The Florida Supreme Court struck down a state law ordering the continuation of feeding tubes for a 40-year-old Florida woman who has been in a coma for 14 years. The state Legislature hastily passed the law last October, allowing Gov. Jeb Bush to supersede three court rulings supporting Michael Schiavo's wish to discontinue feeding of his wife, Terri. The high court said the law violated the separation of powers doctrine of the state constitution. "It 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 of a case," the court said in its unanimous opinion.
Attorneys for Bush said he may appeal the decision. Terri Schiavo's parents, represented by the American Center for Law and Justice, want feeding continued. The firm said it is "examining all remedies available to ensure that Terri's life is not ended." An attorney for Michael Schiavo said no attempt to remove the tube would be made until the ruling becomes final. -- by Mark Taylor with the Associated Press