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Florida Supreme Court Rules "Terri's Law" Unconstitutional

By: Ann Nucatola
By: Ann Nucatola

The high court says the law violates the separation of powers dictated by Florida's Constitution.

Gov. Jeb Bush says he's very disappointed. All over Tallahassee there are people who agree with the governor and others who agree with the court, but everyone agrees this is an incredibly emotional case that no family wants to imagine.

Gov. Bush says, "In my heart I believe what we did was right, but I'm respectful of the Supreme Court's decision."

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that "Terri's Law" is unconstitutional and that the governor should have never been allowed to reinsert Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.

"I'm disappointed, not for political reasons, not for the separation of powers reasons. I respect the court. I'm disappointed for the moral reason of taking an innocent life," Gov. Bush adds.

The state's high court unanimously agreed the law is in violation of the state's separation of powers.

Dr. Michael Pesce says, "I think the decision is mainstream and most people in the U.S. can relate to it. Frankly, I agree."

Mary Griffith adds, "It’s a really difficult issue for both sides. As a mother and a wife, it's really hard for me to imagine if there was any hope of life to actually extinguish it."

Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, have been battling to keep their daughter alive since the 1990s. Their lawyer says Thursday's ruling is no surprise and the efforts to have Michael Schiavo removed as her legal guardian will continue.

The governor has said that lawyers would be looking into the ruling, but admits this may be the final time it goes before the courts.


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