TAMPA, Fla. – The husband of a severely brain-damaged woman has until Wednesday to challenge the constitutionality of a week-old law that authorized Gov. Jeb Bush to intervene in the contentious right-to-die case.
Bush used what lawmakers dubbed "Terri's Law" to order Terri Schiavo's (search) feeding tube reinserted Oct. 21, six days after her husband had it removed with a court's approval.
Attorneys for her husband are expected to challenge the law. Michael Schiavo has been battling his in-laws for years to carry out what he says is his wife's wish to not be kept alive artificially.
Bob and Mary Schindler argued their daughter could improve with therapy and asked Bush to intervene.
Terri Schiavo, 39, suffered severe brain damage (search) in 1990 when her heart stopped. Some medical experts have testified she is in a persistent vegetative state with no hope of recovery; others disagree. She has been sustained with a feeding tube.
Also Monday, a coalition of disability rights group issued a statement in support of preserving Terri Schiavo's life.
"The belief that people with disabilities like (Schiavo's) are 'better off dead' is long-standing but wrong. It imperils us all," said the statement signed by 14 organizations, including ADA Watch (search), Center on Human Policy and World Association of Persons with Disabilities.