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Law / Schiavo Case / Medical Condition #784071

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 21, 2005
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The emotional & political drama around Terri Schiavo introduced; details given about the new law passed by Congress & signed last night by President Bush. [BUSH - talks about "extraordinary circumstances."]

(Florida: Jeffrey Kofman) The wait for the decision from federal court Judge James Whittemore† after today's legal hearings featured; courtroom sketches shown; details given from the presentations by Terri's parents' attorney David Gibbs & about the legal issue of "due process" for Schiavo. [Georgetown University law professor Mary CHEH†- speculates the judge is skeptical.] [Florida Governor Jeb BUSH - says he does not have hidden powers....]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The Schiavo history reviewed; details given of her collapse in 1990 from a heart attack & of the eventual split between Michael Schiavo & her parents over her care.

(New York: John McKenzie) The long debate over Terri's medical condition reviewed; details given from an academic's report. [University of South Florida professor Jay WOLFSON†- cites the collective family efforts to bring Terri back; recounts his examination of her medical records, the diagnosis after she emerged from a coma, the physical therapy, the state of her cerebral cortex; notes Terri did not respond {when he visited her}.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jake Tapper) The parents' videotapes of Terri examined; video shown; details given from the statement from Florida circuit Judge George Greer about the video & his conclusion that she remains in a "persistent vegetative state." [Last night, Representative Dave WELDON†, Tom DeLAY; on talk radio, CALLER - outline what the tapes indicate.] [Representative Ginny BROWN-WAITE†- assesses the videotapes.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas; Boston: Tim Johnson) What a true vegetative state means, the conventional wisdom that there is virtually no chance for recovery & the absence of suffering now that the feeding tube is removed discussed.

Reporter(s):
Vargas, Elizabeth;
Kofman, Jeffrey;
McKenzie, John;
Tapper, Jake;
Johnson, Tim
Duration:
00:10:30

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