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GOV. BUSH LOSES BID TO HALT RIGHT-TO-DIE LAW

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined a request from Gov. Jeb Bush to reconsider its decision striking down a state law designed to save the life of a severely brain-damaged woman at the center of a right-to-die dispute.

The state's high court made no comment when issuing the one-page ruling in Tallahassee in the case of Terri Schiavo, 40, who left no written directive of her own.

Last month, the court ruled unanimously that Bush and state lawmakers overstepped their authority a year ago when they quickly adopted the law ordering that Schiavo's feeding tube be reinserted six days after her husband had it removed so she could die. Bush's attorney had asked the court for a rehearing.

George Felos, attorney for Schiavo's husband, Michael, said Thursday's ruling legally clears the way for the feeding tube to be removed again but said Schiavo would not take any action before a ruling due today on a request by his wife's parents for a new trial to determine their daughter's wishes.

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