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How did Congressman Dennis Moore vote on a bill to allow Terri Schiavo's parents to take their case to federal court?

U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, a Democrat whose district includes east Lawrence, said he was unable to get a flight to Washington in time to vote on the emergency legislation approved by Congress in the Terri Schiavo case. But he said he would have voted against the bill.

The legislation allowed Schiavo's parents to petition in federal court to try to have her feeding tube re-inserted. The tube had been removed from Schiavo, a severely brain-damaged 41-year-old woman, on the wishes of her husband.

Moore said the Schiavo case was a tragic situation but that "19 judges sitting on six different courts in Florida have ultimately determined that Terri Schiavo did not wish to be kept alive in a persistent vegetative state."

Moore said the case pointed out the importance of having a living will that clearly states a person's wishes on end-of-life decisions.


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