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Court Won’t Intervene in Schiavo Case

March 16, 2005 GMT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A state appeals court Wednesday refused to block the removal of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube later this week, shifting the focus in the right-to-die dispute to the Legislature.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland turned down a request by Bob and Mary Schindler for a delay while they pursue further appeals, and for a new trial on their daughter’s fate.

The tube is scheduled to be removed on Friday at 1 p.m.

Florida legislators pushed bills to block Michael Schiavo from having his wife’s feeding tube removed. The Senate and House were scheduled to consider competing bills Thursday, but negotiators said it would be difficult to reconcile them in time.

``We need to able to talk long and hard about this,″ said state Rep. Shelley Vana.

Schiavo, 41, suffered severe brain damage in 1990 when her heart stopped, and court-appointed doctors say she is in a persistent vegetative state. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, has said she told him she would not want to be kept alive artificially. Her parents dispute that, and say she could get better.

Late last month, Circuit Judge George Greer granted Michael Schiavo permission to remove the feeding tube. After that, it could take a week or two for Terri Schiavo to die.