Skip to comments.Terri Schiavo's plight sparks grassroots petitions
Posted on 02/24/2005 2:24:37 PM PST by Nan48
Terri Schiavo's plight sparks grassroots petitions
Interest high in saving severely disabled woman
February 24, 2005
As Terri Schindler Schiavo is pushed closer to death by starvation at the hands of her husband Michael Schiavo and Circuit Judge George Greer, thousands of incensed Americans are registering their support for Terri at several online petitions.
Petitions currently available online include:
1. "SPARE TERRI SCHIAVO'S LIFE" (Conservative Petitions)
Specifically, the petition asks Gov. Bush to call the legislature into special session and push for passage of HB701, the Florida Starvation and Dehydration of Persons with Disabilities Prevention Act. The bill would require that "courts rule in favor of lifesaving medical treatment unless a patient has stipulated in advance, in writing (such as a 'living will'), before witnesses, that he or she does not wish such treatment."
2. "SAVE TERRI SCHIAVO" (The Center For Reclaiming America)
Continuing, the petition states: "We cannot afford to set a legal precedent which puts the lives of other Americans at risk. I support legislative, judicial, and executive efforts that will stop the forced starvation of Terri Schiavo." (See the full text.)
3. "SAVING TERRI SCHIAVO PETITION" (Petition Online)
4. "GOVERNOR BUSH, PLACE TERRI INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY" (Petition Online)
The petition additionally asks Gov. Bush to use "whatever emergency powers may be at the disposal of your Office, countermanding, if necessary, any and all existing legal rulings, for the reason that any further delay and neglect may cause irreparable harm to, or the death of, Terri Schiavo."
Included in the petition are extensive facts detailing "neglect in [Terri's] care, unexplained physical deterioration, life-threatening situations, and possible attacks on her person." (See the full text.)
5. "REQUEST FOR PRESIDENTIAL PARDON FOR TERRI SCHIAVO" (iPetitions.com)
This petition to the president describes the heartless and malicious behavior of Michael Schiavo toward Terri over the past fifteen years and asks the president to intervene to protect Terri's inalienable rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. (See the full text.)
Already, nationwide support for Terri reveals a very broad and deep coalition of informed citizens who cherish Terri's humanity and honor her right to life. All who wish to show their support for Terri are encouraged to sign whichever petitions best express their views and desires about the unconscionable display of court-sanctioned cruelty that continues to unfold in Florida.
Petition to save Terri Schiavo generates massive response (Christian News Wire)
Contact Florida's elected leadership!!!
Save Terri Schiavo from starvation! Tell Florida Lawmakers to STOP Lawyers from pulling feeding tube!
For more articles, go to http://www.renewamerica.us/
See Bay Area New (bayareanews.com)
bump for later reading
A help Terri bump
Surely we can push this petition over the top, only a few over 900 right now.
That is petitionsonline.com
Petition to Impeach Judge George W. Greer
Terri ping! If anyone would like to be added to or removed from my Terri ping list, please let me know by FReepmail!
