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Posted on 02/27/2009 5:47:09 AM PST by BykrBayb
DOCUMENTARY REVEALS NEW DETAILS IN TERRI SCHIAVO CASE
By Gina Adams
Story Published: Feb 25, 2009 at 5:31 PM CST
Story Updated: Feb 25, 2009 at 5:34 PM CST
The story of Terri Schiavo caused a nationwide uproar that garnered the attention of the worldwide media, the U.S. Congress, and even the office of the President of the United States.
The ethical and cultural implications of her case are still being felt throughout society and continue to spark debate.
In the newly-released documentary, The Terri Schiavo Story (Franklin Springs Family Media), previously unexplored facts of the case are revealed through in-depth interviews with participants on both sides of the issue.
Hosted by author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada, who became personally involved in the case in 2005, The Terri Schiavo Story sheds new light on the controversial decision that led to the death of a 41-year-old disabled woman.
In 1990, at the age of 26, Terri Schindler Schiavo suffered a mysterious cardio-respiratory arrest for which no cause has ever been determined.
She was diagnosed with hypoxic encephalopathy - a neurological injury caused by lack of oxygen to the brain. Terri was placed on a ventilator, but was soon able to breathe on her own and maintain vital function.
She remained in a severely compromised neurological state and was provided a PEG tube to ensure the safe delivery of nourishment and hydration.
On March 31, 2005, Terri Schindler Schiavo died of marked dehydration following more than 13 days without nutrition or hydration under the order of Circuit Court Judge, George W. Greer of the Pinellas-Pasco's Sixth Judicial Court.
Veteran producer and director Ken Carpenter felt the story deserved to be re-told, but he did not anticipate the amount of new information that would come to light.
"Working on this project made clear to me that we need to keep Terri's story alive. Our children need to know the lines were drawn when our government and court system let Terri die. Knowing the full story - not just what we heard in the media - equips us to address new challenges to our faith."
Joni Eareckson Tada, herself disabled after a diving accident which left her a quadriplegic in a wheelchair and unable to use her hands, 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."
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.
Schindler believes the truth about his sister's death has been distorted and hidden - until now.
"Our hope is that people will learn the truth about what happened to Terri," says Schindler, "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. 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."
Tada was on the front lines with Terri's family in 2005, helping lead the protests that eventually landed in the halls of the U.S. Congress. "I hope that people understand that Terri Schiavo's story is really our story," says Tada.
"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.
Their decision was recently justified when The Terri Schiavo Story won the Jubliee Award for Best Documentary at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival.
Franklin Springs Family Media founder Ken Carpenter believes the documentary should be seen by every church and organization that cares about policies related to the disabled and pro-life issues.
"I hope this film helps us see that our understanding of complex situations such as Terri's should not be rooted in popular opinion, but in biblical standards."
Carpenter took home the Dove Award for Long Form Video in 2007 for Amy Grant's Time Again, and in 2006 for Mark Schultz' A Night of Story and Songs.
Carpenter also recently produced and directed the latest John Tesh television special - John Tesh Alive.
Through his Franklin Films production company, Carpenter has produced projects for many of the leading names in Christian entertainment and ministry, including Michael W. Smith, Compassion International, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Gideons, Jeremy Camp, eHarmony, dcTalk, Integrity Publishers, Mercy Me, Big Idea Productions, Casting Crowns, and many others.
Carpenter launched Franklin Springs Family Media in 2005.
For more information and to view a trailer for the new documentary, click here: www.TheSchiavoStory.com.
For more information on Franklin Springs Family Media,visit: www.FranklinSprings.com.
For more information on The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, visit: www.TerrisFight.org.
For more information on Joni Eareckson Tada, visit: www.JoniandFriends.org.
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Jurors have acquitted one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers of violating Kansas law requiring an independent second opinion for the procedure.
Four Years Ago Today, March 27, 2005
Today was Day 10 of Judge George W. Greer's court ordered slow death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo. Over the next two weeks we will post stories of the events that occurred on each of those days. We offer this not only in respect for Terri's memory, but a reminder that in this moment countless people are suffering slow, agonizing deaths in hospice, nursing homes, and hospitals in America and around the world.
Family 'Grief Stricken' as Legal Options Dissolve and Terri Schiavo Nears End
From March 27, 2005 (FBW)
In the hours just before Easter Sunday, when Christ's resurrection is remembered in special services throughout the world, Terri Schiavo's parents sent out an urgent request to supporters.
Everyone go home. Be with your children, hold them close and cherish every moment you have with them, said Paul O'Donnell (pictured), spiritual advisor to the Bob and Mary Schindler.
