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Michael Bilirakis

Schiavo's gone, but the debate isn't over yet

WASHINGTON - You're entitled to your own opinion, an old debater's saying goes, but not your own facts. Whoever made up that line never imagined the Terri Schiavo case.

The death of the 41-year-old woman ended the debate over her feeding tube and pushed her story off the front page. But the arguing over when and whether her feeding tube should have been removed goes on, complete with new evidence to bolster each side's positions.

Stung by major polls that showed most Americans supported removing her feeding tube, the Christian Defense Coalition, which supported keeping Mrs. Schiavo hooked up to a feeding tube, commissioned a new Zogby poll that appears to support keeping her...