Supreme Court Rejects Another Appeal From Terri Schiavo’s Parents

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 30, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 30
, 2005

Washington, DC ( — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued another decision that allows Terri Schiavo’s painful starvation death to continue. It could also be the last action in the seven year long legal battle between Bob and Mary Schindler and Terri’s estranged husband Michael.

The once-sentence ruling was issued just hours after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals again voted 10-2 not to get involved.

The Supreme Court offered no explanation for turning back the latest request and provided no vote tally of members to determine if any wanted to take the case.

"We’re watching a black mark in American history," David Gibbs, the lead attorney for the Schindlers, told the Associated Press. "Let’s just hope and pray something happens that will keep her alive."

The nation’s high court has now opted against intervening in the case on six different occasions.

Terri’s father Bob told reporters Wednesday afternoon that, "[u]nder the circumstances, she looks darn good, surprisingly good."

Schindler asked Terri supporters to not "throw in the towel as long as she’s fighting, to keep fighting with her."

The Schindlers also faced another setback Wednesday when the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Florida upheld Judge George Greer’s ruling preventing the Florida Department of Children and Families from taking Terri in to protective custody.

The state agency hoped to do that while it investigated allegations of abuse and neglect against Terri’s estranged husband Michael.

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