BREAKING NEWS ~ US House approves Schiavo bill

BREAKING NEWS ~ US House approves Schiavo bill

[JURIST] After over three hours of debate ending after midnight Monday morning, the US House of Representatives passed a bill [JURIST text of S. 686] that will allow a federal judge to conduct a de novo review of the Terri Schiavo case to determine whether the withholding of food, water or medical treatment necessary to sustain her life violates the US Constitution or any federal laws. The bill was passed by the Senate Sunday afternoon [JURIST report] and will now go to President Bush for his signature. Schiavo's feeding tube was removed Friday [JURIST report] by her husband. As soon as President Bush signs the bill, Schiavo's parents are expected to file a petition with the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida and ask the court to order that the tube be replaced. JURIST maintains a comprehensive news archive on the Schiavo right-to-die case.

12:55 AM ET – The measure passed in the House by a 203-58 vote [roll call results]. AP now has more.