Friday, March 25, 2005

You gotta give 'em props for persistence.

Schiavo's Parents Back in Federal Court

By KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA - For the third time in four days, Terri Schiavo's parents asked the same federal appeals court to order the reinsertion of their brain-damaged daughter's feeding tube. Their move came hours after a federal judge refused the same request.

In their latest appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Bob and Mary Schindler argued that their daughter's due process and religious rights were being violated.

Attorneys for Schiavo's husband, Michael, have until about 5 p.m. to respond to the appeal. Michael Schiavo has said his wife has no hope for recovery and wouldn't want to be kept alive artificially.

The parent's latest appeal, which opens with the sentence, "This is a mercy killing case," asks the court to order the Florida hospice where Terri Schiavo is staying to immediately transport her by ambulance to a hospital for medical treatment to sustain her life.

The appeal also asks the case be returned to district court with orders for an evidentiary hearing.