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Fl. Supreme Court Denies Re-hearing for Terri's Law

''The protection of vulnerable persons with disabilities requires that all three branches remain vigilant in defense of their rights''
( [email protected] ) Oct 23, 2004 11:39 AM EDT

The Florida Supreme Court rejected Thursday a request for a re-hearing in a case involving Terri’s Law, enacted by Gov. Jeb Bush to reinsert feeding tubes for Terri Schiavo after they her husband had ordered them removed.

The High Court declined to rehear the case in a 4-3 decision without comment. On Sept. 23, the court ruled the law was unconstitutional and violated the separation of powers.

However, on Oct. 4, attorneys of Bush filed a motion for a re-hearing arguing Terri’s Law was not unconstitutional and that Bush was not allowed “due process.”

“The protection of vulnerable persons with disabilities requires that all three branches remain vigilant in defense of their rights,” the motion read.

Attorneys have not yet decided if the case will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

While Terri’s husband has pushed to remove her feeding tube for years, contending that she would not want to continuing living in what some doctors refer to as a “persistent vegetative state,” her parents, Bob and Mary Schiavo are fighting to keep their daughter alive. They believe their Catholic daughter would uphold the Pope’s view on the sanctity of life and are currently fighting for a re-hearing in a lower court.