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Family of Terri Schiavo to Get Natl Pro-Life Award, Start Medical Center
Life News ^ | 6/26/07 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 06/26/2007 4:15:27 PM PDT by wagglebee

Springfield, FL (LifeNews.com) -- The family of Terri Schiavo could have called it a day after Terri was starved and dehydrated to death by her former husband over a two week period. They endured constant international news coverage and waged a discouraging battle in the courts that left their daughter and sister with no hope.

Instead, Terri's parents Bob and Mary, brother Bobby and sister Suzanne pressed on.

Not wanting the same fate to befall other disabled patients, they reworked the foundation they created to help Terri and organized it to assist other incapacitated or minimally conscious patients.

Since they they've come to the aid of dozens of families and patients across the country to help them fight legal battles and get medical care.

Recognizing those efforts, the National Right to Life Committee plans to award the Schindler family with its highest honor at its Proudly Pro-Life Dinner in October in the nation's capital.

The award has been given to other pro-life luminaries from Mother Teresa and Father Frank Pavone to Ben Stein, Patty Heaten and Wellington Mara.

Bobby Schindler spoke to LifeNews.com about the award and how the Schindler family wants to do more to help the disabled.

"Our family never thought that our efforts to get Terri help was anything exceptional," he said, adding that he and his family are "humbled to be receiving such a prestigious award from the National Right to Life Committee."

"To be included in the company of such extraordinary people that have dedicated their lives defending the sacredness of all life is truly an honor," Schindler added.

An awards night is a special gala and celebration that is much deserved, but the Schindler family is worried about what lies ahead in its work at the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation.

The foundation has seen the greatest need in Texas, where families of patients, under a futile care law there, have just 10 days to find another medical facility to care for their loved ones if the hospital decides to stop providing lifesaving treatment.

Schindler says the foundation has seen a desperate need for pro-life doctors and attorneys to help patients and their families, and he's hoping the grassroots pro-life community will help him identify more professionals willing to help.

The foundation wants to "build a national network of attorneys and doctors dedicated to protecting the rights of vulnerable, disabled and elderly persons."

"If you are an attorney or medical professional and would like to join this network, please contact us," Schindler told LifeNews.com. "If you know of such medical or legal professionals, please ... urge them to contact us if they are willing to help."

Interested parties can contact the foundation at their web site below and sending an email with more information.

The fight in Texas against the futile care law had the Schindler family, NRLC officials and pro-life advocates searching the country for medical facilities to care for patients in need. Despite the network of Catholic and other religious hospitals, they often found no medical center willing to take these desperate patients.

Ultimately, Schindler told LifeNews.com the foundation wants to open a medical center to provide care for those patients like Terri who can't find it anywhere else.

The center will lead to a network that will help the elderly and disabled in the same way crisis pregnancy centers assist pregnant women in need.

"Terri’s Foundation anticipates establishing a nationwide network of Terri Schindler Schiavo Neurological centers to provide care for brain injury victims and support for their families," he said.

Schindler's hope is that the network of centers will help ensure that no more Terri's face a future without the proper medical treatment they deserve.


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Schindler's hope is that the network of centers will help ensure that no more Terri's face a future without the proper medical treatment they deserve.

The culture of death FRiberals will soon "remind" us that Terri "wanted" to be starved and dehydrated to death so that her estranged husband could marry the mother of his children.

1 posted on 06/26/2007 4:15:31 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 06/26/2007 4:15:57 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 06/26/2007 4:16:44 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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4 posted on 06/26/2007 4:17:10 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
The foundation wants to "build a national network of attorneys and doctors dedicated to protecting the rights of vulnerable, disabled and elderly persons."

Ultimately, Schindler told LifeNews.com the foundation wants to open a medical center to provide care for those patients like Terri who can't find it anywhere else.

They are doing such wonderful work. God's work.


5 posted on 06/26/2007 4:27:11 PM PDT by BykrBayb (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub ~ )
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To: wagglebee
The culture of death FRiberals will soon "remind" us that Terri "wanted" to be starved and dehydrated to death so that her estranged husband could marry the mother of his children.

It is time to drop the attitude towards those of us who thought it was obvious that life had ended long before the body had. I'm not going to debate the whole issue, we all know both sides by heart.

