Skip to comments.Terri Schiavo's Brother Wants to Talk With GOP Candidates About Her
Posted on 10/25/2007 4:05:19 PM PDT by wagglebee
He says they would be more likely to support the actions Congress and the Florida legislature took to try to help his family prevent her former husband from subjecting her to a painful euthanasia death if they knew more about her case.
"I want to personally talk with them about Terri's case," Bobby Schindler told the Boston Globe. "They need to be fully informed. There obviously exists a lot of confusion about my sister's situation."
Schindler told the newspaper that he plans to write each candidate a letter about Terri's circumstances and the painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death her former husband Michael made her endure.
He says Terri's case was not an end-of-life one because she wasn't dying and that his family took their lawsuit to federal courts because state courts had mandated that she be killed.
Thompson responded to questions about Terri Schiavo on Monday and said he didn't think that government should intervene in cases like hers. He says government should stay out and let families decide.
It should be decided by the families the federal government and the state government too, except for the court system, ought to stay out of those matters as far as I am concerned," he said.
One leading pro-life advocate who spoke with LifeNews.com about the comments on the condition of anonymity said the media is making too much of Thompson's comments in an attempt to show a divide between him and the pro-life movement or the Schindler family.
The pro-life leader said Thompson's view that government shouldn't make end-of-life decisions fits into the pro-life perspective but that government had to intervene in Terri's case because her family was split over her care.
However the pro-life community views Thompsons' remarks, the Schindler family has found a reason to be disappointed with the comments most of the candidates have had on the case.
The family endorsed pro-life Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, but he dropped out of the race last week.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has come under fire for his comments, as have ex-New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senator John McCain of Arizona.
Even former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who is considered one of the better candidates left in the race from the pro-life perspective, told the St. Petersburg Times earlier this year, "I wasn't sure how the federal government had a role in all that."
Yes there does.
What a joke. They want to start this circus again?
I want to personally talk with the candidates about my complicated tax return - but it ain't going to happen.
No doubt Thompson will respond with "I'm not going to dance to anybody's tune," again.
Such a diplomatic guy, hard to believe that he comes to us via the self-involved Hollywood types.
Oh come on, it's the 'problem' that never goes away!! Both parties have those within their midst that believe government knows best. And of course if the federal government sets a standard, they'll whine about that. The federal government will change it, and others will whine about that. It's the perpetual call of big government lovers, be they social 'conservatives' or far leaning lefties.
That's what will rot this nation from within. It won't be the boogeyman Islamowhatevers, it won't be the mean Chinese with a booming economy, it will be those that believe the federal government should be involved in anything and everything that will drag this nation to its demise.
And then there are those of us who want the government to do the job they’re supposed to do, instead of interfering in our lives and ordering the death of innocent citizens. But please, don’t let the truth get in the way of your agenda.
God bless the Schindlers' efforts.
I can't help but notice that your tagline is very inconsistent with your views which totally contradict the principles upon which our Republic was founded.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, [emphasis added is mine]
-- The Declaration of Independence
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
-- The Constitution of the United States
It is abundantly clear that the Founding Fathers declared our independence AND formed our constitutional republic to protect life.
Even if Terri’s murder was technically legal, AND IT WASN’T, it was still immoral and barbaric.
Whatever you do to the least of my brothers
The last portion of the 25th chapter of Matthew explains the difference between the pro-life movement and the culture of death as better than anything ever written.
You mean the principles the federal government was limited to very specific issues and the rest was left to the states? Or the SoCon Huckabee myth that most of the Framers were ministers and what they really meant to establish was a federal government that would deal with every moral concern the citizens of the separate and sovereign states may face?
In your fondness for hyphenated conservatism, what hyphenated label do you prefer for yourself?
You cherry pick conservative tidbits to support an agenda that does not fit in here at all.
Perhaps you are unaware that Amendments to the Constitution are actually PART of the Constitution, they ARE NOT subordinate to it.
No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. [Emphasis added is mine]
-- Amendment XIV of the Constitution of the United States
Even IF Florida law had allowed Michael Schiavo, Felos and Greer to kill Terri and ignore a Congressional subpoena (which it DOESN'T), the federal government was clearly empowered to prevent them from enforcing a law that is unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment.
You and the other liberaltarian-anarchists love to throw around the powers that were "reserved to the states," but you do not seem to understand that the Constitution was later AMENDED to address some of these issues.
If you had your way, the federal government would be so busy exercising the powers delegated to it by the Constitution, they wouldn’t have time to indulge the whimsical “constitutional” inventions of libs.
I'm mainly looking for them to stop the murders of innocent people.
Actually it wasn't. Progressives like yourself run to the 14th Amendment because you have no argument. Tell us, in comparison to the passage of the 14th Amendment at what date was the 5th Amendment applied to the separate and sovereign states? The 1st? The 8th? 7th? Take your time to look it up if you so choose. The point is that contrary to progressive revisionists, the 14th Amendment did not incorporate any of the Amendments (and even then selectively over time) until the 20th century.
That puts you in good company. Our founding fathers would be pleased that the ideals to which they dedicated their lives are still alive. They would not be pleased at the threat that is waged against those ideals by our own countrymen.
Whatever. Anarchists like you love to pretend that the Fourteenth Amendment doesn’t exist, but it does.
Go make another homemade RINO Paul sign to litter the roads or something.
