TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP)--In a case pro-life advocates say may decide the future of euthanasia in the United States, Florida Supreme Court justices heard arguments Aug. 31 over the constitutionality of “Terri’s Law” -– a measure opposed by Terri Schiavo’s husband, Michael, who is seeking to have his disabled wife’s feeding and hydration tubes removed.
The legal tug-of-war over the plight of 40-year-old Terri Schiavo drew a packed courtroom, including Terri’s parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, and her siblings, Robert “Bobby” Schindler Jr. and Suzanne Vitadamo.
Terri Schiavo, the woman at the center of the debate, has been in and out nursing homes and hospice care since she collapsed in 1990 under what her parents have said are “suspicious circumstances.” When her heart stopped, her brain was deprived of oxygen and she has been severely disabled since. Some doctors refer to her condition as a “persistent vegetative state,” while others have said that if rehabilitation had been made available to her, she might have improved. Read More