Friday, April 01, 2005

The next Schiavo story…

Manuel Roig-Franzia and Mike Allen report, in the Washington Post:

The war over Terri Schiavo, once tightly focused on whether she would live or die, shifted at times Monday to arguments over how her body will be examined.

Her husband, Michael Schiavo, wants an autopsy in hopes of proving the severity of her brain damage. Her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, want a medical examination to answer questions about their suspicions that Michael Schiavo may have broken her bones in what they say may have been an attack that caused her brain injury, an allegation that was previously made.

Michael Schiavo and his attorneys have vehemently denied the accusation, saying doctors believe Schiavo's brain injury was caused by a lack of oxygen after a heart attack.

The dueling plans for examining Terri Schiavo's body were announced Monday as protesters carried crucifixes into Lafayette Square across from the White House, then visited three congressional offices to pressure lawmakers to intervene again in the case.

But their pleas are unlikely to yield action: The House Government Reform Committee, which had issued a subpoena for Schiavo to appear at a hearing at her hospice, has withdrawn the subpoena, and House officials said another will not be issued. Nonetheless, House officials met with protesters and assured them that lawmakers will inquire into the broader issues raised by the case.

The political realm is the last hope for the Schindlers, who have ended their legal fight to have their daughter's feeding tube reinserted after state and federal courts repeatedly rejected their case. Robert Schindler and his supporters urged Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) to step into the case Monday, as they have for days, even though courts have ruled that the governor does not have authority to take custody of Schiavo.


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