Parents Lose Appeal

3-23-05 - ATLANTA (AP) Terri Schiavo's parents have lost another round in federal court in their bid to prolong the life of their severely brain-damaged daughter.

In a two-to-one ruling, a federal appeals court panel in Atlanta has refused to order Florida doctors to reconnect the feeding tube that had been keeping her alive. A lower court judge issued a similar ruling Tuesday despite extraordinary action by Congress over the weekend to transfer the case to the federal courts.

A lawyer for Bob and Mary Schindler says they'll file another appeal Wednesday. He says their daughter is "fading quickly" and could die at any moment.

The tube was disconnected last Friday at the request of Schiavo's husband, Michael, who says it's what she would have wanted. Years of challenges in Florida courts had all gone his way.

Demonstrators outside the Florida hospice where Terri Schiavo is living are decrying today's decision not to re-insert her feeding tube.

The tube was removed last week and this is the second federal court to turn down her parent's request to have it put back in.

One of those keeping vigil outside of the hospice today calls the ruling "a clear cut case of judicial tyranny." She says "all the judges who have ruled against Terri are tyrants."

She adds that she expected the ruling from the appeals court in Atlanta.

About 75 protesters gathered outside of the hospice yesterday. One of the women was arrested for trespassing after she tried to take Schiavo a cup of water.