Bump for Terri
=================================================================================== ... You've heard about this already, thru the ministry of EWTN, you've heard about presumably in one way or another on the news, there is a woman in Florida by the name of Terri Schiavo, who since 1990 has been suffering from a brain injury, but who otherwise, brothers and sisters, IS LIVING and HEALTHY. She is NOT dying. She does not have any kind of a terminal illness. She is not connected to any kind of life support. The problem that has arisin, for years now, is that her husband wants her to be starved. She is fed by a simple normal feeding tube at mealtime. Aside from that, there are no tubes or machines connected to her body. She is living on her own. But she has been kept in a hospice. Her parents, and her siblings WANT to take care of her for the rest of her life. She is not able to communicate easily, but she IS aware, and she IS alert. I've been to see her two times, I'll tell you more about that in a moment. But her parents, and her-- She has a loving family, committed and ready to take care of her for the rest of her life. And meanwhile, this estranged husband, I'm going to have some words addressed directly to him before I'm finished with this homily, is off with another woman, with whom he has two children, and WANTS Terri dead. Brothers and sisters, one would think that this is enough information, to resolve this situation, and to say, well then, let him go his way, and let her be in the care of her family. But because of legal technicalities... but because in the eyes of the law... the husband is her quote 'legal guardian', the law has not been able to intervene here to say, well, legal guardian or not, you don't have the right to starve another individual. You don't have the right to kill an innocent person. Our legal system is broken. The court system is broken, and it is time to fix it. And when the laws, and the courts, and the system in place in this country, or in any other country, that has as its primary purpose the protection of life, the protection of its citizens, NO LONGER achieves that goal, then it is the duty of you, the people, to rise up and change this situation. And that's why I say to you today, as I said back in the beginning of November, you have a task to do and I know that you will do it. It has to be done. What else can be done? Brothers and sisters, this situation is reaching a climax. It changes hour to hour. There are so legal maneuverings, there are so many questions still on the table, there are so many angles to this, that by the time you see this broadcast later in the day, the situation may have changed from what it is now. The point is, first of all, those of you who live in Florida, I want to make a special appeal to you, and those of you who KNOW people in Florida... It is the people of Florida, at this point in time, who have the biggest opportunity to help Terri and her family, by contacting the governor and the STATE legislators of Florida, and ask them to intervene. Because Terri's feeding tube was removed once already, and thanks be to God, the legislature of the state of Florida, and the Governor DID intervene, and were able to protect her from starvation. That needs to happen again. The legislature and the governor need to intervene yet again, to find any and every way that they can... any and every way that the law provides for them... And you the people, need to let them know that you want to see that happen. If you don't live in Florida, and you don't know anybody in Florida, then by all means, let your own representatives on the federal level, at least KNOW your concern. So that perhaps in some way, some things can be discovered, tha can be done on a federal level. But let your lawmakers know that you are deeply troubled and concerned about this problem. And then there's another angle, there's another dimension to this. I told you that I SAW Terri. I was in to see her twice. I saw her once in September and I saw her once just a couple weeks ago. And she communicated. She's alert. We prayed. She follows everything thats happening in the room with her eyes, turning her head, smiling. When I was in there with her parents, her dad leaned over to kiss her, and she made the motion to kiss him back... She's not able as I said, to articulate her words, but she attempts to speak. And if she HAD the benefit of some physical therapy and some speech therapy, she would be in a lot BETTER condition, but guess what? She has been DENIED that treatment, she has been denied that simple physical and speech therapy, by the same person who wants her to be starved. I told her, when I visited with her, and laid hands on her and prayed with her, that she has a lot of friends around the country. That she has a lot of people who know about her, and love her, thats you. And she KNOWS that. Brothers and sisters, there is another dimension, besides entreating and emploring our lawmakers to do something about this problem. And that is what the holy father speaks about in evangelium vitae(sp?), the gospel of life. Which by the way this year is the 10th anniversary of this marvelous document, the gospel of life. It was issued on march 25th of 1995. And he mentions among other things, the duty of conscientious objection. When laws, or court decrees, such as a decree to starve someone to death by not feeding them. When such decrees and decisions are issued, the Pope points out, as saint Thomas Aquinas pointed out, as scripture points out, as has been the teachings of even before Christ, that we can read about it in the OLD testiment, we see the SAME theme, right along, that nobody has to obey an UNJUST law because an unjust law is not a law at all. So a court decree that says