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March 21, 2005

Court Hearing For Terri Schiavo Scheduled For 3:00 PM ET

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There is a hearing scheduled in court today at 3:00 PM ET before Honorable Judge James D Whittemore in Tampa today for a restraining order to be placed on Judge Greer, Michael Schiavo and the Hospice of Florida Suncoast for denying Terri food and water.

Please continue to pray. Terri's family is concerned that the judge is not alowing the immediate reinsertion of her feeding tube and is waiting until 3:00 PM ET. She is not holding up as well as last time her tube was removed.

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The judge was appointed by Clinton, according to published news reports. Does he not understand that this woman has been without water for three days? At the very least he could order that she be given ice chips. Prisons go to extraordinary lengths to keep condemned prisoners alive until their execution.

Remember this, though - our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities. Pray!

Posted by: corrie at March 21, 2005 11:02 AM

So, reading Judge Whittimore's order for the 3pm hearing, it seems that Gibbs did not file the required legal memorandum along with the motion for the temporary restraining order. Not to be a Monday morning quarterback, but don't these guys know how to file a legally correct motion?

I don't wish to be critical, but c'mon. She's starving to death!!

It seems the judge gave them more time to get their paperwork house in order. I think he could have just said "no" and in fact, if the proper paperwork isn't filed by noon today, the motion WILL be denied, according to the footnote in the judge's order.

C'mon team, let's get our act together! We slam Judge Greer for bad legal actions, and we can't even file a motion properly in federal district court?

Posted by: Bryan at March 21, 2005 11:12 AM

Praying constantly for Terri.

Posted by: Amy at March 21, 2005 11:15 AM

The hearing is set for 3PM. This is the hour of Christ's death on Good Friday. We call this the hour of Divine Mercy.

At 3PM, please pray the DIVINE Mercy chaplet. It is a very simple prayer. Here is a link to say it using your computer to count the prayers:


Note: Although this is a "Catholic" prayer; (we use Rosary beads to count the prayers)--it is NOT a prayer for Catholics alone. It is a prayer to beg God's Divine Mercy for all of us, and Terri needs our prayers.

This prayer is important because we beg God's Divine Mercy and understand Jesus's promise that He and the Father hear this prayer and respond to it....

"Eternal Father, I offer You the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ."

"In attonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world."

"For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion"
"Have Mercy on us and on the whole world."

"Holy One."
"Holy Mighty One."
"Holy Immortal One."

"Have Mercy on us and on the whole world."

Posted by: Tress at March 21, 2005 11:17 AM

any idea if whitmore is a liberal?
seattle is praying. local TV, talk radio and several blogs here all discussing this.

Posted by: chardonnay at March 21, 2005 11:18 AM

If Michael claims marital right for Terri's health because he is her husband, but openly lives with a common law wife with whom is has fathered two children, is he practising polygamy in the State of Florida?

He certainly has a conflict of interest and it is not in Terri's favor.

He wants Terri to die so he can remarry.

He wants Terri to die so he keeps the settlement balance. He saved money by not providing therapy all these years as part of her care.

He can divorce Terri and remarry, but would rather seek to legally kill her.

Terri needs to have a Guardian Ad Litem appointed to make her decision based on fact.

Posted by: Sue at March 21, 2005 11:29 AM

It is Michael's fought that this has gone as far as it has, Terri's voice and rights have not been heard or protected. I live in Oregon and this voted for the assisted suicide law but wrong is wrong in this case. She is alive,she is not being protected or cared for by Michael. He does not love her or he wouldnt be with another woman and have 2 children with her. What are the common law marriage laws in Florida? Does he even have any legal rights over Terri? How long has he been with this other woman?

Posted by: adrienne at March 21, 2005 11:35 AM


Very well stated.

Posted by: Sirena at March 21, 2005 11:36 AM

adrienne, michael scumbag adulterer has been with his girlfriend, jodi, for 10 years. he does have legal guardianship over terri.

Posted by: Marine Momma at March 21, 2005 11:39 AM

Shalom ~ The Schindler legal team has worked nonstop on this case, and the stress can very wearisome, exhuasting, etc. (Words cannot express) We share the frustrations of many, but the legal team is only human. Right now, they need a strength that is not humanly possible to muster. Please, please, let us not speak negatively, but let's hold the legal team up in prayer, as well as the family and Terri. L'Chaim (To LIFE)!

Posted by: Chana Meira at March 21, 2005 11:44 AM

Yes, I know they have worked extremely hard. That is why I said I do not wish to be critical.

I am not trying to be judgmental; I'm just trying to understand what is going on here.


