Judge upholds order for feeding tube removal in right-to-die case

February 12, 2005|By ORLANDO SENTINEL

A Pinellas County, Fla., circuit judge dealt another legal blow to the parents of Terri Schiavo yesterday by refusing to set aside a ruling that calls for the removal of the feeding tube that has sustained their daughter for 15 years.

Although the decision closes another door on Bob and Mary Schindler, it will not end their efforts to keep their daughter alive in a right-to-die case that has pitted them against their son-in-law for seven years.

An attorney for the Schindlers said they will appeal the latest order and ask the U.S. Supreme to review another issue. They also plan to ask Judge George W. Greer to bar Michael Schiavo from removing his wife's feeding tube while they continue their legal fight.

Greer has issued such a stay before. That order could expire Feb 21, when, according to Michael Schiavo's lawyer, he is free to remove his wife's feeding tube.

The Orlando Sentinel is a Tribune Publishing newspaper.

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