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  • Bobby Schindler: Media Attacks Against Terri Schiavo, Schindler Family Continue Five Years Later

    05/19/2010 4:08:47 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 570+ views
    Life News ^ | 5/19/10 | Bobby Schindler
    LifeNews.com Note: Bobby Schindler is the brother of Terri Schiavo and he and his family now work for the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation to help disabled and incapacitated patients like her. As you know, it's been over five years that we all lived through the barbarism of Terri's death. And since Terri died, our family has been astonished to the extent that her brain injury has been the focus of repeated mean-spirited media attacks. If that wasn't enough, the work of Terri's Foundation is now being included in these attacks!In our last E-Newsletter we informed you about what happened on...
  • Terri Schiavo's Ex-Husband Michael Threatens to Sue Her Family Over Foundation

    05/03/2010 4:17:02 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 70 replies · 1,469+ views
    Life News ^ | 5/3/10 | Steven Ertelt
    St. Petersburg, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Terri Schiavo's name could be back in court, but this time for a different reason. Her former husband says he is considering a lawsuit against her family because they started a foundation in her name to assist other disabled who may be deprived of their legal rights and medical care. The foundation was once named Terri's Fight and existed before Terri's death, which saw Michael Schiavo starve and dehydrate her to death over 13 days after winning a court order to take her life.The Schindler family -- Terri's mother and father and brother and sister...
  • Media Attack on the Schiavo Foundation: Let’s Make Disability Go Away

    05/02/2010 10:15:05 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 310+ views
    Disability Matters ^ | 5/2/10 | Dr. Mark Mostert
    Killing defenseless people with disabilities is not very difficult. They can’t fight back and, in many instances, either they have no advocates, or those advocates are overwhelmed in the unrelenting drumbeat for death.It’s this latter point that Terri Schiavo’s family has had to live with since her untimely and completely unnecessary legal execution in 2005.They fought as hard as they could, and were helped by many people who knew how dangerous the situation was. There were several disability organizations as well as faith-based groups who all saw that what was happening, and then did happen to Terri.They all knew that...
  • Wesley J. Smith: I Stand in Solidarity With the Schindlers Against Sleazy Media Attack

    05/02/2010 10:09:26 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 557+ views
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 5/1/10 | Wesley J. Smith
    Michael Schiavo has threatened to sue Terri Schiavo’s family because they named their non profit after her–the “Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation.”  (MS claims he owns the name. ) And, true to form, an ever compliant media fronted his cause with an unfair attack on the family.  From the story: Schiavo’s widower, Michael Schiavo, says the family should be ashamed of what they are doing. He adds if Terri ever knew this was happening she’d be horrified. Michael Schiavo is talking about the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation. While Terri Schiavo’s brother Bobby says the organization is set up to help...
  • Terri And "The Machine"

    04/12/2010 4:11:26 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies · 543+ views
    4/12/10 | Self
    "A staunch advocate of every child's right to be born, I was pro-life enough for the RTL folks to adopt Piper as their poster child, but I wasn't politically connected enough for the state GOP machine to allow the organization to endorse me in early campaigns" Sarah Palin-"Going Rogue" pages 2-3 Its a little paragraph, but to me one of the best in Sarah Palin's book. Sarah tells me something I've known about for a number of years, that the major established pro-life organizations in this country led by the National Right To Life Committee and its state affiliates like...
  • Gone But Not Forgotten

    04/05/2010 7:16:33 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 164+ views
    American Journalism Center ^ | April 5, 2010 | Melissa Barnhart
    Gone But Not Forgotten Melissa Barnhart, April 5, 2010 The Family Research Council commemorated the fifth anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo by hosting a panel discussion, “Terri Schiavo and a Culture of Life: Looking Forward on the Anniversary of Terri’s Death,” in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 29. Terri died from dehydration at age 41, on March 31, 2005, 13 days after Judge George W. Greer of the Sixth Judicial Court in Pinellas County, Fla., ordered that her feeding tube be removed. FRC’s four-person panel included David Gibbs III, lead attorney in Terri’s case and author of the...
  • Euthanasia and the culture of death

