Judge George Greer gave Terri Schiavo three more weeks of nutrition and hydration while her parents fight to keep her alive. The stay was the third this week delaying the removal of a feeding tube, which has kept Schiavo alive for fifteen years. According to the Orlando Sentinel in a story picked up by the Chicago Tribune, the judge seems to be getting tired of the continual appeals by Schiavo's parents. "The court is no longer comfortable granting stays simply upon the filings of new motions," Greer wrote. "There will always be 'new' issues that can be pled."
Bob and Mary Schindler, Schiavo's parents, asked that there be enough time given to investigate a motion by the Florida Department of Children & Families an allegation of abuse of Schiavo. The Schindlers also hope other appeals will keep their daughter alive. In addition, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the legislature may try to step in, as they did in October 2003 when they passed Terri's Law, which allow Schiavo's feeding tube to be replaced six days after it was removed.
The Vatican has voiced its opinions on the case, saying, "If Mr. Schiavo legally succeeded in provoking the death of his wife, this would not only be tragic in itself, but it would be a serious step toward legally approving euthanasia in the United States." The statement, reported by the Associated Press, was made by Cardinal Renato Martino, the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on Vatican Radio.
Focus on the Family's new president:
Focus on the Family appoints new president | Current COO James D. Daly will replace Don Hodel (Focus on the Family)
North American Anglicans disciplined:
- Episcopalians cling to unity for convention | Homosexuality issue is debated (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.)
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