The parents of a severely brain-damaged Florida woman have filed an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that her feeding tube be reattached.
Terri Schiavo's parents made their request Wednesday night after a federal appeals court refused to hear the case and the Florida legislature decided not to intervene.
The Supreme Court has declined other opportunities to get involved in the case.
On Wednesday, 10 protesters, including three children, were arrested when they tried to take water to Mrs. Schiavo.
Florida Governor Jeb Bush is seeking a state court's permission to grant the state protective custody of Mrs. Schiavo. He cites new challenges to her diagnosis as being in a vegetative state.
Mrs. Schiavo's feeding tube was disconnected Friday. Her husband, Michael, says she would not want to be kept alive artificially.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.