Scot Coomer, a member of Buncombe Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky., prepares to give his 4-year-old son, Austin, a drink of water through his feeding tube in front of the hospice where Terri Schiavo is dying. Photo by Joni B. Hannigan of the Florida Baptist Witness
PINNELLAS PARK, Fla. (BP)--For days now, pro-lifers have urged Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush to ignore a judge's ruling and have Terri Schiavo taken into custody. Apparently, such an attempt already took place.
The Miami Herald reported Easter Sunday that agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were en route to take custody of the 41-year-old disabled woman March 24 when they learned that local police stationed outside of Schiavo's hospice were not going to let them in. The state agents -- acting on behalf of the Department of Children and Families -- backed down, fearing a constitutional crisis, The Herald reported.