February 23, 2005

INALIENABLE:

Judge Prolongs "Right-to-Die" Case: An emergency stay blocks the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, the same day a Florida court cleared the way for the move. (John-Thor Dahlburg, February 23, 2005, LA Times)

The long legal battle over a severely brain-damaged woman was extended at least one more day Tuesday, when a Florida appeals court cleared the way for the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, only to have another judge order it kept in place.

The emergency stay, issued by Pinellas Circuit Judge George W. Greer, expires at 5 p.m. today. David C. Gibbs III, an attorney for Schiavo's parents, said he would argue that enough issues remained unresolved in the case that Greer should extend his ban on disconnecting the tube indefinitely.

Bob and Mary Schindler have been fighting for years to keep their daughter alive. They were at her bedside in a hospice Tuesday, fearing her food and water supply might be cut off, when they learned of Greer's order.

"They believe God answered their prayers. Their daughter is alive for another day," Gibbs said.


We the People are the only thing that stands between Terry Schiavo and the husband who wants to be rid of her. For now, at least, the system is working.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 23, 2005 6:58 AM
Comments

John-Thor wants his starved woman, and he wants her now. Even the Nazi's used euphuism and circumlocution to obfuscate their murder program. Our guys at least have integrity; they are evil in word and deed.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 23, 2005 11:20 AM

If, once the feeding tube were removed, were someone to shoot the woman to "put her out of her misery", what would the legal ramifications be? Is is murder to kill someone quickly who is being killed slowly? Why execute mass murders quickly and painlessly but then take days to kill someone like this woman who has outlived her usefulness? If the state is going to sanction killings like this one, shouldn't they be done in a consistent manner, and so isn't this killing a violation of "equal protection"?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 23, 2005 12:26 PM
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