A U.S. federal judge in Florida says he will not make an immediate ruling in the politically charged case of a severally brain-damaged Florida woman whose feeding tube was removed three days ago.
After a two hour hearing Judge James Whittemore gave no indication when he might decide if doctors should resume feeding Terri Schiavo.
The case has drawn international attention, with Congress approving an unusual bill allowing the court to intervene in the case. President Bush signed the bill into law earlier today (Monday).
Mrs. Schiavo has been in what doctors call a persistent vegetative state since a 1990 heart attack.
She has been the subject of years of legal battles between her parents, who believe she could recover, and her husband, who says she told him she did not want to be kept alive artificially.