ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 24, 2005
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The refusal of the Supreme Court to hear an appeal from the parents of Terri Schiavo noted.
(Pinellas Park, Florida: Jeffrey Kofman) The long legal battle over Terri's right to life & right to die reviewed; scenes shown of her brother & sister thanking supporters outside the Pinellas Park, Florida, hospice; details given of the state court ruling that Governor Jeb Bush has no authority. [Brother Bobby SCHINDLER - comments.] [In court, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge George GREER- says neither the executive nor legislative branch can go behind the judgment rendered by the court.] [Michael Schiavo's attorney George FELOS- says the judiciary has said the case must end.] [Pro-life activist Randall TERRY- promises there will be hell to pay if she dies.] [BUSH - admits his powers are limited.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings; Boston: Tim Johnson) The physical issues facing Terri Schiavo, who may die soon of dehydration, not starvation, discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) The Schiavo debate updated; map shown of the states with legislation proposed to modify or clarify patients' rights.
(Chicago: Dean Reynolds) The emotional debate over the Schiavo case featured; scenes shown of protestors outside her Florida hospice; details given of the alliance of the conservative Protestants, Catholics & the disabled. [Three PROTESTORS - state positions.] [Disability rights advocate Joni EARECKSON- says the disabled are impacted.] [On the street, WOMAN - wishes Terri could die with dignity.] [Two PEOPLE - want the government out of the matter.] [beliefnet.com Stephen WALDMAN- raises the issues.]