Federal Court Sets Hearing for Schiavo

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The fight over Terri Schiavo's future moves into a federal court this afternoon.

According to a court Web site, U.S. District Judge James Whittemore set a hearing for 3pm, Eastern time.

Congress rushed a bill to President Bush early this morning. He signed it into law, giving the brain-damaged woman's parents the right to ask a federal judge to order doctors to reinsert her feeding tube.

In their filing, Schiavo's parents claim a series of violations of Schiavo's rights. The suit says her religious beliefs are being infringed, the removal of her feeding tube violated her rights and that she hasn't been provided a lawyer.

A state judge ordered the tube removed Friday.

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