Brain-Damaged Woman

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Attorneys for Gov. Jeb Bush plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to step in the battle over the law that has kept a brain-damaged woman alive despite her husband's contention she does not want life support.

At issue in the legal fight is whether Bush overstepped his powers when he pushed through a measure in October 2003 ordering Terri Schiavo's feeding tube be reinserted six days after her husband had it removed.

Dubbed "Terri's Law," the measure was struck down by the Florida Supreme Court as an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers.

Terri Schiavo has been at the center of a long legal battle between her husband Michael and her parents Bob and Mary Schindler. The Schindlers contend their daughter never had end-of-life wishes and say some doctors believe she could be rehabilitated.

A Pinellas County probate judge has twice granted Michael Schiavo permission to remove the feeding tube. The judge imposed an indefinite stay on the tube's removal while appeals in the case are pending.

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