D-Day For Terri Schiavo, Again

5:00PM Eastern time is when the stay preventing the court sanctioned the death of Terri Schiavo expires.

(CNN.com) — A Florida judge is expected to decide Wednesday whether Terri Schiavo’s husband can remove the feeding tube that keeps the severely brain-damaged woman alive.

A hearing in front of Pinellas County Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer was under way, on a request by her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, to block the tube’s removal until they can pursue additional legal challenges.

Greer agreed Tuesday to issue a stay until the hearing after a state appeals court cleared the way for the tube to be removed.

Schiavo, 41, has been at the center of a court battle between her husband, Michael, and her parents since suffering heart failure in 1990 that left her severely brain damaged.

She breathes on her own but needs a feeding tube for nutrition and hydration to stay alive. She isn’t terminally ill or comatose.Terri Schiavo’s fate rests in the hands of Judge Greer who has previously ruled that Terri is in a persistent vegetative state. His previous rulings have been in Michael Schiavo’s favor. Should Judge Greer not grant a further stay, Michael Schiavo’s lawyer has indicated that he will begin the process of starving Terri to death immediately, meaning this evening.

Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who shepherded the passage of a special bill in 2003 to save Terri, is still looking for ways to legally intercede. You can send him an e-mail by clicking this link: jeb.bush@myflorida.com, or you can call his office at the Florida State Capitol at 850-488-4441.

Update: As Jeff notes below, the stay has been extended until Friday.

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