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Petition drive launched for Terri

Supporters of Terri Schindler-Schiavo have launched a petition drive and letter writing campaign to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush urging him to stop any further legal proceedings until a full investigation is made into the case, including how the woman became incapacitated.

The petition drive is part of an all-out effort by a growing group of activists to raise public awareness about the plight of the 39-year-old brain-disabled woman who has been incapacitated since she collapsed at her home 13 years ago. For the past five years, her husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo, has been seeking court approval to have her feeding tube removed so she will die. His efforts to date have been blocked by her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler.

As WorldNetDaily reported last November, there is compelling medical evidence suggesting Schiavo may have assaulted his wife and perhaps attempted to strangle her. When this was discovered through scanning Terri’s early medical records, attorney Pat Anderson, who represents the parents, filed an emergency motion to have him removed as guardian. Schiavo’s attorney, George Felos, promptly slammed the motion as “garbage” and characterized it as being “rife with unattributed hearsay, rank innuendo and libel.”

Nonetheless, the allegations remain like the elephant in the garden that no one wants to talk about, and Terri’s family and supporters are demanding an investigation.

The petition to the governor is posted on the Internet at www.zimp.org and reads in part:

“We are requesting that you investigate, what the Schindler Family believes are severe abuses conducted against their daughter, Terri Schiavo.

“We also request that you review the heavily guarded Department of Children and Families (DCF) sealed investigation report. It contains the agency’s findings in response to a formal complaint filed of alleged abuses Terri suffered at the hands of her husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo.

“In addition, we ask you to review Terri’s court and medical records.”

Terri’s father, Bob Schindler, told WorldNetDaily he is cautiously optimistic about the success of the petition drive, but has given up on the courts.

“Based on our past history with the courts, I’ve absolutely no confidence in the Florida justice system, the legal system, the injustice system – whatever you want to call it,” he said.

As to the chance the governor would step in, Schindler said, “He should, but that will depend on whether Jeb Bush has the integrity he’s supposed to have.”

Over 5,000 e-mails have been received by the governor’s office, but on Thursday the governor said he would not intervene in the case.

“I’m really limited on what I can do,” Bush said. “I think we have to wait and see what the [Florida] Supreme Court says.”

Contacted for comment, Bush’s media office told WorldNetDaily that the “governor is aware of the sad situation and is keeping the family in his prayers.”

Pamela Hennessey of St. Petersburg has donated the zimp.org website, which has more space for documents than the original www.terrisfight.org website. It features the letter to Jeb Bush and the petition, as well as audio and video clips of Terri and important medical information.

Those wishing to contact Bush can write to [email protected], fax (850) 922-4292, or call his office at (850) 488-4441.

Read main story about Schiavo’s case.