by Steven Ertelt
March 25, 2005
Pinellas Park, FL (LifeNews.com) — Florida courts and federal courts have turned back virtually every lawsuit, motion and argument filed by Terri Schaivo’s parents in their efforts to prevent their daughter’s painful starvation death.
The decisions leave the Schindlers with few legal options and lots of frustration and disappointment.
"It’s very frustrating. Every minute that goes by is a minute that Terri is being starved and dehydrated to death," her brother, Bobby Schindler, told the Associated Press. He added seeing her is like looking at "pictures of prisoners in concentration camps."
David Gibbs, the lead attorney for the Schindlers, said he would continue to pursue every available option to save Terri.
"We have to stop this, and our hope is that we can get it stopped before it’s too late," he said. "God is our ultimate hope."
The decisions are good news to supporters of Terri’s estranged husband Michael Schiavo.
"I hope the parents do not pursue further legal options to the end. I think their time would be better spent in reflection," Michael’s attorney, euthanasia advocate George Felos, said after the Supreme Court decided not to take the Schindlers’ case.
"We believe it’s time for that to stop as we approach this Easter weekend and that Mrs. Schiavo be able to die in peace," he added.
The Schindlers still have the support of President Bush. A White House spokesman said Thursday he was disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to not take their case.
"The president is saddened by the latest ruling,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said. "We continue to stand with those who are on the side of defending life.”
Both the Schindlers and Florida Governor Jeb Bush are filing a flurry of last-minute motions in an attempt to persuade any of the courts to side with them.
However, time is against them.
Terri’s feeding tube will have been removed for a week on Friday afternoon and her family and other visitors describe her condition as deteriorating rapidly.
Related news stories:
Neurologists: Terri Schiavo Not in Persistent Vegetative State
Related web sites:
Terri Schiavo’s parents – https://www.terrisfight.org