Voicing the wishes of the family to dozens of reporters in the days news conference at about 9 p.m. EST, ODonnell referenced the approaching holiday and said the Schindler family is grief stricken at watching their daughters life ebb away through court-ordered starvation and dehydration.
ROME (AP) The Italian Senate approved a bill Thursday to ban caregivers from suspending food and water to any patient a move that comes after a right-to-die case divided the nation.
The woman in that case, Eluana Englaro, died last month after her family cut off her food and water. She had been at the center of a legal battle since entering a vegetative state following a 1992 car accident.
The new bill, if approved by the lower house of parliament, would allow people to decide in advance how they want to be treated if they become incapacitated and to state it in a living will. Currently, Italy has no law allowing a living will.
The legislation also states that while patients have a right to refuse treatment, they cannot refuse nutrition or hydration because those are not treatments but "vital support."
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TOPEKA, Kan. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signs a bill ensuring that women and girls seeking abortions can see ultrasound images before the procedure.
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JUNEAU -- State legislators are talking about compromising on a major abortion battle over parental consent, but Gov. Sarah Palin isn't interested in the deal.
The compromise under discussion would be legislation that requires parental notification but not consent. That means parents would have to be told about their teenager's plan to have an abortion but wouldn't have to give their permission for it to happen.
North Pole Republican Rep. John Coghill, with Palin's backing, is still pushing for the full version generally requiring parental consent before girls under age 17 could get an abortion.
I beg your pardon but where does God say one person
has the right to consent to the death of another ?
He never did, and never will.
Today was Day 11 of Judge George W. Greer's court ordered slow death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo. Over the next two weeks we will post stories of the events that occurred on each of those days. We offer this not only in respect for Terri's memory, but a reminder that in this moment countless people are suffering slow, agonizing deaths in hospice, nursing homes, and hospitals in America and around the world.
Judicial Barbarism May End in Horrific Death
From March 28, 2005 (Jewish World Review)
By Nat Hentoff
Florida Circuit Court Judge George Greer (pictured) has again ordered the removal of 41-year-old Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. As of this writing, attempts by the Republican Congressional leadership and some Democrats are being made to save her, through the courts, but the odds are long.
If she dies of dehydration and starvation, this grave injustice can affect the rights of many disabled Americans who do not have clearly written directives as to their treatment when they can no longer speak their wishes.
The fundamental issue in Terri's case is disability rights not the right to die. Throughout all the extensive media coverage of the case, there has been only slight mention usually none at all that nearly every major disability rights organization has filed legal briefs to prevent what they and I regard as judicial murder. The protests are not only from pro-lifers and the Christian Right.
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It absolutely was judicial murder, and a horrific one. There would have been hysteria if this type of death had been ordered for the worst of the worst such as the subhuman Carr brothers.
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BY TOM HOOPES
Saturday, March 28, 2009 4:06 AM
Obama (wiki photo)
As his April 29 100-day mark nears, the Register is compiling an editorial about president Obamas abortion record, starting with his days as an Illinois state senator. Let me know if its missing anything.
March 28, 2001: Voted No to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee.
March 6, 2002: Voted No to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee.
April 4, 2002: Voted No to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act on the Illinois Senate floor.
I still don’t understand how we got to a point where a judge could order the public extermination of an innocent woman, and actually carry it out.
40 Days for Life consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion,
40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices
and 40 days of active pro-life community outreach.
Your community may be participating in this prayerful vigil.
If so, please join others in your area
or unite with thousands across America
during the 40 days of Lent
in praying for an end to abortion in this nation.
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Award-Winning Documentary on Terri Schiavo to be Featured at National Right to Life Convention NASHVILLE, Tenn. The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) will have a special screening of the new documentary, The Terri Schiavo Story from Franklin Springs Family Media, at their national convention in June. Additionally, National Right to Life will be endorsing the film in their April edition of the National Right to Life News which is sent out to nearly 400,000 subscribers. NRLC State Organization and Development Director Jacki Ragan stated, This story is one that pro-lifers ought to review once a year.
The NRLC review of the documentary goes on to say, The DVD does an excellent job summarizing Terris life and the titanic legal struggle that eventually broke out between the Schindlers and Terris husband even for the viewer who only casually watches The Terri Schiavo Story, it is clear just how unjust was the death sentence meted out to Terri.
As the fourth anniversary of her death approaches, the ethical and cultural implications of Terris case are still being felt throughout society and continue to spark debate. Just last year during the Democratic debates, President Obama said one of his regrets as a Senator was voting for Congress to intervene to save Terris life. Hosted by author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada, who became personally involved in the case in 2005, The Terri Schiavo Story sheds new light on the controversial decision that led to the death of a 41-year-old disabled woman.
