Bill seeks to prevent Schiavo-type tube removal case in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)_A bill has been introduced in the Alabama Legislature to prevent nutrition from being withheld from patients like Terry Schiavo. Schiavo is the brain-damaged Florida woman whose feeding tubes were removed after a lengthy court battle between her husband and her parents.

Congress passed a bill Monday to let Schiavo's parents ask a federal judge to prolong her life by reinserting the tubes.

Republican Representative Dick Brewbaker says he is sponsoring the Alabama bill. It would prevent the removal of nutrition from a patient who does not have a living will or a clear legal guardian.

Michael Ciamarra, vice president of the Birmingham-based Alabama Policy Institute, says the bill is needed because Alabama law is vague concerning who makes the decision to remove life support or nutrition.

The bill will be considered by the House Judiciary Committee.

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