[JURIST] President Bush early Monday morning signed legislation [text] passed by the US Senate [JURIST report] and then the House [JURIST report] that would allow the federal courts to review the case of brain-damaged Florida woman Terri Schiavo [JURIST news archive], whose feeding tube was removed under a court order Friday. The President said in a statement [White House press release]:
In cases like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws, and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life. This presumption is especially critical for those like Terri Schiavo who live at the mercy of others. I appreciate the bipartisan action by the Members of Congress to pass this bill. I will continue to stand on the side of those defending life for all Americans, including those with disabilities.
Terri Schiavo's parents have already filed papers with a federal district judge in Florida to have her feeding tube reinserted pending the federal hearing of her case. AP has more