Flooded with 27,000 e-mails urging him to intervene, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has asked a judge to delay setting a date for removal of a feeding tube sustaining the life of a brain-disabled woman, Terri Schindler-Schiavo.
Gov. Jeb Bush
In a letter, Bush asked Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge George W. Greer yesterday to keep her alive until a court-appointed guardian can “independently investigate the circumstances of this case and provide the court with an unbiased view that considers the best interests of Mrs. Schiavo.”
On Friday, the Florida Supreme Court refused to intervene in the case, clearing the way for a Sept. 11 hearing in which Greer would set a date for removal of the feeding tube.
Bush said, according to a copy of the letter obtained by WND, he normally would not write a judge concerning a pending legal proceeding but noted the 27,000 e-mails his office received “reflecting understandable concern for the well being” of Schindler-Schiavo.
Earlier this month, WorldNetDaily publicized a petition drive launched on Schiavo’s behalf, including Bush’s e-mail address.
“This case represents the disturbing result of a severe family disagreement in extremely trying circumstances,” Bush said. “Emotions are high, accusations abound, and at the heart of this public and private maelstrom is a young woman incapable of speaking for herself.”
As WorldNetDaily reported, Terri’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler of Gulf Port, Fla., have been locked in a decade-long legal battle with their son-in-law over the care and custody of their daughter, who suffered massive brain damage when she collapsed at her home 13 years ago under unexplained circumstances at the age of 26.
Terri Schindler-Schiavo before her disability.
The bitter dispute over Terri’s lack of care became a major euthanasia battle five years ago when her husband Michael Schiavo petitioned the court for permission to have her feeding tube removed, claiming she is in a persistent vegetative state and would not want to be kept alive “artificially.” The Schindlers and a number of doctors and therapists believe she could be rehabilitated, but the courts have consistently sided with Schiavo and his lawyer, right-to-die advocate George Felos.
Schindler-Schiavo was hospitalized Sunday for the second time in less than two weeks, CNSNews.com reported yesterday.
“The parents don’t know what’s going on, but she appears to be in critical condition,” family spokeswoman Pamela Hennessy told the news service. “It appears to be pretty serious.”