ROFLMAO!!!! Oh, do tell us what you think the 14th Amendment is. This should be good for a few more laughs.
Whatever. Anarchists like you love to pretend that the Fourteenth Amendment doesnt exist, but it does.
LOL, can't answer the question can you? Well you could I suppose but it would counter your lame argument. So instead you call names...
Anarchists huh? Federalists are now called anarchists by 'good conservatives'. How precious...
It's pretty clear that it is restricting the power of states to make arbitrary laws to murder people. The end of the Fourteenth Amendment is also quite clear in its intent:
The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
You’re singing to the choir with that post. I stand beside you in supporting our Constitution. Our visitor doesn’t seem to get it though.
It doesn’t make a damn bit of difference WHEN other Amendments were applied to the individual states, the Fourteenth Amendment gave Congress the authority to protect Terri. You may not like it, you may not agree with it, but it is very clear and it is the law of the land.
Go buy some more mining stocks so you will be protected from the government you hate so much and as an added benefit you will make RINO Paul a little wealthier personally.
Are you suggesting the 14th Amendment doesn’t come into effect until the others expire? When are their expiration dates? Where do you get your interpretation?
Giuliani is clueless, Ron Paul clueless, Huckabee waffles on Terri...Hunter was for Terri and so was Tancredo. Hunter and Tancredo out of that entire field of so called pro-life candidates. Mitt gets extra credit for helping Haleigh but in debates, he's ill equipped on the subject of Terri.
Terri was mentioned by a caller on Sean Hannity's radio show last night. Her death is troubling to many people as they become aware that it wasn't just about her.
LOL. I already forgot about Thompson and left him off my candidate list that I just posted somewhere at FR.
www.judgegeorgegreer.com (his prison cell awaits him).
bb, didn’t you hear that people with disabilities aren’t really people? They aren’t worthy of life cuz they need a little help. If Hitler understood it, why don’t you?
They truly don't haven't done their own research.
Forgettable Fred. I just did. If he won’t talk about his daughter, or someone’s sister, or health issues, how can he be the boss of the Dept. of HHS? President’s don’t get to choose what happens including civil rights and/or health issues.
Same reason you don’t understand it. We’re too smart.
Freepathon is over! We hit the goal! Woo Hoo!
I would like to see Romney meet with Terri’s family. It would be a great dialog.
We're damned foolish if we play liberals here and let our emotions run wild. Let the family fight it out among themselves and leave it there.
Agreed. I would only take issue with one thing. A true libertarian could never endorse the killing of an innocent person like Terri. It was state-enforced homicide.
I don’t think he is being politically smart.
He can achieve the desired result by couching his position as “wanting to prevent future crisis”.
Instead he is now being spun as a person who is fighting the fight that is over.
he should be creating new laws which WOULD stand up constitutional muster. this way it looks like he is looking backwards not forwards.
When a dozen-plus Congressional Democrats added their voices to the Starvation Nation, I remarked at the time how nearly every one of them belonged to the Democratic Socialists of America [DSA] caucus.
Then later this was as much confirmed when Schiavo started his payback PAC for '06, and proceeded to get most of his DUmmie candidates beat [in a historically significant mid-2nd term opposition party sweep, no less].
High-profile, fellow-traveling DUmmies like Jim Davis, Ned Lament, and (CO-4) Angie Paccione; and what the heck, let's go down the list: (FL-9) Phyllis Busansky, (FL-10) Samm Simpson, (FL-21) Frank Gonzalez, (FL-25) Michael Calderin, (MA-9) Jack Robinson, (NJ-7) Linda Stender, (NY-29) Eric Massa, and (OH-1) John Cranley -- all lost with Schiavo's support.
Schiavo just couldn't stand all this electoral 'success', so much so he took his PAC off life support and buried it just a month ago.
There is a major lesson to be learned by this example. Everyone should decide, independently of their family, what it is they want to have done in the same or similar circumstances, go to a lawyer and have it reduced to writing and then sign it - NOW before it happens. All family members and your personal physician should be advised of the legal decision. At any time their circumstances, belief, opinions, marital status, etc. changes, have the legal work redone. A person should NEVER assume that just because they are madly in love with someone and marry them that that person will “know” what is to be done. Parents do not always make the best decision on behalf of an adult child. It’s no different than determining what you want to have happen to children should either or both parents die or become incapacitated, or an elderly person determining what they want to have happen should they become unable to responsibly make appropriate decisions concerning their welfare. I know what I want done and under what circumstances and have named a person who I have empowered to make that decision. I believe these are totally family decisions but family members more often than not do not agree - particularly when making decisions of this nature.
He ran his PAC as poorly as he attended to guardianship duties. What guardian sets out to kill their ward? Unfortunately, since him, there are more. The fortunate wards get media attention and are spared. The unlucky ones alone in a room with nobody to turn to are dead before their time.
“”I want to personally talk with them about Terri’s case,” Bobby Schindler told the Boston Globe. “They need to be fully informed. There obviously exists a lot of confusion about my sister’s situation.”
Schindler told the newspaper that he plans to write each candidate a letter about Terri’s circumstances and the painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death her former husband Michael made her endure.”
What a super idea.
If one of these guys is going to be our president some day, they need to be thoroughly informed for the sake of future Terris out there.
My concerns are for those who have no family. Do they have less rights under the law? It’s likely.
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