    04/04/2010 12:30:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 587+ views
    The Hamilton Spectator ^ | 3/25/10 | Paul Kokoski
    The House of Commons is currently considering Bill C-384, a bill that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. This bill -- a private member's bill scheduled for further debate and a vote on first reading sometime in May -- should be rejected by every member of parliament. Shortly before the passing of severely handicapped Terri Schiavo in Florida in 2005, whose death was hastened by a U.S. court order to remove her feeding tube, Patrick J. Buchanan wrote: "That there arose a national outcry at the execution of Schiavo -- so loud Congress and president Bush heard it and came...
  • Terri’s Ordeal and the Schindlers’ Example

    04/03/2010 1:07:07 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 564+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 3/31/10 | Wendy Wright
    Some say there is no greater pain than a parent losing a child. So imagine watching for weeks as your disabled child is deliberately and slowly killed. Her excruciating death is by neglect — failing to feed or give her water. Any parent who stood by and allowed that to happen would be criminally charged and excoriated by the media and every decent person. But what if you were forbidden to help her? And what if a judge even ordered police to arrest anyone who put even a drop of water on her lips? March 31st marks the anniversary...
  • Concert to Support Terri Schiavo Foundation Has Randy Travis, Collin Raye

    04/02/2010 1:12:50 PM PDT · by julieee · 3 replies · 261+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 2, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Concert to Support Terri Schiavo Foundation Has Randy Travis, Collin Raye Indianapolis, FL (LifeNews.com) -- The family of Terri Schiavo, the disabled woman whose husband killed her by depriving her of food and water, will sponsor a benefit concert to raise funds for its foundation to help other patients like her. The show will feature popular country music recording artists Randy Travis and Collin Raye. http://LifeNews.com/bio3083.html
  • Terri Schiavo's Family Boycotts Fox's Family Guy Sponsors After Attack

    04/01/2010 10:10:48 AM PDT · by julieee · 14 replies · 672+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | August 1, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Terri Schiavo's Family Boycotts Fox's Family Guy Sponsors After Attack New York, NY -- The family of Terri Schiavo has officially launched a new boycott of the sponsors of the Fox program "The Family Guy" after the show mocked Terri's death just days before the fifth anniversary of it. The program included a satire titled "Terri Schiavo: The Musical." http://www.lifenews.com/bio3082.html
  • Five Years Later, Pro-Life Leaders Remember Terri Schiavo's Murder

    03/31/2010 3:38:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 264+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/31/10 | Kathleen Gilbert
    PINELLAS PARK, Florida, March 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On the fifth anniversary of the court-ordered death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo, Terri’s family, pro-life leaders and anti-euthanasia advocates have united to call attention to the silent abuse of people with disabilities, and the new dangers posed by the recently-passed federal health care reform legislation.The Christian Defense Coalition, Faith and Action and Generation Life announced they will pray and leave a single rose on the public sidewalk in front of the Pennsylvania Ave. NW side of the White House to commemorate Terri's death. The groups also reminded...
  • Pro-Life Advocates Remember Terri Schiavo Five Years After Euthanasia Death

    03/31/2010 9:17:24 AM PDT · by julieee · 12 replies · 341+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | March 31, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-Life Advocates Remember Terri Schiavo Five Years After Euthanasia Death Washington, DC -- Five years after Terri Schiavo died as a result of a painful starvation and dehydration euthanasia death her former husband subjected her to, pro-life advocates haven't forgotten. If anything, they are pushing forward with plans to do more to help the disabled and terminally ill. http://www.LifeNews.com/bio3079.html
  • Terri's Day': We Must Mourn, Pray and Act. Terri Schiavo, Martyr of the Culture of Death

    03/31/2010 7:00:13 AM PDT · by tcg · 17 replies · 287+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/31/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ....Terri was not dying. She was not receiving any "extraordinary medical treatment." She was being fed and given water, as many disabled people are at this very moment, with assistance. She had trouble swallowing because she was disabled by damage to her brain. She would have lived for many, many years, bringing great joy to her family and changing the world. But she was killed by the complete abject failure of a system that has lost its soul. The Greek word for "witness" is "martyrion". In our use of the word over centuries of Christian history, we have emphasized those...
  • Father Frank Pavone: March 31 Is Terri's Day

