Skip to comments.Pro-Life Advocates Remember Terri Schiavo on Death Anniversary
Posted on 03/31/2011 11:55:18 AM PDT by wagglebee
On the anniversary of her 13-day starvation and dehydration death at the hands of her former husband, pro-life advocates are remembering Terri Schiavo and promising to help disabled patients like her.
We honor Terri Schiavo today, by speaking at the Medical Ethics Symposium at Ave Maria School of Law. Her fight for Life reflects the importance of caring for those with special needs, especially with end of life decisions and prenatal diagnosis,” Hawkins said. “In both cases, pro-lifers need to stand for the most defenseless among us.”
I have seen this with my own eyes when my son Gunner was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). During my second pregnancy with my son Bear, doctors told me that I should find out if he had CF in order to prevent me from having another child that would suffer with this condition,” Hawkins added.
She continued, “Bear, thankfully, was healthy, but the pressure that mothers face for prenatal diagnosis and aborting children with special needs is tremendous as 90% of Gunners peers that are diagnosed with CF in the womb are aborted. Thats an astounding statistic that calls us to action. We must stand for the most defenseless among us, those with special needs in hospitals as well as those in the womb.”
Meanwhile, the staff of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, a pro-life legal group that provided help for Terri’s family during the ordeal, say they “will never forget Terri, nor will we forget her familys valiant efforts to save her life.”
“Life Legal was privileged to assist the Schindler family in the fight for Terris life and as the years go by we continue to receive calls from families in similar situations,” the group told LifeNews. “LLDF board member Brian Chavez Ochoa litigated one such case on behalf of Suzanne Emrich. Ochoa filed a petition that requested the court order nutrition and hydration restored to her cousin, Janet Rivera, who for nine days was denied food and fluids. The petition was granted, and Ms. Riveras life was saved.”
Some of the referrals Life Legal receives come from The Life and Hope Network, formerly the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, which Terri’s family continues to help other patients like her.
The pro-life legal group encouraged people to look ahead to potential problems by putting together legal papers to protect the medical care and treatment they want.
“It bears repeating that one of the lessons we learned from Terris case is that should you become incapacitated by illness or disability, the person who is your decision-maker could mean the difference between life and death,” the group said. “We encourage you to honor Terris memory by protecting yourself with a protective medical decision document.”
The National Right to Life Committee also remembered Terri, saying, “Six years ago today, Terri Schiavo died by court-ordered starvation & dehydration. Remember Terri and see what you can do.”
Following the symposium, Ave Maria University will host the The National Mass for Terris Day at the Ave Maria Oratory, located near Naples, FL, marking the sixth anniversary of Terri Schiavos death.
The International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters (Terris Day) was established in 2007 and is observed each year on March 31, the date of Terris death.
The purpose of this day is to foster education, prayer, and activism regarding discrimination against the cognitively disabled, and advocacy for people in situations similar to what Terri and her family faced. 40 Days for Life, a community-based campaign that over a period of 40 days attempts to transform individuals and communities to recognize the value and dignity of human life, will be observing Terris Day with prayer along with countless others who will be remembering Terri on this day.
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your decision-maker could mean the difference between life and (a horrendous and painful)death! My heart broke for Terri because I watched her life being taken from her and could do nothing to stop it. She rest in peace now and we will never forget - mans inhumanity to man!
That's true, but it shouldn't be. All of our rights should be protected, not just those of us without a Michael Schiavo in our lives. Our right to life is absolute. Our ability to exercise that right should not be revoked just because we're disabled and/or married to a serial killer.
What a shame she is burdened forever with the name of her creep husband, Schiavo.
May the murderer never have a night’s rest here on earth or hereafter for what he did to Terri and her loving family.
Terri’s story horrified me as it unfolded in the news. I could not understand how the murderer got away with torturing this woman to death when she had her parents, who wanted to care for her at no expense of any kind to him.
She was dead long before the body stopped breathing.
He boasts about what he did as she was being tortured to death:
"That evening the hospice ordered pizza and salad for us and the police, and for several hours, Brian [Schiavo], Debbie [Bushnell], George [Felos] and I camped in the room with Terri whose breathing was becoming more labored. George and Brian pulled some chairs together and kind of put their feet up, and we waited."
-- Terri: The Truth, pg. 314
He bragged to Larry King that he did the same thing to his own parents.
I feel sorry for his children. They have no choice in the matter. I used to feel sorry for Jodi, but after her own mother died mysteriously in their home, and Jodi chose to subject her children to that psychopath, I think she deserves whatever he does to her. But those children don’t.
That’s incredibly disgusting. Did they really eat in front of the starving woman? How many times? Pizza is very aromatic, and that must have been horrible for her. Did they listen to her pleas for water while they were drinking too? Just ugh.
She died six years ago today.
Anyone who supports murder has no soul, and is therefor dead.
I’m sure that’s why they chose pizza. I can’t think of any food that would permeate the room with nearly that much aroma.
That’s really disgusting.
Father Frank Pavone spoke about that...
On March 30, 2005, Terri Schiavo had her last full day of life on this earth. I spent her last night by her side, praying with her, reading Scripture to her, and assuring her of the love of so many of you. Terri had not received a drop of water in nearly two weeks. As I reached out my hand to touch hers, I could also reach it out to touch the vase of flowers that was next to her. And that vase was filled with water. The flowers were nourished; Terri was deprived of nourishment. Court orders saw to it that none of us could give her some of the water that nourished the flowers. In a culture of death, law is divorced from humanity, and we are all victimized in the process.
Mikey grabbed his vile friends and they partied while she lie there suffering. They laughed and that was probably when he had the pizza party. One of those who got in to “see Terri” was a CARNY WORKER who was very threatening outside on the lawn. He came out and said “We got to see Terri” as if she was a carnival sideshow.
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