Mel Gibson and actress Patricia Heaton are weighing in on a controversial US euthanasia battle, urging the husband of coma victim TERRI SCHIAVO to sign over the care of his wife to her parents instead of fighting to let her die.

The two pro-life campaigners are horrified that Schiavo's parents, BOB and MARY SCHINDLER, seem to have lost a fight to have their daughter's feeding tube re-installed.

Instead, a federal judge has awarded Schiavo's husband Michael the right to remove the tube, and let his wife literally starve to death.

In a statement released yesterday (22MAR05), an angry Gibson has thrown his weight behind Schiavo's parents' ongoing fight.

He fumes, "I fully support the efforts of Mr and Mrs Schindler to save their daughter... from a cruel starvation.

"Terry's husband should sign the care of his wife over to her parents so she can be properly cared for."

And former EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND star Heaton is just as fired up about the euthanasia battle.

She says, "I don't know how the courts allowed this to happen but it's a very, very dark day for people with disabilities. There's a woman, who is disabled, who is being starved to death.

"Terri Schiavo is not braindead; she's alive, she's breathing, she's disabled. People on Death Row get more of a shot at appealing their sentence that Terri Schiavo is getting - and she hasn't committed any crime."

Heaton even went so far as to call Schiavo's mother on Saturday (19MAR05) - the day after her daughter's feeding tube was removed.

She says, "She said they did this to Terri before and she lasted seven days before the tube was put back in... I don't think there's that much time left."

Heaton is planning to fast on Good Friday (25MAR05) to "show some solidarity".

23/03/2005 02:54