    03/31/2010 5:25:34 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 409+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 3/31/10 | Father Frank Pavone
    Five years since the court-ordered murder of Terri Schindler Schiavo, I can still see the vase of flowers next to her bedside. The vase was filled with water, keeping the beautiful blooms resplendent. Terri had gone 13 days without water or food. She was literally withering before our eyes in the hours before her death. Her dying was not a peaceful and gentle process. In all my years as a priest, I had never seen anything like this. Her face showed emotions of terror combined with sadness. She died in a Florida hospice on March 31, five years ago.Wednesday...
  • Remembering Terri Schiavo: A Five-Year Anniversary Marked By Cruel Bigotry

    03/31/2010 5:10:34 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 229 replies · 1,502+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3/31/10 | Bobby Schindler
    March 31st will mark the five-year anniversary of the needless death of my sister, Terri Schiavo. It is difficult to believe this much time has passed since that horrible event which will be forever seared into my memory. I wish I could say things have changed for the better since my sister’s death or that people with cognitive disabilities are now better protected in response to the horror she had to endure. Tragically, however, it seems the rights of the brain-injured, elderly and others are still being violated. All one has to do is look at what happened just last...
  • Remembering Terri Schiavo: What About Michael?

    03/31/2010 1:01:24 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 39 replies · 1,295+ views
    3/31/10 | Self
    "Michael Schiavo would probably say that many of the people I have quoted in the last three chapters are lying. I find this difficult to believe, as different people who never knew one another say the same things about him. It is abundantly clear that as soon as he received the medical malpractice award, Michael Schiavo began a relentless campaign to end Terri's life. While she was alive, her trust was used to pay her medical bills and the legal fees generated by the effort to end her life. Once she died, he would inherit whatever was left. He would...
  • Faith Leaders to Honor Terri Schiavo in Front of the White House on the 5th Anniversary of Her Death

    03/30/2010 7:27:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies · 376+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 3/30/10 | Christian Newswire
    Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, 540-538-4741, 202-547-1735 WASHINGTON, March 30 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Christian Defense Coalition, Faith and Action and Generation Life will pray and leave a single rose on the public sidewalk in front of the White House. (On the Pennsylvania Ave. NW side.) The leaders will also hold a news conference to discuss the legacy of Terri's life and death and the impact it has on the current healthcare debate concerning end of life issues and the controversy over "death panels." The prayer and news conference will be held on Wednesday, March 31, at 11:00 A.M. on...
  • Sanity And Sobriety To Save Terri

    03/30/2010 12:57:11 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies · 925+ views
    3/30/2010 | Self
    Its tough to say "I was wrong." I was not sane or sober five years ago when Terri Schiavo died and that crippled my ability to respond to her need. I am ashamed to say that five years ago I was useless to my family, hurting my ability to do my work and just plain unable to clearly think and act to save the life of another human being. Thank God someone else was sane and sober. From the moment Michael Schiavo relentlessly pushed to take Terri's life and her family sought help, one man who was pursuing a sane...
  • Maria Vitale: Abortion's Slippery Slope Led to Killing Terri Schiavo, We Must Never Forget

    03/29/2010 4:00:25 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 333+ views
    Life News ^ | 3/29/10 | Maria Vitale
    LifeNews.com Note: Maria Vitale is an opinion columnist for LifeNews.com. She is the Public Relations Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and Vitale has written and reported for various broadcast and print media outlets, including National Public Radio, CBS Radio, and AP Radio. I'll never forget where I was when I heard the awful news that Terri Schiavo had died. I was on vacation, spending spring break with my daughter. And, while I relished the time I had with my little one, there was a sense of sadness, knowing that far away in Florida, a woman was being dehydrated and...
  • March 31 Marks Fifth Annual National Memorial for 'Terri’s Day'

    03/29/2010 10:52:41 AM PDT · by topher · 10 replies · 382+ views
    Monday March 29, 2010 March 31 Marks Fifth Annual National Memorial for 'Terri’s Day' NAPLES, Florida, March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Friends of Terri Schiavo are calling on the pro-life community to commemorate her murder by dehydration and starvation on March 31, the anniversary of her death, by learning more about Terri's story and praying for other vulnerable individuals at risk of a similar fate.Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, will be the celebrant and homilist at the Annual National Mass for Terri’s Day, Wednesday night, March 31 at the Ave Maria Oratory of Ave Maria...
  • The Despicable "Family Guy" Hate Piece

