Florida's highest court will hear the controversial case of Terri Schiavo Tuesday, but Monday, representatives from national disability groups along with Schiavo's brother made one last plea for the severely brain-damaged woman.
After feeding tubes were removed from Terri Schiavo last year, Gov. Jeb Bush and the Legislature rushed a special law allowing them to be reconnected.
Carol Cleigh, a disability advocate from North Carolina, says, “And when the governor and Legislature came through it was just a relief, and now they're saying that wasn't legal?”
Tuesday the Florida Supreme Court will be asked if "Terri's Law" violates Florida's right of privacy as well as the separation of powers.
Ms. Schiavo's case is about starving a person to death. National disability groups making their way to Tallahassee see no violation except against Terri's right to due process.
“In order for there to be decision, there would have to be evidence she wishes to have the tube removed. There is not clear and convincing evidence in this case.”
Bobby Schiavo, Terri's brother, adds, “If any of you were allowed to see Terri you'd see why we were fighting so hard for her. She's trying to communicate with us to talk to us.”
While Terri's family says she can recover, her husband Michael Schiavo maintains his wife would not want to be kept artificially alive.
Monday night at FSU there will be a public debate on the constitutionality of "Terri's Law."