Brain Damaged Woman

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Terri Schiavo is the 40-year-old woman brain-damaged woman at the center of a legal battle between her husband and her parents. Last October, state lawmakers passed a law giving Gov. Jeb Bush the power to order her feeding tube reinserted.

A state judge ruled in May that the law violated Schiavo's privacy rights. The state Supreme Court will consider the governor's appeal tomorrow. But 17 disability groups have signed on to a "friend-of-the-court" brief supporting Schiavo's parents and the governor.

At a Tallahassee news conference today, Rebecca Ramage-Tuttle of Atlanta spoke for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association. She says the fight to keep Terri Schiavo alive is, in her words, "basically the struggle for all of our lives."

Schiavo's brother, Bobby Schindler, says her parents are both anxious about tomorrow's hearing but also confident about the constitutionality of the law.

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