    03/26/2010 6:04:47 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 79 replies · 1,576+ views
    Human Life International ^ | 3-26-10 | Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    The Despicable "Family Guy" Hate PieceFew things have ever moved me to rage as deeply as the injustice of the judicial execution of our beloved Terri Schindler Schiavo in 2005. The drama leading up to her unwarranted killing had all the barbarism of the brutal war on unborn babies with all its deceitful propaganda and murderous manipulation. Of course we expect that this is the way pagan killers operate, but we don't have to sit back and let it take over our culture. As we approach the 5th anniversary of Terri's death on March 31st, we now face a new...
  • 'Family Guy' Stages 'Terri Schiavo: The Musical' for Laughs

    03/23/2010 8:09:43 AM PDT · by Bean74 · 15 replies · 652+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | March 22, 2010 | Colleen Raezler
    Seth MacFarlane marked the five-year-anniversary of Terri Schiavo's court-ordered death by staging a preschool musical about it in his crass FOX cartoon, "Family Guy." MacFarlane denied Schiavo human dignity in the March 21 episode by referring to her in lyrics sung by cartoon preschoolers as "the most expensive plant you'll ever see" and a "vegetable," and noted "her mashed potato brains." The child who played the role of Schiavo's husband, Michael, ultimately concluded, "There's only one solution, it's in the Constitution, we've got to pull the plug." Schiavo died on March 31, 2005, after her parents fought numerous legal battles,...
  • 'Family Guy' Stages 'Terri Schiavo: The Musical' for Laughs

    03/23/2010 2:51:27 AM PDT · by Rastus · 62 replies · 1,752+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 3/22/10 | Colleen Raezler
    Seth MacFarlane marked the five-year-anniversary of Terri Schiavo's court-ordered death by staging a preschool musical about it in his crass FOX cartoon, "Family Guy." MacFarlane denied Schiavo human dignity in the March 21 episode by referring to her in lyrics sung by cartoon preschoolers as "the most expensive plant you'll ever see" and a "vegetable," and noted "her mashed potato brains." The child who played the role of Schiavo's husband, Michael, ultimately concluded, "There's only one solution, it's in the Constitution, we've got to pull the plug." Schiavo died on March 31, 2005, after her parents fought numerous legal battles,...
  • Terri Schiavo Leaves Hospital, Family Files Lawsuit

    08/22/2003 1:06:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 462+ views
    LifeNews.com | August 22, 2003 | Steven Ertelt
    Clearweater, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Terri Schiavo has left the hospital she entered following reports she was coughing up blood. However, her family still says it doesn't have any answers about her medical condition because her husband, Michael, is violating a court order and refusing to disclose the information. His actions prompted family members to file a motion instructing him to release the latest information to them. A 1996 court order requires Michael Schiavo to make medical information available to Terri’s parents. Bob and Mary Schindler, Terri's parents, and her siblings have been involved in a long, drawn-out legal battle with...
  • Bobby Schindler: New Findings Cast Increasing Doubt on Schiavo’s Death

    02/19/2010 4:12:31 PM PST · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 691+ views
    CNS News ^ | 2/18/10 | Bobby Schindler
    Terri Schiavo and her mother   During my family's battle to save my sister Terri Schiavo from death by dehydration, a tremendous amount of debate raged over whether or not she was in what the medical profession refers to as a persistent vegetative state (PVS).  Indeed, the PVS diagnosis was used as one of the deciding factors in whether my sister should live or die. It was the core catalyst in the court ordering the removal of Terri’s food and water. When Terri’s husband first petitioned the circuit courts to remove her sustenance, my family was naive about PVS and...
  • Terri Schiavo’s death and new findings may rally life defenders

