The U.S. Senate has approved a bill aimed at prolonging Terri Schiavo's life while a federal court considers her case.
House Republicans, meanwhile, are scrambling to bring lawmakers back to the nation's Capitol for an emergency vote.
Terry Schiavo has been without food or water since her feeding tube was removed Friday afternoon. In an extraordinary move, Republicans on Capitol Hill are now attempting to change that.
At midnight Eastern Time Monday, Congress was expected to pass a bill and immediately send it to the president. President Bush, who interrupted his Texas vacation and returned to Washington, was expected to immediately sign it. After that, Terry's case would go to a federal judge who can order her feeding tube to be reinserted.
Tom Delay says, "How can we live with ourselves if we don't give her one more chance to live?"
At the Florida Hospice where Terry is staying, Schiavo's father and mother have been surrounded by supporters. For days they've been demanding that the politicians and courts reverse the decision implemented by Terry's husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo.
Terri Schiavo supporter Randall Terry says, "And until the food and water have been restored permanently, we will not rest."
Opponents of bringing Terri Schiavo’s case to Capitol Hill say this should be one family's personal tragedy, not a public forum for the right to life debate.
Congresswoman Debbie Schultz says, "We're not medical experts, were not bioethecists, were members of Congress. When I ran for Congress I didn't ask my constituents for the right to make life or death decisions, and they don't want me to make them."
For years Terry's parents and husband have been fighting in the courts over her life. Michael Schiavo insists his wife would never want to live like this, but Terry's parents say their daughter responds to their presence and has a will to live.
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