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Fate of "right to die" patient in hands of judge

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Fate of "right to die" patient in hands of judge


A judge in Florida has to decide whether to force doctors to keep brain-dead Terri Schiavo alive. Medics withdrew her feeding tubes after her husband said his wife would never have wanted to live in this condition. But yesterday US President George W. Bush, with strong support from Christian conservatives, signed a law giving the final say to a judge, rather than doctors.

“This is a complex case with serious issues but in extraordinary circumstances like this it is wise to always err on the side of life,” he said. Both houses of Congress rushed through a law over the weekend to force the courts to intervene.

While the debate over this “right to die” case has divided the United States, opinion polls show most Americans think politicians should not get involved. Without her feeding tube, Terri Schiavo is likely to die from starvation within a fortnight.

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