We can't come this far to have Terri die because we didn't file the motion properly.

That's all I'm saying.

Thanks to the Gibbs Law Firm for their tireless efforts on Terri's behalf. I'm sorry if I offended them or anyone by commenting.

Posted by: Bryan at March 21, 2005 11:53 AM

Please let her die with respect and dignity. I would NEVER want to be remembered for being in a vegetative state. I can't believe the government has overstepped its boundries in this case. 1500 soldiers DEAD in Iraq, record deficits, record gas prices, and the government convenes for a 'special session' about ONE person! It's time to let her go!

Posted by: Right to Die at March 21, 2005 11:53 AM

Torturing a person by starvation is NOT death with dignity. It's cruel and unusual punishment.

Posted by: Bryan at March 21, 2005 11:56 AM

Apart from disabled people, are there any other groups Mr./Ms. "right to die" believes should not have rights secured through government intervention? Blacks? Jews? women? abused children or battered wives? This matter is the holocaust all over again, and I cannot believe so many "good" people are sitting by watching. The government DOES have an oblgiation to protect its citizens when others trample on their rights. The decision of a person or a family becomes a public concern when they violate the rights of other people.

Posted by: Chana Meira at March 21, 2005 12:04 PM

As a Catholic I have been raised to believe that if I live a good life here on earth then I will be rewarded with life everlasting in Heaven. Her family is being selfish in not wanting to lose her. They have kept her in solitary confinement for the last 15 years. Let her go, let her receive her just reward in the Kingdom of Heaven. I commend her husband for fighting for her, he could have divorced her years ago and let the family have their way but he continues to fight for the woman he loves.

Posted by: D Silva at March 21, 2005 12:15 PM

This is the crime of the century folks. This is not about the "right to die". Conspiracy is going to unravel, whether it happens before or after Terri dies, and whether she dies this week or twenty years from now.

This man, his lawyer, and his judge all have something to hide. They are all hiding behind the death with dignity mantra. And anyone who agrues in their favor is only assisting in their deception.

Posted by: Teri J at March 21, 2005 12:21 PM

D. Silva, the "solitary confinement" was the husband's idea, not the family's. He's the one who has been denying her visitors, music, excursions outdoors to enjoy the sunshine, and even dental care. Doesn't that strike you as cruel? I don't think he "loves" Terri any more. I think he just thinks she's in the way.

Posted by: Mary in LA at March 21, 2005 12:22 PM

D Silva,

Please read the evidence, go to terrisfight.org. Her husband is not fighting for her, his motives are FAR from pure. He needs to be investigted.

Posted by: Teri J at March 21, 2005 12:22 PM

The parents of Terri Schiavo asked a judge to reinsert the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube Monday, following an extraordinary political fight that consumed both chambers of Congress and prompted the president to rush back to the White House.

An attorney for Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, arrived at federal district court in Tampa and filed a request for an emergency injunction to keep their daughter fed.

It was assigned to U.S. District Judge James Whittemore, who was nominated to the court in 1999 by President Clinton. He set a hearing for Monday afternoon, according to a court Web site.

Oh boy a Clinton appointee we Terri is at the mercy of a liberal judge. God Help Her !

Posted by: J.R. at March 21, 2005 12:35 PM

D Silva:

I was born and raised Catholic too, and I thought the same thing you did. 16 years of Catholic education.

I wish I had been taught to read the Bible and that the Scriptures are God's authoritative inerrant revelation to His people so that we might know and understand Him.

It is only by the shed blood of Jesus on the cross cleansing us from our sin that we gain entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven, not because we live a good life. We are all sinners, and fall short of the glory of God. (See Ephesians 2:8-9 and Romans 3:23) http://www.justforcatholics.org/

With regard to the "selfishness" of her parents, I think that they understand that Terri's life is precious, that it is the Lord who decides who lives and dies, that the Sixth Commandment ("Thou shalt not murder") actually means something to God (they are NOT the Ten Suggestions).

God ALONE is the author of life. May His name be proclaimed through Terri's situation, and may He grant Terri mercy and a miracle.


Posted by: Bryan at March 21, 2005 12:44 PM

D Silva,

you misunderstood.... it was Terri's husband who kept her totally isolated in the room with blinds drawn at the hospice and hardly let anyone visit her, even her own parents, unless they have his permission. Her parents want to take her OUT of the hospice and to have her cared for at home surrounded by her beloved ones. So do not blame Terri's parents, okay? :P

Posted by: Jane at March 21, 2005 12:48 PM

i'm just wondering what skeletons will come out when michael's investigation starts.

