Schiavo's Mom: 'Don't Let My Daughter Die'
There is no guarantee that the country's highest court will hear their case.
In a 2-1 ruling early Wednesday, a panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta said the parents "failed to demonstrate a substantial case on the merits of any of their claims" that Terri's feeding tube should be reinserted immediately, reports the Associated Press.
Wednesday's early morning decision marked the parents' second consecutive federal appeal and follows controversial emergency legislation taken earlier this week by Congress and President Bush to reinsert Terri's life-support.
"There is no denying the absolute tragedy that has befallen Mrs. Schiavo," the ruling said. "We all have our own family, our own loved ones, and our own children. However, we are called upon to make a collective, objective decision concerning a question of law."
In his dissent, Judge Charles R. Wilson said Schiavo's "imminent" death would end the case before it could be fully considered. "In fact, I fail to see any harm in reinserting the feeding tube," he wrote.
The parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, have been locked for years in a battle with Schiavo's husband Michael over whether their now-41-year-old daughter's feeding tube should be disconnected. State courts have sided with Michael Schiavo, who insists his wife told him she would never want to be kept alive artificially.
The Schindlers said Tuesday she's "fading quickly" and called for Florida lawmakers to help them, the New York Post reports.
Said Mary Schindler: "Please, senators, for the love of God, I'm begging you, don't let my daughter die of thirst."