Friday, February 25, 2005

GOOD NEWS ON SCHIAVO CASE - A TEMPORARY STAY

It appears that in 3 weeks, Terry Schiavo will lose her right to be fed. Judge Greer issued a 3-week stay, but emphasized that further delays would no longer be issued.

The judge wrote that he was no longer comfortable granting delays in the long-running family feud, which has been going on for nearly seven years and has been waged in every level of Florida's court system. He said the case must end.

"The court is no longer comfortable granting stays simply upon the filings of new motions," Greer wrote. "There will always be 'new' issues."


There are several factors working in Terry's favor. The Department of Family Services has decided to intervene:
Florida's social services agency is seeking a 60-day delay in the removal of the woman's feeding tube while it investigates new allegations of her abuse and neglect.


Strangely, Pope John Paul II has entered the legal struggle:
The lawyer for the parents also said he is preparing a motion to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the family's claim that Terri Schiavo should be spared based on statements by Pope John Paul II that people in vegetative states have a right to nutrition and hydration. They say Terri, as a practicing Roman Catholic, would have obeyed the pope and would not choose to have her tube removed.


I can foresee the anti-religious types coming out in droves to protest any action by the courts if this motion makes it to that level. Can we say media circus?

I think we need to keep up the full-court press. I just have a feeling that this might be our last chance to influence the direction of this case. So, continue calling, writing, and blogging. And don't forget to pray.

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