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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2005 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
A bill to allow terminally ill Californians to end their lives with lethal prescriptions cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, amid controversy over privacy issues and potential abuse. The 5-4 vote in the Assembly Judiciary Committee puts California a step closer to becoming the second state in the nation, after Oregon, to allow doctor-assisted suicide Much testimony in the hearing centered on Oregon's seven years of experience with helping the terminally ill kill themselves.
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NATIONAL
April 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
The medical examiner completed the autopsy of Terri Schiavo on Friday, clearing the way for the release of the body to her husband, who plans to cremate her remains and bury the ashes without telling his in-laws when or where. Results of the autopsy might not be released for several weeks, the medical examiner's office said. Michael Schiavo hopes the autopsy will settle questions about her medical condition, but experts differ on whether that will happen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2005 | Paul Pringle, Times Staff Writer
The husband and father failed to rally after last-ditch cancer surgery. His despairing family gathered at City of Hope National Medical Center to contemplate the ventilator that kept him alive. He left no living will, no written directives on whether to artificially extend his life. But he and his wife had followed media reports on the Terri Schiavo case.
NATIONAL
April 1, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
Conservative lawmakers' denunciations of the courts on Thursday signaled that Terri Schiavo's death was likely to escalate the war between the parties over President Bush's judicial nominations. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) -- two leading advocates of congressional intervention in the case -- criticized the state and federal courts involved following the death of the Florida woman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2005 | Jia-Rui Chong, Andrew Wang and Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writers
Like many Christians, the Rev. Mark Brewer and his wife, Carolyn, disagree over what should happen to Terri Schiavo. Carolyn Brewer believes the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube should be reinserted. Although her husband agrees with her underlying principles, he wonders whether it is right to prolong Schiavo's existence in such an impaired state of consciousness. "We should always protect life, because God gives life," Brewer, the head pastor at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, said Sunday.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2005 | John Daniszewski, Times Staff Writer
LONDON -- While U.S. politicians and courts debated the implications of removing Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, the rest of the world looked on this week with a mixture of revulsion and approval. Many commentators disagreed with the intervention of President Bush and Congress in the case of the brain-damaged 41-year-old, saying such vital, complex decisions are best left to courts, physicians and the family. They accused Bush and his religious-right allies of hypocrisy and political posturing.
NATIONAL
March 24, 2005 | Carol J. Williams and John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writers
Terri Schiavo's parents went to the U.S. Supreme Court late Wednesday in a desperate attempt to keep their daughter alive, after a day in which a federal court in Atlanta turned away their appeals and Florida lawmakers decided not to intervene. One other legal avenue was made available, when Gov. Jeb. Bush petitioned to have Schiavo placed in state custody. Bob and Mary Schindler said that their severely brain-damaged daughter, whose feeding tube was removed by court order Friday, was fading.
NATIONAL
March 23, 2005 | John-Thor Dahlburg and Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writers
By a 2-1 vote, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals early today denied an emergency request to reinsert Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. "No matter how much we wish Mrs. Schiavo had never suffered such a horrible accident, we are a nation of laws and if we are to continue to be so, the preexisting and well-established federal law ... must be applied to her case," the majority ruling said. In a strong dissent, Judge Charles R.
NATIONAL
March 23, 2005 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
After intervening in the Terri Schiavo controversy, members of Congress are exploring whether to pass more sweeping legislation that would apply to other cases of incapacitated patients who did not leave behind instructions for their medical care. In the bill approved this week and signed by President Bush that allowed Schiavo's parents to ask a federal judge to order her feeding tube reconnected, lawmakers expressed their intent to take a broader look at the issue.
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