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Congress, Bush Force Review of Schiavo Case

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Congress, Bush Force Review of Schiavo Case


Congress, Bush Force Review of Schiavo Case

Congress, Bush Force Review of Schiavo Case

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Terri Schiavo's father Bob Schindler embraces his daughter Suzanne after President Bush signs legislation aimed at prolonging the brain-damaged Florida woman's life. Reuters hide caption

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The parents of Terri Schiavo file an injunction to reinsert their brain-damaged daughter's feeding tube. The judge in Tampa has set a hearing for Monday afternoon.

An attorney for Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, filed a request for an emergency injunction at federal district court in Tampa.

The move came after an extraordinary, daylong political fight in Congress.

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President Bush signs emergency legislation passed by Congress overnight forcing a federal court review of the Schiavo case.

The House early Monday, following a move by the Senate, passed a bill to let Schiavo's parents ask a federal judge to prolong her life by reinserting a feeding tube. President Bush signed the measure less than an hour later.

Court-appointed doctors say Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state with no cognitive ability and no hope for recovery. Her parents disagree with that diagnosis. They say she is responsive and could improve with therapy.

Her family also argues that Schiavo's religious beliefs — she is a Catholic — were not taken into consideration in deciding whether to prolong her life.

For years, state courts have sided with husband Michael Schiavo and ordered the feeding tube removed.

The 41-year-old woman's feeding tube was removed Friday on a Florida judge's order. Schiavo could linger for one or two weeks if the tube is not reinserted. Schiavo's feeding tube has been removed twice before.