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Florida's Fateful Choice

photoFor 13 years, it was a largey private family tragedy. In 1990, Terri Schiavo, a 26-year old woman, with her whole life ahead of her, suffered a heart attack. She was left brain damaged and has been in a vegetative state ever since.

Now, it seems everyone knows her story. A bitter legal battle between her husband Michael and her parents over removing Terri's feeding tube has sparked national debate, and unprecedented intervention by both the Florida legislature and Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Click the "Listen" link to hear about the right to die and who gets to decide it.

Guests:

Deborah Sharp, reporter for USA Today newspaper

William Allen, director of the Bioethics, Law and Medical Professionalism program at the University of Florida;
Florida Democratic State Sen. Steve Geller

Florida Republican Representative Sandra L. Murman, co-sponsored new law

Rita Marker, executive director of the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, author of "Deadly Compassion"

Art Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania

This program aired on October 22, 2003. The audio for this program is not available.

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