    02/19/2010 6:07:22 AM PST · by Kfobbs · 53 replies · 851+ views
    Ann Arbor Examiner ^ | February 18, 2010 | Kevin Fobbs
    To say that the purposeful murder of an innocent human being is tragic would be truthful, right? To murder an innocent woman who was taken from the bosom of her family was wrong. To have it done with the self-serving suspect-expedient reasoning used by Michael Schiavo’s medical authorities in state of Florida and political anti-life activists in Washington and across the nation was shame before God. In cities like Ann Arbor, Cleveland, Boston, St. Louis and many others, faith leaders as well as followers of the pro-life movement can be buoyed by the news of a recent published medical study...
  • St. Petersburg Beach has special day for coma victim

    02/17/2010 7:51:39 PM PST · by BykrBayb · 18 replies · 436+ views
    St. Petersburg Times (via Google archives) ^ | February 17, 1991 | Times Staff Writer
    This city has proclaimed today Terri Schiavo day. Last year Mrs. Schiavo, 27, suffered a loss of potassium in her body that caused her heart to stop beating and resulted in a coma. She underwent surgery, performed by Dr. Yoshio Hosobudhi of the University of California at San Francisco in December, to implant a stimulator in her brain. The brain stimulator implant was a success, said her husband, Mike. Mrs. Schiavo is slowly emerging from the coma at the Mediplex Medical Center, a neurological care center in Bradenton, he said. She will undergo at least a year of speech, occupational...
  • Ken Connor: Taking Care of People, Not Problems

    02/13/2010 1:03:29 PM PST · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 483+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 2/13/10 | Ken Connor
    Three years ago, the medical community was stunned when Rom Houben―diagnosed to have been in a persistent vegetative state since a horrific car crash in 1983―was discovered to be fully conscious and aware. Unable to speak or communicate, he’d lived as a prisoner in his own body for over two decades. Doctors had performed test after test, concluding repeatedly that Houben’s consciousness was “extinct.” It took 23 years for technology to prove that the opposite was true: Houben’s brain was not dead, and his consciousness was not extinct. “I shall never forget the day when they discovered what was...
  • Wesley J. Smith: The Schindlers Were Right to Insist on Tests for Terri

    02/07/2010 10:45:40 AM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 572+ views
    First Things/Seconhand Smoke ^ | 2/4/10 | Wesley J Smith
    Full disclosure: I am very close with the Schindler family. (Terri’s siblings and mother. Her father Bob died last year, his health destroyed by grief over what happened to his beloved daughter.) They are as good and decent as people get. I know the lawyer who represented them for most of the case. She’s honest and true. I know Fr. Frank Pavone. Agree or disagree with his strong pro life positions, he has integrity. I have talked with several people who spent a lot of time with Terri Schiavo. All told me she could react, particularly, that she could hear and...
  • ‘Stop dehydration deaths,’ says Terri Schiavo’s brother in response to new brain scan

    02/05/2010 4:01:24 PM PST · by wagglebee · 139 replies · 2,196+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/4/10 | Catholic News Agency
    St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb 4, 2010 / 08:32 pm (CNA).- Reacting to news of a breakthrough in brain scanning technology, Terri Schiavo's brother Bobby Schindler is calling for a halt to removing hydration from brain-damaged patients who are thought to be in a persistent vegetative state. An “unscientific, inaccurate” diagnosis of unresponsive patients is being used as “a criterion to kill,” Schindler charged. Schindler was responding to news that researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Ličge have used a technique called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to map a patient’s brain activity while he was...
  • Biothicist Wesley J. Smith: New Brain Study Has Bearing on Terri Schiavo Case

    02/04/2010 3:51:42 PM PST · by wagglebee · 35 replies · 643+ views
    Life News ^ | 2/4/10 | Steven Ertelt
    London, England (LifeNews.com) -- Top bioethicist Wesley J. Smith says the new study showing active brain activity in patients who are supposedly in a vegetative state or a minimally conscious state has a bearing on the Terri Schiavo case. He says the judge who allowed her husband to kill her should have ordered similar tests.The study found that patients in such unconscious states were able to respond mentally to yes and no questions by thinking of different things that activate brain activity in certain areas.The patients showed they were very aware because they could answer all sorts of personal...
  • Study Finds Cognition in Vegetative Patients

