News of the Day ... in Perspective5/12/2004
Terri’s Law ruled unconstitutional
Circuit Court Judge Douglas Baird struck down a law passed by the Florida legislature that authorized Gov. Jeb Bush to ask doctors to reinsert Terri Schindler Schiavo’s feeding tube.
Terri’s estranged husband Michael Schiavo intends that his neurologically impaired wife will die from dehydration, while her parents argue that she has shown ample evidence of a desire to live.
The Judge holds that the law violates Terri’s right to privacy and the separation of powers, by giving the Governor legislative authority. Gov. Bush will appeal the decision to the 2nd District Court of Appeal (Chicago Tribune, 5/7/04).
Mr. Schiavo may ask the Courts to lift a stay on the decision so that he can have the feeding tube removed during the pendency of the appeal.
The Schindlers are not allowed to visit their daughter unless they pay an off-duty police officer to accompany them (www.lifenews.com).