I am just saying one can be pro-life, against abortion, simply not a Terry-bot, and still be a valuable ally against real evil.

How about dropping the animosity?

6 posted on 06/26/2007 4:38:00 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: Mark was here

If you don’t want to debate the issue, that’s fine. But my opinion will NEVER change.


7 posted on 06/26/2007 4:39:39 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
"The culture of death FRiberals will soon "remind" us that Terri "wanted" to be starved and dehydrated to death so that her estranged husband could marry the mother of his children."

We mustn't forget that the "gentle giant" as one article dubbed him, kept his promise. Even carved it on the stone celebrating her removal.

I always thought the meaning of his statement referred to the fact that he informed her that he would see her dead if she tried to escape the relationship. I can't prove it but I do sincerely believe it.

8 posted on 06/26/2007 4:40:01 PM PDT by isrul
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To: isrul
I always thought the meaning of his statement referred to the fact that he informed her that he would see her dead if she tried to escape the relationship. I can't prove it but I do sincerely believe it.

There are a lot of us who believe the same thing.

9 posted on 06/26/2007 4:41:44 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Fine, keep the animosity up, it’s your decision. I would prefer otherwise.


10 posted on 06/26/2007 4:43:13 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: Mark was here

It’s obvious from your posts that you wish to continue the same animosity against Terri and her family that you’ve always projected. So drop the sweet little innocent routine. You’re not fooling anyone.


11 posted on 06/26/2007 4:55:02 PM PDT by BykrBayb (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub ~ )
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To: wagglebee
"The foundation wants to "build a national network of attorneys and doctors dedicated to protecting the rights of vulnerable, disabled and elderly persons."

This is desperately needed. I had a similar idea for other kinds of conservative causes.

I am so glad to see the Schindlers be the recepients of this award.

12 posted on 06/26/2007 5:00:02 PM PDT by TAdams8591 ( Guiliani is a Democrat in Republican drag. Mitt Romney for president in 2008! : ))
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To: Mark was here
"I am just saying one can be pro-life, against abortion, simply not a Terry-bot, and still be a valuable ally against real evil."

I have given it hours of serious thought. One CANNOT be pro-life and also have been FOR the starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler. It's too inconsistent.

13 posted on 06/26/2007 5:04:04 PM PDT by TAdams8591 ( Guiliani is a Democrat in Republican drag. Mitt Romney for president in 2008! : ))
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To: BykrBayb
You’re not fooling anyone.

Good, I was not trying to fool anyone.

I like to follow the prolife threads, and think we could be better off with out this "Culture of Death" crap, concerning fellow Freepers.

It looks like I was wrong.

14 posted on 06/26/2007 5:07:04 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: TAdams8591; Mark was here
One CANNOT be pro-life and also have been FOR the starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler. It's too inconsistent.

One cannot be pro-life and support proactive measures to end the life of ANY innocent person.

15 posted on 06/26/2007 5:08:21 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Mark was here

Yes, you were wrong. Free Republic is a pro-life forum. You’re not going to change that.


16 posted on 06/26/2007 5:09:15 PM PDT by BykrBayb (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub ~ )
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To: Mark was here; BykrBayb

Are you denying that there is a culture of death or are you merely unwilling to accept that there are people who post on FR who support it?


17 posted on 06/26/2007 5:15:18 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: TAdams8591
I have given it hours of serious thought. One CANNOT be pro-life and also have been FOR the starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler. It's too inconsistent.

The starving thing was outrageous. I was visiting a friend at the end of her life, she was breathing very heavily, the nurse came in and said she was going to help her, (her blood could not carry oxygen any longer), and adjusted her medicine, she slipped away with her family by her side.

18 posted on 06/26/2007 5:16:21 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: BykrBayb
Yes, you were wrong. Free Republic is a pro-life forum. You’re not going to change that.

I do not want to change the fact that we are pro-life.

Apparently I was wrong in thing that pro-life people can get along.

19 posted on 06/26/2007 5:19:32 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: Mark was here

Pro-life people get along great here. We only have a disagreement when a disruptor shows up pretending to be pro-life, while at the same time promoting a culture of death.


