Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Protecting Disabled Terri Schiavo from Starvation

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL, September 23, 2004 ( - The Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously today to strike down Terri’s Law which protected disabled Florida woman Terri Schiavo from her estranged husband’s order to have her feeding tube removed. The law, passed by the Florida legislature and signed by Governor Jeb Bush, was ruled by the justices to be a violation of the separation of powers between the courts and the legislature.  The ruling notes that an appeal must be filed within ten days.  Concerned Women for America (CWA) said the ruling should have no effect on Terri Schindler-Schiavo’s fundamental right to live.  “It shouldn’t take extraordinary laws to protect a woman’s right to receive food and water,” said Wendy Wright, CWA’s senior policy director. “Regardless of what the Supreme Court rules or the opinion of her wayward, adulterous husband, Terri deserves the right to live.”  Putting the situation into context, CWA described Terri’s estranged husband.  “Michael Schiavo won a lawsuit granting him a large sum of money based on his claim that he would care for Terri in her disabled state. As soon as the money was in the bank, he began advocating for the right to starve her to death,” said Wright.  Michael Schiavo has been co-habiting with another woman and has two children by her. “It is highly questionable that Michael Schiavo has been permitted to retain legal custody over his wife in the first place when he clearly has a conflict of interest,” said Wright. “Michael Schiavo can hardly have his wife’s best interest in mind when he is on a crusade to kill Terri by removing her feeding tube and starving her to death.”  See the ruling online at:   jhw

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