Priest Calls for Civil Disobedience

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

( - On Friday morning, after a federal court once again refused the Schindler's request to reattach their daughter's feeding tube, some of Terri's supporters issued a call for civil disobedience.

Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said no court anywhere has the authority to authorize the starvation of a human being.

"The Terri Schiavo case has demonstrated that we are being governed by unelected judges, and that the legislative and executive branches of government lack the will to stand up to them when they authorize acts of violence.

"The matter, therefore, now rests with the people," he said in a statement.

"When government fails to protect life, the people must do so directly. Today must mark the beginning of a new era of civil disobedience and conscientious objection, with simultaneous, determined efforts to curb the authority of the courts and restore government to the people through their elected representatives."

In a recent column, Pavone said he has visited Terri twice -- most recently at the beginning of February. At that time, he said, he talked to her and listened as she "struggled to speak," and watched her "focus her eyes and smile and attempt to kiss her parents."

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