Brain Damaged Woman Update

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Jeb Bush is taking legal pot shots at the husband of a brain damaged woman who is at the center of a right to die case.

Bush is saying there needs to be a jury trial on whether Terri Schiavo wanted to be kept alive artificially. The governor also wants Circuit Judge Douglas Baird removed from hearing the constitutionality of a new law, which was enacted to reinsert a feeding tube keeping her alive after her husband had it removed last month.

Terri Schiavo went for six days without food and water after her husband Michael removed the tube, which has kept her alive for more than a decade. Florida lawmakers and Bush intervened, enacting a hastily drawn law that allowed the governor to order the feeding tube be reinserted.

Wednesday's legal filings come in response to a lawsuit Michael Schiavo filed challenging the constitutionality of the governor's action. He also wants a temporary restraining order against the governor.

Michael Schiavo argues his wife's right to privacy in making medical decisions for herself had been violated. He contends his wife had said she did not want to be kept alive artificially before she suffered severe brain damage after collapsing in 1990.

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