20 posted on 06/26/2007 5:22:04 PM PDT by BykrBayb (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub ~ )
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What an honor for this wonderful family who used Terri’s tragedy to help others.


21 posted on 06/26/2007 5:22:11 PM PDT by Sun (Vote for Duncan Hunter in the primaries. See you there. http://www.gohunter08.com/Home.aspx)
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To: wagglebee
Are you denying that there is a culture of death or are you merely unwilling to accept that there are people who post on FR who support it?

I'm just saying that there may be a difference between letting someone trapped in a unrecoverable coma slip away, and promoting abortion for mere lifestyle issues.

22 posted on 06/26/2007 5:22:54 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: BykrBayb
We only have a disagreement when a disruptor shows up pretending to be pro-life, while at the same time promoting a culture of death.

Post #1 started out with a slam against those who disagreed with you concerning Terri, I fail to see the wisdom in your post.

23 posted on 06/26/2007 5:26:53 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: Mark was here

I didn’t expect you to see the wisdom in the pro-life view point. If you don’t share that view, it seems illogical. Irrational even, to promote the idea that useless eaters shouldn’t be disposed of. I don’t expect you to understand. That’s okay.


24 posted on 06/26/2007 5:32:33 PM PDT by BykrBayb (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub ~ )
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To: Mark was here

How nice to hear from you mr schiavo.


25 posted on 06/26/2007 5:44:53 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: wagglebee
"One cannot be pro-life and support proactive measures to end the life of ANY innocent person."

Of course that's true. I was responding to the specifics of his post.

26 posted on 06/26/2007 5:56:08 PM PDT by TAdams8591 ( Guiliani is a Democrat in Republican drag. Mitt Romney for president in 2008! : ))
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To: Mark was here

You don’t “help” people die. They’ve been doing it on their own since the beginning of mankind.


27 posted on 06/26/2007 5:59:36 PM PDT by TAdams8591 ( Guiliani is a Democrat in Republican drag. Mitt Romney for president in 2008! : ))
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To: wagglebee

What a wonderful thing for this family to do.


28 posted on 06/26/2007 6:00:30 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: Mark was here
I was visiting a friend at the end of her life, she was breathing very heavily, the nurse came in and said she was going to help her.... and adjusted her medicine

What do you mean by "adjusted her medicine"? What did the nurse give her?

29 posted on 06/26/2007 7:34:42 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: wagglebee
Schindler's hope is that the network of centers will help ensure that no more Terri's face a future without the proper medical treatment they deserve.

God bless them and their endeavor.

30 posted on 06/26/2007 7:36:57 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Tired of Taxes
What do you mean by "adjusted her medicine"? What did the nurse give her?

I don't know, these nurses knew her because she was getting a blood transfusion every couple of weeks for the last 3 years. Her "bag" filled up with maybe an ounce of fluid in her last 24 hours. This means her systems had shut down.

31 posted on 06/27/2007 2:24:00 AM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: Mark was here

Or she was dehydrated.


32 posted on 06/27/2007 2:28:03 AM PDT by LilAngel (No blood for quislings)
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You don’t “help” people die. They’ve been doing it on their own since the beginning of mankind.

You dont get it. Her systems had shut down. She was gasping for air like a fish out of water.

33 posted on 06/27/2007 2:31:36 AM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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Or she was dehydrated.

No, she was full of fluids, she just could not process them. Her bone marrow stopped working several years earlier. She was a real fighter right up until the end.

She was an amazing woman, she was raised in an orphanage in Yugoslavia, during WWII, she was questioned by the NAZI's in a railroad station, and answered them in perfect German. After the war she was headed back home and an American solder asked her where she was going, he told her she was better off in America and gave her some money. She loved this country.

34 posted on 06/27/2007 2:45:19 AM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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How nice to hear from you mr schiavo.

You don't know, and you don't know that you don't know. Compassion for an elderly person at the end of a terminal illness, is a good thing. When your liver and kidneys stop working, there is nothing that can be done. She held on to the very end, what more do you expect?

35 posted on 06/27/2007 2:54:24 AM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: Mark was here
You dont get it. Her systems had shut down. She was gasping for air like a fish out of water.

