Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo

The Terri Schiavo case ( /ˈʃaɪvoʊ/) was a legal struggle involving prolonged life support in the United States that lasted from 1990 to 2005. The issue was whether to carry out the decision of the husband of Teresa Marie "Terri" Schiavo to terminate life support for her. Terri was diagnosed by doctors as being in a persistent vegetative state. The highly publicized and prolonged series of legal challenges presented by her parents and by state and federal legislative intervention effected a seven-year delay before life support finally was terminated.

Terri Schiavo collapsed in her St. Petersburg, Florida, home in full cardiac arrest on February 25, 1990. She suffered massive brain damage due to lack of oxygen and, after two and a half months in a coma, her diagnosis was changed to vegetative state. For the next few years doctors attempted speech and physical therapy and other experimental therapy, hoping to return her to a state of awareness. In 1998 Schiavo's husband, Michael, petitioned the Sixth Circuit Court of Florida (Pinellas County), to remove her feeding tube pursuant to Florida Statutes Section 765.401(3). He was opposed by Terri's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, who argued that she was conscious. The court determined that she would not wish to continue life-prolonging measures, and on April 24, 2001, her feeding tube was removed for the first time, only to be reinserted several days later. On February 25, 2005, a Pinellas County judge ordered the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. Several appeals and federal government intervention followed, which included U.S. President George W. Bush returning to Washington D.C. to sign legislation designed to keep her alive. After all attempts at appeals through the federal court system upheld the original decision to remove the feeding tube, staff at the Pinellas Park hospice facility where Terri was being cared for disconnected the feeding tube on March 18, 2005, and she died on March 31, 2005. In all, the Schiavo case involved 14 appeals and numerous motions, petitions, and hearings in the Florida courts; five suits in federal district court; Florida legislation struck down by the Supreme Court of Florida; federal legislation (the Palm Sunday Compromise); and four denials of certiorari from the Supreme Court of the United States. The case also spurred highly visible activism from the pro-life movement and disability rights groups.

Since Schiavo's death, both her husband and her family have written books on their side of the case, and both have also been involved in activism over its larger issues.

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Selected Court Cases In The Terri Schiavo Case - Legal Cases 1992-2002 - Petition To Remove Feeding Tube
... On June 18, 1990, the court appointed Michael Schiavo as Terri Schiavo's legal guardian this appointment was not disputed by the Schindlers at the time ... In May 1998, Michael Schiavo filed a petition to remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, which her parents opposed ... Vincent Gambone's diagnosis of PVS that Schiavo was legally in a persistent vegetative state as defined by Florida Statutes, Title XLIV, Chapter 765, §101(12) ...
Selected Court Cases In The Terri Schiavo Case - Developments Since Schiavo's Death
... Since Terri Schiavo's death in March 2005, Michael Schiavo and her family have clashed a number of times ... In April 2005, the families disagreed over Schiavo's burial ... The Schindlers had wanted her body to be buried in Florida, while Michael Schiavo said at the time that he would cremate her body and then have her ashes buried in her home state of Pennsylvania ...
Government Involvement In The Terri Schiavo Case
... government and the State of Florida, were involved in the case of Terri Schiavo ... In November 1998 Michael Schiavo, husband of Terri Schiavo, first sought permission to remove his wife's feeding tube ... Schiavo had suffered brain damage in February 1990, and in February 2000 had been ruled by a Florida circuit court to be in a persistent vegetative state ...
Public Opinion And Activism In The Terri Schiavo Case - Aftermath
... with the guardianship authority of Michael Schiavo and the privacy rights of Terri Schiavo ... Advocates indicate that the rate of living will creation has increased since Terri Schiavo died ... Paul Schenck's organization, NPLAC, has commissioned a sculpture to Terri Schiavo entitled Compassion ...
Selected Court Cases In The Terri Schiavo Case
... The Terri Schiavo case ( /ˈʃaɪvoʊ/) was a legal struggle involving prolonged life support in the United States that lasted from 1990 to 2005 ... The issue was whether to carry out the decision of the husband of Teresa Marie "Terri" Schiavo to terminate life support for her ... Terri was diagnosed by doctors as being in a persistent vegetative state ...