Posted by: Spike at March 21, 2005 12:50 PM

What is the point of praying, there is no god! Show me proof that there is and I will reconsider.

Why not let her die? Who is paying for the care that she receives? If you want to keep her alive then why don’t you help offset the costs of her care. Michael is doing the right thing by removing the feeding tube. After 15 years as a vegetable, do you actually think she will recover from her injuries?

Posted by: Bryan at March 21, 2005 1:47 PM

By Bryan (the first one):

There is another Bryan posting (1:47pm, "chadderbutter@hotmail.com") that is not me (12:44 pm, "a57chevypreterist@yahoo.com).

Bryan (who believes in God! Praise Him!)

Posted by: Bryan at March 21, 2005 2:05 PM

Bryan the Second: Terri's not a vegetable. She's not brain-dead or comatose, either. Her parents want to take care of her, and apparently have the financial means to do so. Keeping Terri alive won't cost the taxpayers. Where are you getting your information?

I recommend you add a qualifier to your name so you don't get confused with the Bryan who was here first.

Posted by: Mary in LA at March 21, 2005 2:49 PM

This is not about personal convictions or morals. This is about the truth. What is the truth and who is going about trying to find out? The right to die, the right to live, what would Terri’s wishes be? Is she actually PVS? You can’t possibly make a decision on this case without knowing those answers and they have yet to be adequately answered as to bring about certainty, and Michael Schiavo has been the biggest reason for the answers being unavailable. Why?

Posted by: imdll at March 21, 2005 2:55 PM

Did anyone catch on CNN the statement that Terri had been in the hospital for bulimia prior to this. Am I misunderstanding things? I thought that I had read in the court documents that the malpractice suit was about undiagnosed bulimia? If it was undiagnosed how could she have been hospitalized for it? If there is any truth to that statement then why has it not been brought up until now?

Posted by: imdll at March 21, 2005 3:04 PM

Where is there fairness keeping someone alive that has no chance of improvement, it's been 15 years of tax dollars being spent on this crusade.
If her parents want to continue this they should cough up the bill and maybe then people that have hope of improvenment will be able to get help from tax dollars.

Posted by: Maria at March 21, 2005 3:04 PM

Maria -- Very few brain damaged people have "no chance of improvement". A woman who's so responsive despite having received no therapy could be helped greatly, even now. Bear in mind that we've also advanced medically in the years since Terri was hurt.

Bryan II -- Since you don't believe in God or an afterlife, obviously you must feel that individual intelligent life is extremely precious and rare in the universe. There's a group called Atheists for Life that you might want to look into; they do good work.

It's also obvious that you shouldn't give a care whether or not people are praying, since a purely mental activity should be no big deal to you. So I'm at a loss as to why you so clearly do care. :)

Posted by: Maureen at March 21, 2005 4:25 PM

It never ceases to amaze me that the press, politicians and some lobbyists or vocal public continue to repeat misinformation about Terri's case. It isn't like it takes an incredible amount of time to familiarize yourself with the facts. Court documents, decisions, testimony and interviews are all available. One doesn't have to take the opinion or word of anyone else. You can freely read the material without someone telling you what to think and believe. Yet these guys vote, lobby and report on something they haven't bothered to take the time to learn about, or choose to pick out only the parts of the case that suit them.

The judge recently said to the Shindler's lawyer that he wasn't convinced that he could sucessfully argue this case.

How can he see the inconsistencies as unconvincing? If it is a matter of Terri's wishes, which seems to be the pivotal issue. Hearsay is not a concrete understanding of Terri Schiavo's wishes or beliefs which is supposed to be necessary under the law. Without a concrete understanding of Terri's wishes you can not simply terminate her life because you think you personally would make that decision. That is not how the law reads.

Michael Schiavo's behavior has been inconsistant with someone who has his wifes best interests in mind.

There have been several medical professionals that have entirely disagreed with Terri's diagnosis and one brought up questions as to how she came to be in this current state.

What if there has been abuse? What if Terri is not PVS? A condition terribly difficult to diagnose, and impossible without personal examination and several high tech tests, and even then there is no way to be 100% certain of the diagnosis. It still becomes an educated guess at best and that admition is from specialists in the field.

What if all of this guessing is wrong! That really is what all of this has been. The court is guessing about Terri's wishes based on hearsay, doctors are guessing about Terri's diagnosis and have not performed some of the tests that would help to further a more solid diagnosis. This woman's life is being decided based on guesses! Somehow I don't think that is appropriate.

Posted by: imdll at March 21, 2005 6:13 PM