In an extraordinary move, Congress has approved a measure designed to prolong the life of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman whose feeding tube was removed on Friday.
The bill won approval in the house by a 203-58 margin just after midnight. President Bush signed it about an hour later.
Representative James Sensenbrenner said as millions of Americans observe the beginning of holy week "We are reminded that every life has purpose and none is without meaning."
But Florida democrat Jim Davis said the congressional action is "A clear threat to our democracy."