Judge Voids Law Keeping Fla. Woman Alive

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    Terry Schaivo is now in danger of her husband pulling the plug on her, even though she will likely improve with therapy - but her husband is more interested in collecting the insurance money, apparently.


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    TAMPA, Fla. - The law pushed by Gov. Jeb Bush to keep a severely brain damaged woman alive is unconstitutional, a Circuit Court judge ruled Thursday. The governor's office filed an immediate appeal.

    The ruling by Pinellas Circuit Court Judge W. Douglas Baird voided the law passed in October, just days after Terri Schiavo was disconnected from the feeding and hydration tube which has kept her alive for more than a decade.

    The law allowed Bush to order Terri Schiavo's feeding tube reconnected.

    Her husband, Michael, had fought a long court battle to carry out what he said were his wife's wishes not to be kept alive artificially, but her parents have said there were no such wishes.

    Michael Schiavo contends his wife never wanted to be kept alive artificially. Her parents, however, doubt she had such wishes and believe her condition could improve with therapy.

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...=/ap/20040506/ap_on_re_us/brain_damaged_woman
     
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    this has been back and forth in the courts and a judge decided that the husband was right, did it not? I'm sure that questions were asked of different doctors about therapy improving her condition as well.

    I knew when FLA passed this law that it would be voided. It's clearly unconstitutional and only bolsters the reasons for leaving a living will or trust to implicitly state your requests.
     
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    The husband has absolutely no proof whatsoever that she would not have wanted to stay alive. She follows things with her eyes and to me,looks like she is regeristing something. There has also been new speculation about what really happened the day of her "heart attack". Her husband is free and clear to do what he wants,get married whatever. I think he even has a child. That's fine,but his drive to pull the plug sounds to me like there may be another motive behind what he is doing. Her parents have agreed to take full responsibility for her. He has moved on with another relationship,so why in the world would he want to take her from the people that brought her on to this earth when he has a new life? I don't get it. She could have also been more rehabilitated if he would have let them do something years ago. He never let them touch her with a chance of rehabilitation-hmmmm...why could that be?
     
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    I thought I heard also that Florida had a previous law that you cannot starve someone to death by withdrawing a feeding tube. That is all they'll be doing.:mad:
     
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    Its quite possible that he's truly pursuing this because thats what she wanted. As to the day of the 'heart attack', was there no investigation on it?

    granted, there's alot of grey area still but this ultimately should come down to the spouses right to decide, provided that all avenues of investigation have proven that no crime was commited and all therapuetic improvement has been ruled out.
     
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    The point here is that she will not die if the feeding tube is removed. She can be taught to eat, but they have never let that happen. Why? Because Michael has connections with the medical facilities she resides in. He has refused to let her TRY to live based on what he says are her wishes. This makes the whole case clean cut murder.

    -Oh.

    What caused her to be this way?

    There was a criminal trial for attempted murder AGAINST MICHAEL. The judge suspended it indefinitely until this particular issue was resolved.

    Guess who the star piece of evidence is?
     
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    Now thats something I have never heard related to this story. I remember something about an investigation but NEVER a suspended murder trial. How is this man walking free with another woman and child then? I'd have to see the documentation regarding an ongoing trial.
     
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    They DID have the docs up on her site.

    I will have to look it up again.
     
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    http://www.terrisfight.org/

    http://www.terrisfight.org/documents.html

    --For the court documentation (nothing titled as referring to the murder trial, but I DID read in one of the docs a few months ago a reference to it).

    http://www.terrisfight.org/myths.html

    --all the reasons this whole thing is illegal :with the laws recited.

    The site has changed a lot over time. Any significant time spent reading the site shows the reality of his connections and the fact he is trying again to kill her.

    One of these documents DID have references to the suspended murder trial, but I just cant locate it right now.
     
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    Exactly.He never wanted her rehablitated from day 1. If he has moved on with his life,I still would love to know why he cares if she gets taken care of by her parents. Sean Hannity dicussed this a while ago,and said there were funny circimstances surrounding her medical conditions. The doctors are split on her future,but if half say she could make it,why not give her a shot?
     

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