Mar 17, 2005 / 22:00 pm
Around 1:45pm EST on Friday, the family of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo announced that the 41-year old woman’s feeding tube was removed.
Schiavo has been at the center of a nearly decade-long battle between her family and husband Michael Schiavo, who has been trying to have the feeding tube, which has provided his wife with food and hydration for 15 years, removed.
In February, Florida Judge George Greer ruled in favor of Michael and ordered the tube removed today at 1:00pm EST.
Since Wednesday night, a legal roller coaster ride has ensued, involving congressional subpoenas issued to Terri, her husband and medical personnel at the hospice where Terri currently resides. Despite this, and the ruling of another Florida judge earlier Friday, Judge Greer demanded that the tube be removed as scheduled.
Lori Kehoe, congressional liaison for the National Right to Life told CNA Friday afternoon that the group is imploring people to “drop everything and call their senators and representatives and ask them to pass one bill.”