    02/04/2010 5:25:31 AM PST · by wagglebee · 25 replies · 430+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/4/10 | Amy Dockser Marcus
    In a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, four of 23 patients diagnosed as being in a vegetative state showed signs of consciousness on brain-imaging tests. Even more significantly, one patient was able to answer yes and no questions using the researchers' technique—indicating the potential for communication with people previously considered unresponsive. Researchers at two centers, in England and Belgium, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests on 54 patients with severe brain injury. Of these patients, 31 were diagnosed as being in a minimally conscious state, meaning they showed intermittent signs of awareness such as...
  • Terri Schiavo’s Brother Says the Press Is Still Lying About His Sister

    01/24/2010 4:07:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 278 replies · 3,009+ views
    cnsnews.com ^ | Friday, January 22, 2010 | Pete Winn
    Terri Schiavo’s Brother Says the Press Is Still Lying About His SisterFriday, January 22, 2010 By Pete Winn, Senior Writer/Editor Protestor outside Terry Schiavo's hospital. (AP photo) (CNSNews.com) -- It’s been nearly five years since his sister, Terri Schindler Schiavo, was starved and dehydrated to death, and Bobby Schindler says the mainstream press is still “telling lies” about her.   "It’s still being misreported by the mainstream media,” Schindler told CNSNews.com Thursday. “There’s things that are being said that were simply not true." “They refer to Terri as being brain dead,” Schindler said of news accounts. “I see that all...
  • Sarah Palin, Tea Parties and Death Panels In 2010

    01/09/2010 6:00:45 PM PST · by Kfobbs · 1 replies · 455+ views
    The Examiner ^ | January 9, 2010 | Kevin Fobbs
    Sarah Palin, the numerous Tea party patriots, and last summer’s warnings of potential unrepentant death panels taking hold of life-and-death medical decisions stirred up a nation and brought focus to one of the most important issues of our past decade. That is who determines our quality of life? What about at the last stage of our life or even at its beginning? Should it be the government, hospital staff, or anyone else beside ourselves? These issues must be addressed in the new decade as well. For example, it has been nearly five years since Terri Schindler Schiavo, an innocent and...
  • Wesley J. Smith: Case of Rom Houben Should Prompt Renewed Look at Terri Schiavo's Death

    12/26/2009 6:22:59 PM PST · by wagglebee · 111 replies · 2,461+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/24/09 | Wesley J. Smith
    LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His most recent book is the Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World. This opinion column originally appeared in the Church Report.Terri Schiavo continues to prick our collective conscience, our sensitivity to the way she died -- deprived of all food and water, even the balm of ice chips for nearly two weeks -- as raw today as on the day she drew her last breath five years ago next March. Usually, the trauma remains...
  • Schiavo's brother backs local woman's custody fight (Gary Harvey)

    12/20/2009 11:20:56 AM PST · by wagglebee · 24 replies · 737+ views
    The Corning Leader ^ | 12/15/09 | John Zick
    Elmira, N.Y. - Bobby Schindler watched his sister die in one of the most publicized end-of-life cases in the nation’s history. Now, he’s hoping a similar case in Chemung County has a different ending. Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo, was in Elmira Monday to show his support for Sara Harvey, who is attempting to regain custody of her injured husband, Gary Harvey. “We’re trying to support her efforts to bring her husband home,” Schindler said. Chemung County is the guardian of Gary Harvey, who has been in a persistent vegetative state since he fell down his basement steps in...
  • Wesley J. Smith: The Long Awakening - A Belgian case revives the Schiavo decision

    12/05/2009 2:18:12 PM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 880+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/14/09 | Wesley J. Smith
    The case of Terri Schiavo--who died five years ago next March, deprived for nearly two weeks of food and water, even the balm of ice chips--continues to prick consciences. That may be one reason the case of Rom Houben, a Belgian man who was misdiagnosed for 23 years as being in a persistent vegetative state, is now receiving international attention. In 1983, Houben suffered catastrophic head injuries in an automobile accident. He arrived at the hospital unconscious. Doctors eventually concluded that his case was hopeless, and his family was told he would never waken. But the Houben family, like...
  • Belgian Case Reignites 'Brain Dead' Debate as Catholics Order Force Feedings