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It was an honor.
|Four Years Ago Today, March 29, 2005|
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. During the last days of Terri Schiavos life, her family and supporters feverishly tried to prevent her from being starved and dehydrated to death.
The brain-damaged Florida woman was the subject of a bitter battle between her husband, who pushed to end her life, and her family, who wished to care for her. Her familys efforts to save her ultimately proved futile: She died on March 31, 2005.
Four years after her death, Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life and Father Thomas Euteneuer of Human Life International will concelebrate a Mass at Ave Maria University in Florida in her memory. It is part of the second annual Terris Day, also known as the International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo and All Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters.
The day was established by the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation and Priests for Life.
This issue did not die with my sister, Terri, said Bobby Schindler, director of the foundation. There are tens of thousands of people in similar conditions who are in jeopardy of being killed like her in our country and worldwide.
Indeed, a high-profile case in Italy was compared to the Schindler familys plight of four years ago. Beppino Englaro, the father of Eluana Englaro, a 38-year-old Italian woman who was in a persistent vegetative state for years, fought to remove her feeding tube to cause her death. The resulting legal battle culminated with Italys top court late last year awarding Englaro the right to disconnect his daughter from life support. Among those protesting was the Church.
Eluana lost her life Feb. 9.
During the debate, Italians checked out the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation website.
It tracks people from all over the world, and, other than America, Italy was getting the most hits, Bobby Schindler said.
He said several Canadians supported Terris Day last year, and he expected the same this year.
There are some people up there that Ive been in contact with, and I know they will be doing some things on March 31, he said.
The Churchs teaching on the matter is clear. According to the Catechism, Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable (No. 2277).
Wesley Smith, a senior fellow in human rights and bioethics at the Discovery Institute, said the Schiavo case made many people aware for the first time that people could be legally dehydrated to death if they had a severe cognitive disability. After Terris death, he said, Due to many factors, particularly media bias, [there] has been a general shrugging of the shoulders, with more people now willing to countenance doing to a vulnerable human what would cause utter and justified outrage if it were done to a dog.
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Edinburgh, Scotland (LifeNews.com) -- Scotland MSP Margo MacDonald has narrowed her bill that would legalize assisted suicide, but the measure still targets the disabled. MacDonald is hoping to get a private member's bill introduced at Holyrood this year, and she has narrowed the scope of the bill to attract more support.
The Scottish Parliament, the devolved national, unicameral legislature of Scotland, has not been receptive to the legislation thus far.
MacDonald originally had only four members of the parliament behind her effort.
To get more MSPs on her side, she modified her bill to only allow assisted suicides for three specific categories of people. That includes those with a progressive, degenerative conditions; people who have suffered a trauma such as accidents or injuries and that left them dependent on others for care; and people with terminal illness. . .
Quoting Deliverance, the newsletter of Dr Nitschke's organisation, Exit International, The Observer said the kits, which have chemicals that change colour when mixed with lethal barbiturates, would be released in May. . .
So, now that we know that many people thought to be unconscious--are actually awake and aware--some might think that would cause bioethicists to step back from the dehydration agenda. As I have long predicted, not on a bet! An article published in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy by Oxford bioethicists Guy Kahane and the always crassly utilitarian Julian Saveulescu, makes it clear that demonstrable awareness should be no bar to ending the lives of these disabled patients. . .
"We will not be silent.
We are your bad conscience.
The White Rose will give you no rest."
This is horrible.
(So, Jeb told Jesse he was going to let her die after they met).
Jackson got the truth out of Jeb anyway and came bk to hospice with nothing but his pimped up ride - empty handed.
Fifteen Patients Die as Earth Hour Kills Life Support in Hospital
By Brian Briggs
San Francisco, CA Fifteen patients on life support and in surgery died at San Francisco General Hospital when power was cut for "Earth hour" on Saturday.
The hospital was pleased with their participation in the worldwide celebration of the planet. "We asked all the patients and their families if they were all right with us cutting the power. To a person, they all said as stewards of this planet it was their duty to observe Earth Hour. They knew the risks and were willing to take it," said hospital administrator Lawrence Cho.
Cho said that it was a net gain for planet Earth, despite the deaths. "The dead patients will no longer use any energy, and actually will be turned into energy in our patient incinerator," said hospital administrator Lawrence Cho.
As power was cut in the critical care ward some patients screamed in pain, others died calmly in their sleep. Cho said that most of the medical equipment has battery-powered back up systems, but those were disabled, because hospital officials felt that violated the spirit of Earth Hour.
