High court refuses to block Schiavo ruling

March 17, 2005 at 7:37 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday refused to block a lower-court order permitting the removal of life support from Terri Schiavo in Florida.

Her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, have been in a long legal fight with their son-in-law, Michael Schiavo, who wants to remove his wife's feeding and hydration tubes because he says that is what she would have wanted.

A lower court ruling would allow her life support to be removed at 1 p.m. EST Friday, her parents said.

A series of courts have found Terri Schiavo to be in a "persistent vegetative state" since a medical emergency seven years ago. She has been on life support since then.

But the Schindlers say their daughter is responsive to visits and interacts with them.

A Circuit judge in Pinellas County, Fla., issued an order Feb. 25 allowing the life support to be removed and state appeals courts rejected a stay.

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