Anti-abortion activists continued the fight to have Nancy Cruzan's feeding tube reconnected a week after nourishment was halted to the woman, who is in a vegetative state.
A hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to consider a lawsuit to order the state to reconnect the tube. The Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Center for Christian Activism in Boca Raton, Fla., alleged in the suit that Cruzan's civil rights were violated when the tube was disconnected.The 33-year-old Cruzan, the central figure in the first right-to-die case considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, has been in a persistent vegetative state since suffering massive brain damage in a 1983 traffic accident.
After a probate judge ruled on Dec. 14 that her feeding tube could be disconnected, doctors said she would die within two weeks. She was listed in deteriorating condition at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center.
On Thursday, the Missouri Supreme Court and the Missouri Court of Appeals-Southern District in Springfield denied requests to reconnect the tube.
Cruzan's parents, Joe and Joyce Cruzan, had asked the courts for permission to disconnect their daughter's feeding tube.