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BREAKING NEWS ~ Federal appeals court upholds Schiavo tube re-insertion refusal

[JURIST] In a 2-1 decision issued early Wednesday morning, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] refused to order that Terri Schiavo's [JURIST news archive] feeding tube be re-inserted. The appeals court agreed with the earlier district court decision [PDF text; JURIST report] that Schiavo's parents "failed to demonstrate a substantial case on the merits of any of their claims." In dissent, Judge Charles Wilson wrote that without an order to re-insert the feeding tube, Schiavo's "imminent" death would end the case before it could be fully considered and that he "fail[s] to see any harm in reinserting the feeding tube." Read the full 11th Circuit opinion [PDF text]. Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. AP has more.

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