Skip to comments.New Terri Schiavo Documentary Gives Facts Media Distorted in Euthanasia Death
Posted on 03/13/2009 1:33:52 PM PDT by wagglebee
St. Petersburg, FL (LifeNews.com) -- A new documentary about the life and death of Terri Schiavo presents facts that the mainstream media distorted. Schiavo was killed in a painful starvation and dehydration euthanasia death over the course of nearly two weeks when her former husband won a court order to kill her.
Though the media maintained the disabled woman was in a persistent vegetative state experts say she was in a minimally conscious state and her family indicated she repeatedly interacted with them.
Now, Franklin Springs Family Media has put out a newly-released documentary called The Terri Schiavo Story that it says provides previously unexplored facts of the case through in-depth interviews with participants in the saga.
The documentary is hosted by author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada, who became personally involved in the case in 2005 and is herself disabled because of a diving accident.
So what did the mainstream media overlook? Several things, according to the film's producer and director Ken Carpenter.
"I think most people thought Terri was in a vegetative state with no prospects of improving," he told LifeNews.com. "The truth is, the doctors believed Terri was a candidate for rehabilitation, but her husband withheld that treatment."
"Additionally, we uncovered that only one judge ruled on the facts of the case. All the other judges looked at procedure issues and not the original facts," he added.
Carpenter says the documentary is needed to keep the facts of the case alive and to help people understand the lessens that need to be learned.
"Working on this project made clear to me that we need to keep Terri's story alive. Our children need to know where the lines were drawn when our government and court system let Terri die," he said.
Terri's brother, Bobby Schindler, was interviewed at length in the documentary and is now involved in helping families in similar circumstances through The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation.
He believes the truth about his sister's death has been distorted and hidden by the mainstream media.
"Our hope is that people will learn the truth about what happened to Terri and realize the atrocity that it was and that anyone who claims that her death was 'peaceful' and 'painless' is lying. It is because of the truly inhumane nature of death by dehydration that when people are killed this way it is always done behind closed doors in the strictest secrecy," he says.
"I wholeheartedly believe that if the public had been allowed to witness Terri's suffering first hand, the outcry would have deafened Florida and the world," he adds.
Tada, who became a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair and unable to use her hands following her accident, says what happened to Terri continues to affect disabled citizens.
"The story remains relevant because there are countless people like Terri Schiavo whose lives are in grave danger because of unclear custody and guardianship laws," says Tada. "Plus, more states (under futile care policy directives) are quietly removing the feeding tubes from brain-injured people when families abandon their responsibilities. Feeding tubes are providing basic care, not medical treatment."
"I hope that people understand that Terri Schiavo's story is really our story," she continues.
She concludes: "We have a special obligation to protect the weak and vulnerable in our society. We have a responsibility to uphold their human dignity -- because we are of equal dignity, we are not at each other's disposal. The weak and the vulnerable need their rights safeguarded and protected... we must not allow them to become eroded. For when we do, we are jeopardizing the rights of us all."
Originally produced as an episode for the Joni & Friends television series, Franklin Springs Family Media felt the story was compelling enough to produce as a stand-alone project.
The documentary recently won the Jubliee Award for Best Documentary at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.
And that is exactly why Terri's execution was carried out at gunpoint.
And water boarding is considered torture, how ironic.
He was her husband in name only. By deed he’d abandoned the marriage and found a new wife. The parents should have regained “next of kin” status.
I’ve never gotten over this and I’m just waiting for the day justice will be done on earth or afterwards for the people who let this happen to her!
Obama just got rid of enemy combatant and no one could be held unless on ‘substantial’ evidence; Stated due to int’l law.
Now I know the Geneva convention doesn’t apply to them, so he’s bringing some here, others to Saudi Arabia (we saw where they end up), and they’ll be let go.
So next, I guess the Islamic charities that send terror money and the madrassas that teach death and subversion to this country will be untouchable.
Meanwhile, they attempt to bankrupt and silence the CChurch yet install sharia financing in Minn..
How long Lord, how long?
Gird your loins folks, next up (besides the honor killings we already have), will be rapes and more domestic attacks... trust me.
He has to be impeached, this is contrary to the constitution and the oath.
I have believed for a long time that there is a special place in hell for that man.
Good point—look up Hitchen’s view on waterboarding vs. Terri Schiavo.
I agree and everytime I think about it; I am furious and sad.
Thats why they wouldn’t let the family bring a camera into the room. Armed men made sure no pictures could be taken.
This story was so polarizing for me. The pastor of my church at the time told me that he thought she should be taken off life support, and when I asked him if it is not the Christian position to support life in all stages, and he said “yes”, I new it was time to find another church. The media even has/had the elect duped.
Stunning isn't it! You nailed it pal!
I'll never forget either. When I think about how inhumane and barbaric her death was I want to vomit. People kill each other over saving whales, polar bears or whatever else but sat by for two weeks and watched a person slowly being killed. Indescribable.
Terri WAS NOT on life support!
Life is in the breath. If breathing ends without the aid of a ventilator then one can be considered truly dead. However with Terry Schiavo she was not on life support and could breathe quite normal. Starving/dehydrating her to death was pure and cruel ‘legalized’ muder!
My bad. I forgot. But your correction even supports my point further.
I believe that he has since married the women he was scre**ng while his WIFE was still alive.
Hope his new wife has eyes in the back of her head and that she does not have an ACCIDENT like his first wife.
But then again I may be incorrect about the re-marrige. maybe he just when back to the stinking sewer where is felt more at home.
That's what's so unbelievable - she WAS NOT on life support. She WAS NOT dying. Not until they killed her. Imagine that - a State deliberately killing a disabled INNOCENT person! I'll NEVER get over it, either!
>> “I wholeheartedly believe that if the public had been allowed to witness Terri’s suffering first hand...”
The scant information should have been enough to halt the incredibly inhumane treatment of the poor woman. I pity the family that is forever injured with this tragic memory.
If dehydration and starvation is a euphoric, peaceful way to die, why is it not an alternative for the electric chair?
Here is a summary of Catholic doctrine I found when researching text for my will. Please keep in mind that this is intended to be REAL Catholic doctrine, not Kennedy-catholic:
To summarize, those principles are: 1) no one may directly intend death; 2) life sustaining measures are required (food and water are required) as long as the person is not terminally ill and close to death; and 3) for those who are terminally ill and close to death medical treatments which are disproportionately burdensome are never obligatory.