Supreme Court, Florida Courts Reject Efforts to Save Terri Schiavo

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 17, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 17, 2005

Washington, DC ( — The U.S. Supreme Court and Florida courts have rejected final appeals from Terri Schiavo’s family and the Florida Department of Children and Families. The decisions, along with failures by Congress and the Florida legislature to agree on bills protecting Terri, means her feeding tube will possibly be removed Friday afternoon.

The Supreme Court on Thursday denied a request from Bob and Mary Schindler to halt the starvation death of their daughter and to have a new trial.

Justice Anthony Kennedy made the decision for the high court.

The Schindlers hoped the high court would agree with their contention that killing Terri violates her religious liberties as a Catholic who opposes euthanasia. They also say that Terri’s due process rights have been abrogated because she has never had an attorney represent her interests in the decade-long legal battle between the Schindlers and her estranged husband Michael.

The nation’s top court had twice previously denied taking the case under consideration.

Meanwhile, Circuit Court Judge George Greer this week denied a request from the Florida state agency seeking to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect by her estranged husband Michael.

The Florida agency hoped to delay removing the feeding tube for 60 days while it investigates.

A Florida appeals court also denied the investigation delay request and the Florida Supreme Court denied the request Thursday as well.

Those decisions leave Terri’s parents and advocates of helping her stay alive with little or no options.

Terri’s family and pro-life advocates are pinning their hopes on the U.S. Senate changing its mind and agreeing to the House-approved bill or the House reconvening to approve the Senate-passed legislation.

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