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Terri Schiavo Needs Your Help
E-mail from Fr. Peter West ^ | 5.13.02

Posted on 05/13/2002 3:45:41 PM PDT by Coleus

Dear Friends,

The story of Terri Schiavo is a case that could have major implications in the fight to preserve the dignity of life, especially for persons who are handicapped, elderly or sick. Terri's family is inspirational in their devotion to her care. I have met them several times and they have kept me informed of her plight. I usually do not send out emails with requests for donations, but I felt the need to make an exception in this situation.

Detailed explanations of current and past legal events are featured on Terri's website at Terri's Website. I especially recommend that you read "The Cover Up" under Current News posted March 29, 2002.

Terri's family needs your help in overcoming the "Right to Die" philosophy. The family can not afford the legal expenses necessary to preserve Terri's life alone. Their legal financial situation is near a crisis. If you have any questions regarding Terri or our fight to preserve Terri's life please call Terri's Dad, Robert Schindler, Sr., at
(727) 866-0198.

Please contribute if you can. Donations to help Terri should be directed to:

Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation
4615 Gulf Blvd. Suite 103-104
St. Petersburg Beach, FL 33706

Below is Mr. Schindler's letter to me. Please keep Terri and her family in your prayers.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Peter West

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Dear Father West,

You may have heard of my daughter. She is a beautiful 38 year old woman, and she's been on television many times. Her name is Terri Schiavo.

In January of 2000, Terri's life was put on trial in response to her husband's petition to withdraw the feeding tube which supplies her nutrition and water. The media labeled it as a "Right to Die" case. After an unspeakably horrible, one-sided trial, the judge ruled that her feeding be terminated, thereby ordering her to die of starvation, or, worse yet, dehydration.

I am writing to you now because we need your help. We are in desperate need of financial assistance. And as you read on, I think you will see that the importance of your aid goes far beyond the fate of one man's daughter.

Please understand, Terri is not brain dead, nor is she on a ventilator. The Florida courts, however, view a feeding tube as a form of artificial life support. And because of the current state of Florida law, the same thing that Terri is going through could happen to a broad range of people........... Alzheimer's patients, brain injured adults and children who can't feed themselves, children with Downs syndrome, and people with MS. All it takes is a disabled patient who can't speak or feed herself and a spouse or family member who is willing to testify that the patient had made vague statements, even years ago, that they "wouldn't want to live like that," as did Terri's husband, Michael Schiavo. You don't even have to produce a written advance directive anymore.

There are no guarantees this couldn't happen to anyone's daughter or son? In Terri's case, the court focused on testimony rendered by a neurologist hired by her husband. He depicted Terri as a vegetable, going so far as to state categorically there was "very little inside this skull other than spinal fluid," despite CT scans clearly showing Terri's brain. Terri's future was represented as hopeless. As a result of this damning testimony, she was deprived of food and water for several days in April of 2001, only to be saved at the last possible minute by the order of another courageous judge.

Despite this close call, Terri is doing well now. She actually responds to her family and friends. She is acutely aware of her surroundings and she reacts positively to stimulation. She frequently attempts to speak.

Since this case became so public, seven independent doctors, including neurologists, have come forward to file affidavits stating that Terri is not hopeless. Their affidavits emphatically state, that with proper treatment, Terri can recover substantially. Of course, nobody can say for sure how much of her faculties she can recover until she has actually received that treatment.

But, her husband Michael has complete control over Terri, and he does not allow her to receive rehabilitation of any kind. Terri gets NO physical therapy, NO speech therapy, NO swallowing therapy, NO sensory stimulation, NO pap smears, NO mammograms. You have to question -What kind of a world do we live in where doctors aren't allowed to treat patients anymore?

In the two years since her "death sentence," our family has engaged in a struggle to save Terri's life. The extensive media coverage has attracted interest throughout this country and abroad. When informed of the actual details of this case, people are usually horrified, and overwhelmingly in support of our efforts. Unfortunately, the publicity has also attracted the attention of the "Right to Die" movement. This case, we believe, has become part of their ambition to expand the categories of vulnerable people from whom food and water can be withheld.

If we are unsuccessful, the legal precedents established in this case will have far reaching repercussions. Not only will it cost Terri her life, but it also has the potential to include the disabled into the category of people whose "quality of life" is deemed unacceptable, and they too may be considered unworthy of living.

At this point, our legal struggle is producing results. We will soon (for the first time) have doctors of our choosing examine Terri and order tests. That will be followed by a new trial in October, at which we will be able to present our evidence that Terri is not in a persistent vegetative state, as her husband claims.