Heart surgeon Dr. Gregory Morris was doing an open-heart procedure when the lights went out. "I wasn't sure what I was cutting into. Turns out it wasn't his heart, but his bowels. Unfortunately, Mr. Simms didn't make it."
Marla Tompkins, surviving sister of cancer patient Warren Tompkins, said, "Warren struggled for breath as his ventilator was powered down. I thought he might make it, but with three minutes left before power was to be turned back on, he expired. It was tragic, but kept me on the edge of the seat the whole time."
Cho hopes other hospitals learn from the example of San Francisco General and participate in next year's Earth Hour.
|Four Years Ago Today, March 30, 2005|
The Culture of Death Advances
From March 30, 2005 (WorldNetDaily)
By Pat J. Buchhanan
On Good Friday, as Terri Schiavo lay dying of thirst in Woodside Hospice, Gabriel Keys took her a cup of water. Gabriel was arrested, handcuffed and taken away.
Apparently, no one taught Gabriel that you do not disobey a judge's order, even to bring water to someone dying of thirst. As he is 10 years old, he is probably not yet conversant with the new morality, where a corporal work of mercy can be a crime. Perhaps his parents filled his mind with such subversive texts as, "Whoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones, a cup of cold water" shall not lose eternal life.
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A doctor molested three pregnant women as they were undergoing terminations at a Marie Stopes family planning clinic, a court heard today.
Dr Narendra Sharma, 51, stunned colleagues when he began using the women's hands to carry out sexual acts upon himself as they lay semi-conscious under anaesthetic, it was claimed.
One nurse reacted with 'shock, horror and utter disbelief' when she spotted anaesthetist Sharma exposing himself after holding one patient's hand and noticing 'up and down movements,' a jury was told.
The incidents occurred over an 11-day period during termination procedures at the Manchester branch of the worldwide charitable organisation which helps protect young mothers from back street abortions.
The women aged between 18 and 22 were under a 'partial' anaesthetic. They were not under a full general anaesthic but were unaware of their surroundings. . .
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NEW YORK, March 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The bishop recently appointed to head up the archdiocese of New York - one of the most influential positions in the U.S. Catholic Church - said in an interview yesterday that Notre Dame "made a big mistake" by inviting President Obama to receive an honorary degree and give the commencement address at the school on May 17.
"They made a big mistake ... in an issue that is very close to the heart of Catholic world view, namely, the protection of innocent life in the womb, [Obama] has unfortunately taken a position very much at odds with the Church," Archbishop Timothy Dolan told host Charlie Sykes on the "Sunday Insight" program of Milwaukee station TMJ4.
Dolan is the fifth bishop to condemn the university's decision since the March 20 announcement that Obama had accepted the invitation, and announcement sparked a wave of protest from the American Catholic community. . .
Knowing how people in FL are, George W. Greer may be the one “Republican” who can hold the Senate seat being vacated by the popular Mel Martinez.
I’m afraid we can pray until we are blue in the face, but the women of America will still rush to their nearest abortuary to keep themselves free of the unwanted ones.
Lord, may your perfect justice prevail in order to prevent
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|Four Years Ago Today, Terri Schiavo Dies After Almost Two Weeks Without Food or Water|
I frequently see reference to “state sanctioned murder.” That needs to be corrected. The state didn’t merely sanction her murder. It ordered her murder. Judge Greer didn’t give anyone permission to kill Terri Schiavo. He issued a court order demanding that she be hung by the neck until dead. No wait, that wasn’t the method of execution. But I digress. The point is, it wasn’t a state sanctioned murder. It was a state ordered murder.
You are absolutely correct!
This is why we fight.
Today I am going to vote for a strong, prolifer for Congress in NY’s Special Election.
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Today is "Terri's Day." It is the fourth anniversary of the end of Terri Schiavo's ordeal of death by dehydration. This cruel end was not a necessary death. It was forced upon her by judicial fiat even though she was not terminally ill, did not require a respirator or kidney dialysis, and had a loving family eager to care for her for the rest of her natural life.
Terri's family believed and believes that she knew when they visited and reacted with joy. But even if she was unaware, she remained a beloved daughter and sister, fully worthy of life and care. . .
St. Petersburg, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Four years ago today, Terri Schiavo succumbed to the effects of the painful starvation and dehydration death her former husband subjected her to over a 13-day period. Terri was killed on March 31, 2005 when her former husband won a protracted legal battle against the Schindler family for the right to disconnect her feeding tube.
Now, the Schindler family -- Terri's mother and father and brother and sister -- honors her memory by fighting for other disabled and minimally conscious patients to receive the kind of medical care, rehabilitative treatment and food and water Terri was denied. . .
In memory of Terri I will not be pinging any more threads to Terri Dailies until tomorrow.
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