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CITING APPEAL, COURT BARS FEEDING-TUBE REMOVAL

A feeding tube for a brain-damaged woman can't be removed until appeals are exhausted in her parents' fight to have a new trial in the right-to-die case, a judge ruled Friday.

George Felos, a attorney for Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael, who seeks the tube's removal, said the order could mean months and possibly years of delay in the 14-year-old case, adding that he would seek to have it overturned.

Terri Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, requested a new trial. They say if their daughter, a Catholic, did not want to be kept alive artificially, as her husband says, she no longer would have that wish due to recent statements from Pope John Paul II that a person in a persistent vegetative state still has the right to nutrition and hydration.

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