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RIGHT-TO-DIE CASE NEARS OK TO PULL FEEDING TUBE

A judge Friday refused to order a new trial to determine whether a severely brain-damaged Terri Schiavo would want to be kept alive artificially.

The ruling in the long-running right-to-die case moves Schiavo's husband one step closer to having her feeding tube removed.

But Circuit Judge George Greer blocked removal of the tube until at least Dec. 6 so that Schiavo's parents can decide whether to appeal.

Bob and Mary Schindler had asked Greer for the new trial to determine if their daughter, who was a practicing Catholic when she collapsed and suffered brain damage 14 years ago, would still choose to have her feeding tube removed based on recent statements by Pope John Paul II that people in vegetative states still have the right to nutrition and health care.

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined a request to reconsider its decision striking down a special state law to save her life. Gov. Jeb Bush filed a motion Friday in the Florida Supreme Court seeking a stay while his attorneys file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.

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