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New Terri Schiavo Documentary Gives Facts Media Distorted in Euthanasia Death
Life News ^ | 3/13/09 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 03/13/2009 1:33:52 PM PDT by wagglebee

St. Petersburg, FL ( -- 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 "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.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: deathindustry; eugenics; euthanasia; moralabsolutes; murder; pravdamedia; prolife; terrischiavo
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To: RedDogzRule
"The pastor of my church at the time told me that he thought she should be taken off life support, ..."

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!

21 posted on 03/13/2009 3:46:28 PM PDT by jackibutterfly
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To: wagglebee

>> “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?

22 posted on 03/13/2009 5:25:55 PM PDT by Gene Eric
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Pinged from Terri Dailies

23 posted on 03/13/2009 6:08:54 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Halls
I have never forgotten it either. Although I did not join until about a year later, I was just becoming acquainted with Free Republic during that time and this board was the only way that I knew the truth about what was happening. Many people believe that Teri was on "life support" (i.e., a respirator). They are unaware that she was perfectly healthy before she was starved to death or that her evil husband prevented her from receiving the therapy that might have allowed her to emerge from her minimally conscious state. They do not know about the diabolical Judge George Greer who seemed determined to kill her and they do not know how the Church of Scientology and its erroneous beliefs were involved in her death.

The entire time, I kept putting myself in the place of the Schlinder family. They must have thought that they were in the middle of a endless nightmare. They had to watch their daughter and sister being legally murdered on the whim of a man who had already moved on with another woman by whom he had two children. I kept thinking that, if Teri had been a "lower animal", PETA would have been out in full force because most people would object to an animal being treated the Teri was treated. My only consolation is that Teri is now in Heaven enjoying the presence of the Lord and that Michael and all of those involved in Teri's death will have to answer for their actions someday.
24 posted on 03/13/2009 11:51:17 PM PDT by srmorton (Chose life!)
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To: srmorton

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.

25 posted on 03/16/2009 3:54:42 PM PDT by bradthebuilder (War is peace; Ignorance is strength; Freedom is slavery)
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