    11/28/2009 4:36:46 PM PST · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 1,117+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11/25/09 | Susan Donaldson James
    The family of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who was artificially kept alive for 15 years, say they feel both heartbreak and vindication over the news this week that a Belgian man thought to be in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) was fully conscious for two decades. Schiavo, who had been diagnosed with a profound brain injury, was at the center of a seven-year legal tug-of-war that involved Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court and even President George W. Bush before a judge granted her husband the right to allow her to die in 2005. In a strikingly similar case...
  • Humans are never vegetables

    11/28/2009 4:25:51 PM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 913+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | 11/28/09 | Calgary Herald
    If Rom Houben's case proves anything, it is the arrogance of those who think they can pronounce upon the state of a patient's consciousness, and determine his subsequent fate--when humility should force them to admit they cannot possibly know what that patient may be experiencing. Houben is the Belgian man who spent 23 years misdiagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state when he was actually conscious and suffering from locked-in syndrome as the result of an auto accident. Locked-in syndrome means the individual is paralyzed, but retains full consciousness. The misdiagnosis was discovered thanks to state-of-the-art brain scanning technology...
  • Commentary: The Significance of that Case of the Man Trapped in a "Coma" for 23 Years

    11/24/2009 3:59:48 PM PST · by wagglebee · 22 replies · 1,141+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/24/09 | Alex Schadenberg
    By Alex Schadenberg, Chairman, Euthanasia Prevention CoalitionNovember 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Many people will have read the story of Rom Houben, the Belgium man who was diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state (PVS) for 23 years, but who in fact had a condition known as Locked-in Syndrome. A person in locked-in syndrome is fully aware of all of their surroundings and they hear and remember the conversations that take place around them, but due to their cognitive disability they are unable to respond.The case of Rom Houben is significant given that many bioethicists are attempting to redefine...
  • During Baltimore assembly, bishops to consider revised directives on withdrawal of food, water

    10/31/2009 4:31:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 107 replies · 3,740+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 10/30/09 | Nancy Frazier O’Brien
    WASHINGTON – A proposed revision to the directives that guide Catholic heath care facilities would clarify that patients with chronic conditions who are not imminently dying should receive food and water by “medically assisted” means if they cannot take them normally. “As a general rule, there is an obligation to provide patients with food and water, including medically assisted nutrition and hydration for those who cannot take food orally,” says the revised text of the “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services” proposed by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine. “This obligation extends to patients in chronic conditions...
  • Phoenix bishop offers new document on artificial nutrition, hydration

    09/20/2009 1:41:25 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies · 757+ views
    CatholicSpirit.com ^ | 9/16/09 | Joyce Coronel - Catholic News Service
    Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix issued a new document in September to help Catholics make tough decisions concerning artificially administered nutrition and hydration that are consistent with church teaching. Titled "Directives for Catholics Concerning Artificially Administered Nutrition and Hydration," the document specifically addresses providing artificial hydration and nutrition for those facing illness who require artificial assistance. It comes at a time when the faithful have questions about their obligations vis-a-vis end-of-life issues, said Father John Ehrich, an expert in bioethics who serves on the ethics committee at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. "People have a desire...
  • Never Tire to Protect Innocents Like Terri Schindler Schiavo

    09/16/2009 1:19:07 PM PDT · by Kfobbs · 7 replies · 605+ views
    Hearken The Watchmen ^ | 9/16/09 | Kevin Fobbs
    Five years ago the beginning of the end of Terri Schindler Schiavo’s life was transforming America into two battle camps, which fought bitterly over to preserve the life of who Terri’s father Robert Schindler told me he lovingly called his angel, Terri or to let government let her be starved to death. Yet after five years should America just simply move on? Would you simply move on if it were your child who suddenly was incapacitated and went through Terri Schiavo’s experience? It is an interesting question because there are those in the media and even probably in your office,...
  • Bob Schindler: A pro-Life hero

    09/12/2009 4:38:04 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 1,118+ views
    MarkPickup.org ^ | 9/11/09 | Mark Pickup
    I received a telephone call telling me a friend died of a heart attack. His name was Bob Schindler. His death certificate may say he died of cardiac arrest but those of us who knew Bob know he really died of a broken heart. I first met Bob, his wife Mary and their son Bobby in 2001 while I was in Charlotte, North Carolina to deliver the keynote address at the U.S. National Right to Life Prayer Breakfast. Bob and MaryÂ’s daughter was Terri Schiavo. They approached me to ask for help to save Terri from being starved and...
  • A father I'd want on my side (Robert Schindler, Sr. - Father of the late Terri Schiavo)

