October 2004: Euthanasia

Terri Shiavo’s Fight for Life Continues Royal College of Nursing Confirms Opposition to Assisted Dying Bill and Calls for Improved Palliative Care New Pain Drug From Puffer Fish May Nix Reason to Resort to Assisted Suicide:  Neurotoxin Could Revolutionize Treatment of Intractable Pain Child Euthanasia in Europe     FL COURT NIXES LAW KEEPING TERRI SCHIAVO ALIVE – The Florida Supreme Court struck down a law that was rushed through the Legislature last fall to keep a brain-damaged woman on a feeding tube against her husband’s wishes. The unanimous court said the law that kept Terri Schiavo alive violated the separation of powers. The decision cites the “right to privacy” and states that Terri’s Law “is without question an invasion of the authority of the judicial branch for the Legislature to pass a law that allows the executive branch to interfere with the final judicial determination in a case.” [Ed. i.e., the Court is miffed that someone instituted our “system of checks and balances” against them…][23Sept04, http://www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/ops/sc04-925.pdf; http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040923/D859EPB00.html, AP; N Valko RN] NEW HOPE IN TERRI SCHIAVO CASE – GOV. BUSH WILL NOT END TERRI’S FIGHT FOR LIFE– In a dramatic new development, attorneys representing the parents of Terri Schindler-Schiavo have filed a memorandum of law establishing that depriving Terri of food and water would not only be against her wishes, but is also prohibited by the United States and Florida constitutions, as well as Florida statutory and common law.  The 28-page memorandum filed by Attorney Patricia F. Anderson along with new attorneys for the family, Deborah E. Berliner and Brett M. Wood of Washington, DC, cites a substantial change in...