Michael Schiavo Asks Florida High Court To Speed Up Removal Of
Wife's Feeding Tube
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 1, 2003
TAMPA, FLORIDA--Less than a week after the 2nd District Court of Appeal ordered a Pinellas Circuit Court to wait 30 days before scheduling the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, her husband has asked the Florida Supreme Court to intervene.
Michael Schiavo on Thursday requested that the state Supreme Court direct the lower appellate court to lift its 30-day stay, so Judge George Greer can schedule having the tube removed. The Supreme Court declined his motion without comment.
Terri was 26 in 1990 when she collapsed and was without oxygen for several minutes. Since then, she has been breathing on her own, but is given food and water through a feeding tube installed in her stomach. The Pinellas Circuit Court has ruled that Terri is in a "persistent vegetative state" and that she cannot improve.
Her husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo, has convinced the courts that Terri would not have wanted to live in her current condition.
For years Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, have been fighting Michael over Terri's right to continue living. They claim Terri may improve with therapies that could be purchased with what is left over of an insurance settlement -- money that would go to Michael if Terri dies.
Disability rights advocates are closely watching Terri's situation. Many say that Terri's death by starvation would send the message that people with significant disabilities are not worth keeping alive.
Terri's brother, Bobby Schindler, and her father appeared Monday night on Bill O'Reilly's "The O'Reilly Factor".
"If you see videos of Terri, you can see that she's trying her hardest to communicate," Bobby Schindler told O'Reilly. "She responds to different stimuli, and doctors believe, that have come in and examined Terri, that she's a candidate to -- for rehabilitation. There's different types that are available today that can be applied to Terri to try to help her."
On the "Terri's Fight" Website, the family has posted audio clips which they claim prove Terri is responsive and even vocalizes. They have also posted video clips in which Terri appears to be following instructions and responding to various stimuli, including her parents' voices.
The O'Reilly Factor "The Fight Over Terri Schiavo" (FoxNews.com)
Terri's Fight (The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation)
"Terri Schiavo's Right To Live" (Inclusion Daily Express)