In the spring of 2005, the United States Congress passed An Act for the Relief for the Parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo ("the Act") in response to numerous requests by Michael Schiavo, Theresa's husband, to have Theresa's feeding tube removed. Michael Schiavo argued that, prior to her accident, Theresa ("Terri") made oral statements expressing her wish not to be kept alive in a persistent vegetative state. The Act provided a mechanism for the parents of Terri Schiavo to institute legal proceedings to prevent the removal of Terri's feeding tube.

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