    09/02/2009 4:50:55 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 136 replies · 4,615+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 9/1/09 | Joni B. Hannigan
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--I envied Terri Schiavo for her father, Bob. There were times I thought: What a waste, she doesn't know how good she has it. Not like it was her fault, but if only she knew. But of course she knew. From all the firsthand accounts and the vivid description of my friend David Gibbs, the attorney who fought for the right of Bob Schindler's daughter to live, Terri herself knew what it was like to feel the whiskered face of her father rough up against her cheek and tickle her until she smiled. She knew when he...
  • Fr. Pavone Mourns Passing of Robert Schindler, Sr.

    08/30/2009 8:46:31 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 1,323+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 8/29/09 | Father Frank Pavone
    Contact: Margaret, Priests for Life, 888-735-3448 ext. 251   STATEN ISLAND, NY, Aug. 29 /Christian Newswire/ -- Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today issued the following statement on the passing of Robert Schindler, Sr., father of Terri Schiavo.   "Bob Schindler remains an inspiration. In spite of enduring the heartbreaking, court ordered killing of his daughter, Terry Schiavo, Bob never stopped fighting for the rights of others who were disabled or medically vulnerable. His quiet strength in the face of persecution and his compassion for those who were too weak to defend themselves will forever serve as examples...
  • Family's Statement on Passing of Father of Terri Schiavo, Robert Schindler Sr

    08/29/2009 12:24:07 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies · 1,614+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 8/29/09 | Schindler Family
    Contact: Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, 727-490-7603   ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 29 /Christian Newswire/ -- The family of Robert Schindler, Sr. releases the following statement:   Robert S. Schindler, Sr., of Gulfport, Florida, father of the late Terri Schindler Schiavo, passed away August 29, 2009 from heart failure at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.   Robert fought valiantly to save the life of his brain-injured daughter Terri in the landmark right to life case that culminated in her imposed death by court-ordered starvation and thirst on March 31, 2005. After Terri's death, along with his wife Mary, daughter...
  • American hero Bob Schindler goes to be with the LORD

    08/29/2009 9:15:01 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 65 replies · 1,886+ views
    AIPNEWS.com ^ | August 29, 2009
    Patriarch Bob Schindler has passed awayjillstanek.com Jill Stanek I just received the sad new from Schindler family friend Bro. Paul O'Donnell that family patriarch Bob Schindler passed away early this morning in a FL hospital. Bob was 72 years old and died of heart failure. His health had been deteriorating somewhat, but his death was still unexpected. He was admitted to the hospital only yesterday complaining of shortness of breath. I'm so sad for this dear family, who has endured so much. Bro. Paul told me Bob was never quite the same after Terri was killed by denial of hydration...
  • Terri Schiavo's Father Robert Schindler Dies, Pro-Life Group Mourns His Death

    08/29/2009 10:01:17 AM PDT · by julieee · 21 replies · 802+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | August 29, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Terri Schiavo's Father Robert Schindler Dies, Pro-Life Group Mourns His Death St. Petersburg, FL -- Robert Schindler, the father of Terri Schiavo, whose former husband subjected her to a painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death, died overnight. Schindler, 72, had been battling health issues and he died of apparent heart failure. http://www.LifeNews.com/bio2943.html
  • Terri Schiavo's Brother Condemns Pro-Euthanasia Veterans End-of-Life Guide

    08/26/2009 4:11:19 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 798+ views
    Life News ^ | 8/26/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The brother of Terri Schiavo, the disabled woman whose former husband subjected her to a painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death, is speaking out against a guide the Obama administration is distributing to veterans that critics say promotes euthanasia and assisted suicide.The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently promoting a guide called "Your Life, Your Choices" that was first published in the Clinton administration.The VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care brought back a 52-page end-of-life planning document that was suspended during the Bush administration.A worksheet on page 21 lists various scenarios and asks...