Outside Terri Schiavo's hospice in Florida, the mood was grim for those who hoped someway, somehow, someone would step in and force the reinsertion of the woman's feeding tube, but it didn't happen.
The Supreme Court rejected the parents' appeal, without explanation, in a one-page order, at least the fifth time it has declined to get involved in the case.
The attorney for her husband, Michael Schiavo, says it's what Terri would have wanted.
George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney, says, "We are very grateful for the court's ruling and we believe that effectively ends the litigation in this case."
Here in Florida, Gov. Jeb Bush lost a last minute bid to take state custody of Schiavo.
George Felos says, "I hope her parents don't keep pursuing fruitless legal options; their time should be spent in reflection."
In addition to court appeals, her parents have spent days making public appeals for their daughter's life.
Mary Schindler, Terri’s mother, says, "Please, someone out there, stop this cruelty. Stop this insanity."
Schiavo, who is severely brain damaged, has been without food or water since Friday, when her feeding tube was pulled. Without it, she may have just days to live.
Randall Terry with Operation Rescue, and an advocate for Terri Schiavo's parents, says, "I think we need to plead for Terry's life."
But there may be little more her parents can do.
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