The bad news, via Associated Press:
A federal appeals court refused early Wednesday to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, denying an emergency request by the severely brain-damaged woman's parents to keep her alive.
In its 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said the woman's parents "failed to demonstrate a substantial case on the merits of any of their claims."
"There is no denying the absolute tragedy that has befallen Mrs. Schiavo," the ruling read. "We all have our own family, our own loved ones, and our own children. However, we are called upon to make a collective, objective decision concerning a question of law."
Rest of the story here.
Townhall.com has a number of new and recent articles on the Terri Schiavo case:
- "To help live or let die" by Kathleen Parker
- "The law is failing Terri" by Charles Krauthammer
- "What next?" by Linda Chavez, which asks the question: "If a court can order Terri Schiavo to be slowly starved to death on the wishes of an estranged husband, who will be next?"
- "Terri Schiavo and partisan hypocrisy" by Rich Lowry
- "The right to kill Terri Schiavo" by Maggie Gallagher
- "Facts first" by Fred Barnes
- "Cruel and unusual" by Thomas Sowell
- "More prayers for Terri" by David Limbaugh
- "Inside the numbers: Terri Schiavo" by Matt Towery
- "Schiavo case matters in symbol and substance" by Cal Thomas
Michelle Malkin rightly castigates the MSM for its poor to rotten coverage of the situation:
On a fundamental matter of life and death, the MSM heavyweights have proven themselves utterly incapable of reporting fairly. Take a widely publicized ABC News poll released on Monday that supposedly showed strong public opposition to any Washington intervention in Terri's case. Here is how the spinmasters framed the main poll question:
As you may know, a woman in Florida named Terri Schiavo suffered brain damage and has been on life support for 15 years. Doctors say she has no consciousness and her condition is irreversible. Her parents and her husband disagree on whether or not she should be kept on life support. In cases like this who do you think should have final say, (the parents) or (the spouse)?
A follow-up question asked: If you were in this condition, would you want to be kept alive, or not?
The problem is that, contrary to what ABC News told those polled, Terri Schiavo is not on "life support" and has never been on "life support." The loaded phrase evokes images of a comatose patient being artificially sustained by myriad machines and pumps and wires. Terri was on a feeding tube. A feeding tube is not a ventilator. Terri can breathe just fine on her own. ...
Imagine how the poll results might have turned out if ABC News had informed participants that in a sworn affidavit, registered nurse Carla Sauer Iyer, who worked at the Palm Garden of Largo Convalescent Center in Largo, Fla., while Terri Schiavo was a patient there, testified: "Throughout my time at Palm Gardens, Michael Schiavo was focused on Terri's death. Michael would say 'When is she going to die?' 'Has she died yet?' and 'When is that bitch gonna die?'"
And yet the networks continue to parade "experts" and talking heads who repeatedly recite the mantra: "This is horrible for everyone involved. Nobody is to blame. Everyone involved has the best intentions. Everybody involved is sincerely trying to do the right thing." That is a lie. And now Terri hovers near death because of lies, more lies, and even more lies...