However, it is still an uphill battle. The other side is well-funded by Terri's own money! She has a medical fund, nearly $400,000 of which has been spent by Michael Schiavo on attorneys' fees and costs in his attempt to end her life. Even if we win, we expect the other side to appeal the result, right up to the Supreme Court. They are willing to fight to the last dollar of Terri's money.

I hope you can see that we desperately need your help, in the form of financial support. The cruel irony of using Terri's money to end her life can only be overcome by fighting Michael Schiavo and his attorneys -head to head- in court for as long as it takes. There are no short-cuts.

Because of the great expense involved in litigation, our family has formed The Terri Schindler - Schiavo Foundation to raise capital. Our goals are three-fold:

First, to underwrite the legal expenses involved in the ongoing litigation to save Terri's life.(As we are ordinary people of modest means, we have not been able to pay very much in attorneys fees before exhausting our resources; luckily, we are working with lawyers who recognize the great injustice that has been perpetrated, and have been willing to devote hundreds of hours to the struggle to save her life with little compensation. But they too have rent and expenses.

Second, we hope to replace some of the money held in trust for Terri's medical treatment.

Third, we feel that it is extremely important for loving mothers and fathers everywhere to understand what can happen to their children if they become "inconvenient to their spouse's lifestyles" after suffering a medical setback as did Terri (Michael is now engaged to be married to another woman). We want to share what we have learned with others who may find themselves facing the same unbelievably trying situation in which we have found ourselves.

Already, the Foundation has been called upon to assist other families with loved ones in jeopardy of having their lives prematurely ended. Consequently, we responded by helping them through sharing of information.

Contributions to the Foundation to support this cause are important. The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation is registered with the state of Florida as a non-profit corporation. The Foundation is comprised of volunteers who have come to Terri's aid in waging this life and death battle. We have no administrative salaries, although we do incur expenses in our promotional efforts and in support activities.

Detailed explanations of current and past legal events are featured on Terri's website at Terri's Website.Please call me if there are any questions that you may have regarding Terri or our fight to preserve Terri's life. You may reach me at 727-866-0198.

Anything you can give will go to the Foundation's efforts. We need your help, and pray that no one will ever find themselves needing ours. With heartfelt thanks,

Robert Schindler Sr.
(Terri's Father)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Florida
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Here it is, some may say let her die, others, including her parents and siblings, want her to live and know they can help her recover--which she will with her family's support. Her husband wants her to croak so he can remarry and have a wonderful life. I guess he forgot about his wedding vows.
1 posted on 05/13/2002 3:45:42 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: agrace;Alberta's Child; Antoninus;BeforeISleep; Betteboop; Black Agnes; brotherwolf;Cagey...
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2 posted on 05/13/2002 3:49:16 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus
bttt
3 posted on 05/13/2002 4:08:57 PM PDT by summer
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To: Coleus
Why doesn't he just divorce her and remarrry, and spare everyone -- including himself -- the legal expenses? Did he win the lottery, or is his concubine independently wealthy?
4 posted on 05/13/2002 4:10:20 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: eastsider
He has been living with someone for years, I believe they have children. He is counting on inheriting Terri's money once she is killed. If he divorces her he will loose the money. This is legalized murder.
5 posted on 05/13/2002 4:24:31 PM PDT by blueriver
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To: blueriver
Thanks, blueriver. I knew there had to be a money angle somewhere.
6 posted on 05/13/2002 4:29:25 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: Coleus
Thank you Coleus. Prayers & help on their way...
7 posted on 05/13/2002 4:43:07 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: Coleus
I wonder if the news magazines know about this case? Dateline and 20/20 love to do these kinds of stories and I think the publicity would be good for her cause.
8 posted on 05/13/2002 5:01:15 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Coleus; blueriver
How unspeakably evil! Thank you though for that information.
9 posted on 05/13/2002 6:00:38 PM PDT by Siobhan
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To: goldenstategirl
I don't know. I'll send it in. A friend of mine know John Stossel maybe he has an in.
10 posted on 05/13/2002 6:00:41 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus
John Stossel would be the perfect one to report this story. God save Terri Schiavo!
11 posted on 05/13/2002 6:01:39 PM PDT by Siobhan
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To: sandyeggo; frogandtoad; Domestic Church; BlessedBeGod; saradippity; maryz; Jeff Chandler...
A RIGHT TO LIVE ping!!!!!!!!!!!!
12 posted on 05/13/2002 6:02:24 PM PDT by Siobhan
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To: Coleus
I have heard about this case. There was a similar case recently in California. I believe the mother won the right to keep her son alive, against the wife's wishes. I believe the decision came after he already died, but I don't recall the names right now. I wonder if they have sought the assistance of groups like the Thomas More Law Center to help them in court.
13 posted on 05/13/2002 6:13:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Coleus
bump!
14 posted on 05/13/2002 6:36:27 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: Coleus
FReepers are so well connected:)
15 posted on 05/13/2002 7:20:26 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: goldenstategirl
Big Bump!
16 posted on 05/14/2002 5:22:03 AM PDT by Domestic Church
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To: Siobhan
I believe Michael Schiavo's motives are all too transparent......commit judicially authorized euthanasia, preserve Terri's medical account to the extent he can and use it, as well as insurance procedes to begin his life with another to whom he will swear his "until death do us part" committment.

