Michael Schiavo Bars Terri’s Parents From Unsupervised Vistis

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 15, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Michael Schiavo Bars Terri’s Parents From Unsupervised Vistis

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 15, 2003

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Michael Schiavo made good on his threat to keep Terri’s mother and father from visiting her unsupervised at the hospice where she lives.

Bob Schindler, Terri’s father, revealed on Tuesday that he had smuggled a videocamera into Terri’s hospice room as the family released a new videotape they say proves Terri is responsive to them and not in a vegetative state as Michael alleges.

The videotaping violated an order by Judge George Greer mandating that Terri’s parents not take pictures or video of Terri during their unsupervised visits.

Deborah Bushnell, an attorney who represents Michael in his capacity as his wife’s legal guardian, wrote a memo to family attorney Pat Anderson saying they could no longer visit Terri "unless Mike or his authorized representative is present."

"If the Schindlers wish to visit Terri, they should call Hospice Woodside before their visit to assure that [Schiavo] or his representative is at the facility or will be there at the time of their visit," Bushnell added.

Terri’s family and pro-life groups are concerned that Michael and his attorneys will be "conveniently unavailable" to be present for visitations.

"The cruel, merciless wickedness of Michael Schiavo is only surpassed by the courts who have failed to protect his wife, Terri, from his hand," Lori Hougens, director of New York Right to Life and a Congressional lobbyist on end-of-life issues, told LifeNews.com. "Michael Schiavo wants his wife dead."

Pamela Hennessy, a representative ofthe family, told CNS News that the legal memo is "entirely senseless" and Michael’s "last attempt at cruelty."

Hennessy said Michael was attempting to ensure that Terri dies by herself.

The letter closes with a sarcastic comment urging Anderson to "please urge your clients to be courteous and considerate of the Hospice Woodside patients and staff."

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Legal memo to Terri’s parents: https://www.terrisfight.org/downloads/Bushnell%20Lttr%202%20101403.pdf