Terri Schiavo’s Parents Forced to Pay to Visit Their Daughter

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 8, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Parents Forced to Pay to Visit Their Daughter

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 8, 2004

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — In what is being a called a slap in the face just days before Mother’s Day, Mary and Bob Schindler, the mother and father of Terri Schiavo, have been told that they may visit their daughter — but only if they pay a "security fee."

Since March 29, the Schindlers have been prevented from seeing their daughter for more than a month following the discovery of puncture wounds on Terri’s arms.

The day after the incident, the Schindlers were turned away by nursing staff who told them they were acting on Michael’s orders.

That changed on Wednesday when Deborah Bushnell, one of Michael’s lawyers faxed a letter to Pat Anderson, an attorney for the Schindlers.

Bushnell said the Schindlers could visit their daughter, but only if they would agree to hire an off-duty police person to accompany them. Should Terri’s parents fail to meet the request, they would continue to be denied visitation rights.

Terri already has an off-duty police officer, paid for by Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, assigned to her on a 24-hour-a-day basis.

"By recommending that the financially strapped Schindlers may only visit Terri if they pay yet another off-duty police person to accompany them, is an effort to inhibit them from freely seeing their own daughter," Anderson responded.

Anderson said she wouldn’t be surprised if Michael and Bushnell used this as a "talking point with the media in an attempt to make her and her client appear less cruel."

"A couple of years ago, Michael Schiavo contacted Terri’s parents and offered to give the balance of Terri’s money over to charity," Anderson said.

"He and his attorneys used this a talking point for the media — claiming that Michael had no financial interest in Terri’s death. What they neglected to mention was that that particular offer was predicated upon the Schindlers agreeing to Terri’s dehydration and starvation death," Anderson explained.

"No mother should have to pay an admission fee to see her child on Mother’s Day. Perhaps Ms. Bushnell has forgotten how most people spend Mother’s Day," Anderson concluded.

Michael and his attorneys have accused the Schindlers of attempting to inject something into Terri, while the Schindlers say Terri was wearing street clothes when they visited last and hospice staff found drug paraphernalia in a medical gown when they discovered the marks.

A toxicology study concluded that no unauthorized chemicals were found in Terri’s system.

Related web sites:
Terri Schiavo’s parents – https://www.terrisfight.org