I hope his future wife doesn't suffer a tragic malady, for her sake.

17 posted on 05/14/2002 6:05:48 AM PDT by EODGUY
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To: EODGUY
His fiancée/girlfriend of the past 10 years must be equally as greedy as he is. I wonder why the people who are fighting against assisted suicide are not involved in this case.
18 posted on 05/14/2002 6:51:00 AM PDT by blueriver
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To: EODGUY
That's what I thought too. If I were his future wife I'd be horrified at what he was doing and run.
19 posted on 05/14/2002 8:07:11 AM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: blueriver
I would consider this case judicially authorized homicide, IMHO.
20 posted on 05/14/2002 8:11:56 AM PDT by EODGUY
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To: EODGUY
It's times like these that I wish the good Lord would just step in and work His healings as a way to provide justice. Too bad He wouldn't 'influence' events so that the husband/live-in had a car wreck and THEY ended up in the same condition.

Prayers for this family and Terri.

21 posted on 05/14/2002 8:26:17 AM PDT by mommadooo3
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To: goldenstategirl
Either that or she has plans for him.


22 posted on 05/14/2002 8:47:19 AM PDT by EODGUY
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To: BarbieDoll
I believe in miracles and that Terry will soon recover. Family ties and support can work wonders as well. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy, what she is going through now. Her husband is a jerk. All he thinks about is HIS happiness! I pray he or his girlfriend never wind up like Terry.
23 posted on 05/14/2002 8:50:08 AM PDT by Barbie Doll
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To: mommadooo3
I wonder if he and/or the live-in ever question how such a tragedy would be handled by the other?

My guess is they'll have a relationship based on mutual mistrust.

24 posted on 05/14/2002 8:50:17 AM PDT by EODGUY
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To: Barbiedoll
It's a relationship based on selfishness as well.
25 posted on 05/14/2002 8:51:01 AM PDT by Barbie Doll
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To: EODGUY
I would consider this case judicially authorized homicide,


I agree. Also, the St. Petersburg Times was extremely pro Michael Schivo. They never exposed the fact that he was living with someone. He was always described as the poor grieving husband that just wanted to let Terri die because that is what she would have wanted. Very slanted reporting if you ask me. These parents never should have had to fight to keep their daughter alive.

26 posted on 05/14/2002 10:07:53 AM PDT by blueriver
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To: blueriver
These parents never should have had to fight to keep their daughter alive.

You have summed it up in one sentence.

27 posted on 05/14/2002 10:13:06 AM PDT by EODGUY
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To: blueriver
Typical left-wing slant.
28 posted on 07/08/2002 9:41:50 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus
Typical left-wing slant.


What is left wing about what I have said? Please clarify as I do not see what is left wing about being in favor of allowing Teri Schiavo not to be killed by her husband so that he can inherit her medical malpractice money. In actuality, it is the left wing media (The St. Petersburg Times) that has portrayed Michael as the poor innocent victim that is not being "allowed" to let his wife die in peace. It's all a big lie - he couldn't care less about Teri, all he wants is her money. The paper has an agenda - and it has nothing to do with Teri's right to life.

29 posted on 07/09/2002 12:02:21 AM PDT by blueriver
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To: blueriver
I was talking about the newspaper not taking the pro life view.
30 posted on 07/09/2002 8:56:59 AM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus
Yes, I agree. Sorry for the misinterpretation
31 posted on 07/09/2002 3:16:58 PM PDT by blueriver
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To: blueriver
Sure, no problem.
32 posted on 11/10/2003 10:02:19 PM PST by Coleus (Only half the patients who go into an abortion clinic come out alive.)
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