don't feed this woman, has NO AUTHORITY!. Now a lawyer will tell you, well, you know, it has authority, because, well, thats the way that the system is setup, and this judge has this particular authority to pass this decree, and this particular guardian has this authority to decide this and decide that... NONSENSE! I dont CARE what the SYSTEM says. There is a law HIGHER than ANY court. There is a law HIGHER than ANY decree. And a decree to let a person be STARVED - HAS - NO - authority. Now we're at a crossroads here. Because either the people of God are going to say... well, we can ONLY pray about this, we can't do anything about it, because THAT is the law... OR, we're going to take matters into our own hands, in an appropriate way, and exercise what the Pope calls, conscientious objection. Because this can't happen by itself. You see, when a judge issues somebody a decree like this, somebody has to photocopy it, somebody has to transmit it, somebody has to carry it from point A to point B. And the people who are entrusted with that task MUST REFUSE to do it. There are people who have to actually have to transfer it. Terri or anybody else who might be subject to this kind of a decree,  and reconnected, you've got to refuse. [....] to the place where they are going to be starved.  disconnect her feeding tube, take her to another room...  Don't bring her. Don't DO IT! You've got to refuse. How much longer are we going to go on, making belive, that's what's right, and what's wrong is just a matter of the abstract, or somewhere in the recesses of our minds or hearts and it doesn't get translated into concrete reality? NO brothers and sisters. Let me read from the holy father's words, he says "When a law is contrary to reason, it is called an unjust law" here he is quoting Thomas Aquinas, "but in this case it ceases to be a law. It becomes instead, an act of violence." A court decree, with all the respectability that that SHOULD have... is IN FACT, an act of violence... if in fact it is authorizing the killing of an innocent person. And then he goes on to say... these laws and decrees quote "are completely lacking in authentic juridic validity. Consequently, a civil law of that kind, ceases to be a truly morally binding civil law."=============================================================== ...sorry, but I HAVE TO RUN, I will repost as a separate thread when I have cleaned this up and finished it.... anyone with a ping list, spread the word, and wathc for updates here or separate thread. ...FLE
conservatives put out petitions to help the weak and helpless and liberals put out petitions to help the violent and convicted....amazing.
IMO we need much more than 1000 signatures if the legislature is going to give it the time of day. Please email to your friends and ask that they forward it on. There is also a letter to Speaker Bense on my FR page that can copied and pasted, printed and mailed.
The following is my reply to a petition from The American Family Association. I 'filled in the blanks' so to speak, and wanted to post my reply here, to show my support for the Schindler family. I will be participating with the other petitions as well.
"Dear Judge Greer,
I must admit I had mixed emotions regarding this case in the beginning. Judging by the media reporting, and the 'concern' her husband was showing for her, I initially took the point of view that her husband truly had Terri's best interest at heart. Now, however, after further scrutiny of the entire timeline, I believe her husband is simply seeking to pad his pockets and get out of his responsibilities to his wife.
It was one thing to take on a malpractice suit, which luckily enough came out in Terri's favor. But it is quite another to have a sudden 'revelation' that she would not want to lie like this, and it is time to end her suffering - after her husband discovers there is no way out and no further money coming his way.
In reading as many articles as I could, and looking further into this case, I have come to the conclusion that considering her husband has gone on to a relationship with another woman,and has had two children with her, ending Terri's life is the only way to get her share of the malpractice settlement.
Why else would he not simply turn over guardianship to her parents, if all he wants is to be released of his responsibility? But, he is standing on 'her wishes', claiming this is not what Terri wants. She cannot speak for herself, there are no documents such as a DNR order or any other paperwork such as a Living will to support this. How did he come to this conclusion?
The events surrounding her sudden illness seem strange as well (I have read the hospital discharge summary), and I question why someone has not delved deeper into how she came to be in this shape in the first place. She was healthy, then suddenly on the floor gasping for air? Yes, it happens, but after reading the reports, highly unlikely. Especially considering all testing has come back with no evidenciary support to conclude any disease as the cause.
Due to these facts, I truly believe her husband has capitalized on her illness enough, and it is time to take him out of the equation.
Please allow Terri's mother and father to take her home and care for her. Please don't sentence her to a slow, agonizing death by starvation.
As a mother of two 'almost' adult sons, I can imagine myself in the shoes of the Schindlers. Allow them to care for their daughter. Mr. Shiavo clearly no longer wants the job, so relieve him of his duties.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter. I am hoping you will use all of your knowledge gained during your career, and your own life experiences, to do the right thing. How would you want YOUR child treated?
Bookmarked. Thank you.