President Bush and Congress stayed up late last night, trying to counteract more than a decade of right-to-die litigation in the courts of Florida. Three days after Terri Schiavo-s feeding tube was removed, her case is now being heard by a Federal Judge James Whittemore. Schiavo has been in what doctors call a -persistent vegetative state- for 15 years, and Florida courts at all levels have agreed it was her wish not to be kept alive by a feeding tube. What are the laws in California? Would a -living will- be enough to establish the right to die? We learn more about the Schiavo case, state laws governing the right to die from experts in Constitutional and probate law, medical ethicists and advocates for the disabled.
- Reporter's Notebook: Thom Mayne Wins Pritzker Prize
Today-s New York Times says that architect Tom Mayne once was known as "the bad boy and angry young man of Los Angeles." Now, he's won the Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious honor in the world for his profession, joining IM Pei, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaus. Mayne joins us to discusses his architectural philosophy, several recent projects and the honor just bestowed on him.
Schiavo v Schiavo, Notice of Hearing (before Judge Whittmore)
For the Relief of the Parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo (S 686)
Web links to other case law involving Terri Schiavo
Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
New York Times article on Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thomas Mayne