I get it BUT this is not anywhere close to Terri's circumstances. Her vital organs began failure only when fluids and feeding tube were removed. The shot you likely saw was Morphine. It or a similar drug is often given in the final hours of life of terminal patients and due to a tolerance build up of pain meds can end the life by over dosage.

I've worked around patients in so called PVC and saw enough who could respond to have doubts about that label. I've also been around patients so bad off suffering the workers went home from work and prayed they died.

Terri was done wrong by our court system and by her husband as well. If her husband wanted his new life which he obviously had began then custody should have went to her parents. He ended his marriage when he took another woman.

Had he left her I would have had a lot more respect for him and even some understanding and sympathy for his circumstances. I am against helping patients die who are not terminal. I do believe a terminal patient though has the right to refuse treatment. In cases where a patient is dying they should be made as comfortable as possible while the disease takes it's course. Taking ones nutrition and hydration away is by no means making one as comfortable as possible.

36 posted on 06/27/2007 3:06:47 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Kool Aid! The popular American favorite drink now Made In Mexico. Pro-Open Borders? Drink Up!)
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If you don’t share that view, it seems illogical. Irrational even, to promote the idea that useless eaters shouldn’t be disposed of. I don’t expect you to understand. That’s okay.

I'm trying hard to be polite here.

Is it your point that anyone who has a slightly different point of view is of the culture of death?

Is it possible that there are some murky situations that occasionally come around that no one has the absolutely correct answer?

37 posted on 06/27/2007 3:07:57 AM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: Mark was here

Are you saying that the nurse sped up the process of death? Is that what the nurse hinted at doing?


38 posted on 06/27/2007 5:50:03 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Mark was here

Oh, I get it alright. You don’t. We should neither unnecessarily prolong life, nor hasten death.


39 posted on 06/27/2007 6:57:50 AM PDT by TAdams8591 ( Guiliani is a Democrat in Republican drag. Mitt Romney for president in 2008! : ))
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To: Tired of Taxes

Yes, that seems to be what he is saying.


40 posted on 06/27/2007 6:58:23 AM PDT by TAdams8591 ( Guiliani is a Democrat in Republican drag. Mitt Romney for president in 2008! : ))
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Proudly Pro Life Ping to a beautiful thread!


41 posted on 06/27/2007 7:01:06 AM PDT by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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Fantastic news! It is no shock to me that Terri’s death was so close to that of Pope John Paul’s. God willed it so, I believe.

F


42 posted on 06/27/2007 7:03:15 AM PDT by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: Mark was here

Ditto again.


43 posted on 06/27/2007 9:20:07 AM PDT by chiefqc
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There is a difference between accepting and hastening.

Do you call Hospice a culture of death?

44 posted on 06/27/2007 10:07:34 AM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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I'm just saying that there may be a difference between letting someone trapped in a unrecoverable coma slip away, and promoting abortion for mere lifestyle issues.

WHO are you referring to that was in an "unrecoverable" coma (or even a comatose state)? People come out of comas all the time, but that's really beside the point BECAUSE TERRI WASN'T IN A COMA WHEN THEY MURDERED HER.

45 posted on 06/27/2007 12:26:33 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Mark was here; BykrBayb
Post #1 started out with a slam against those who disagreed with you concerning Terri, I fail to see the wisdom in your post.

And I will continue to slam the culture of death and it's satanic agenda as long as there is breath in me.

46 posted on 06/27/2007 12:35:54 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
And I will continue to slam the culture of death and it's satanic agenda as long as there is breath in me.

You need to define exactly what you call the culture of death?

Would you call someone a Satanist if by reliving the pain of a terminally ill patient they hasten the death by say five minutes?

47 posted on 06/27/2007 2:28:41 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: Mark was here
Would you call someone a Satanist if by reliving the pain of a terminally ill patient they hasten the death by say five minutes?

Taking proactive to take an innocent life is murder.

48 posted on 06/27/2007 4:26:03 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

So yes or no, would you relive a termanally ill person of their pain, if doing so would shorten the life of the person five munutes?


49 posted on 06/27/2007 4:55:02 PM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: Mark was here

I would not take ANY proactive steps that I thought would result in death.


50 posted on 06/27/2007 4:56:48 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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