Florida Court Rejects Law Keeping Woman Alive

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, SEPT. 23, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Florida Supreme Court struck down a law approved by the state Legislature last fall to keep a severely brain-damaged woman hooked up to a feeding tube against her husband’s wishes.

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The court said the law that kept Terri Schiavo alive violated the separation of powers between the judicial branch and the legislative and executive branches, the Associated Press said.

Lower courts had ruled that Michael Schiavo could have the tube removed, but the Legislature passed the law to overrule the courts. It was not immediately known if today’s ruling would clear the way for the tube’s final removal.

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