Terri Schindler’s Brother Tells Pro-Lifers Euthanasia Advocates Promote Death

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 3, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schindler’s Brother Tells Pro-Lifers Euthanasia Advocates Promote Death

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 3, 2004

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — At its convention prayer breakfast, the National Right to Life Committee honored Terri Schiavo and her brother, Bobby Schindler, Jr., told a crowd of hundreds that pro-euthanasia groups are promoting death and are a threat to society.

"It wasn’t until this experience with my sister that I saw this unrelenting determination to have her killed," Schindler said. "I never realized how insidious these death groups are."

Schindler said that, before the years-long legal battle to save Terri’s life began, he thought only of abortion when it came to the movement to support death. His only thoughts of euthanasia were of Nazi Germany and the genocide that happened there.

"I never thought it could happen again – especially in this country," Schindler, a teacher at a Catholic school in Tampa, Florida, said.

Terri’s brother told the crowd that groups promoting the so-called "right" to die have previously "stayed unnoticed from the public, preferring to work behind the scenes to advance their agenda."

However, with the media focus on Terri Schiavo increasing, they are out front and "doing everything they [can] in the media to represent her as a non person."

"We saw how powerful and how much these people have infiltrated the media… attacking [Florida Governor Jeb] Bush and anyone who is supporting life," he explained. "My sister has fallen victim to their agenda."

Bobby said the Terri Schiavo case has been labeled the "Roe v. Wade" of euthanasia. However, he was taken aback when advocates of euthanasia said Terri’s case was one of only tens of thousands of similar situations across the country.

Schindler explained that Dr. William Hammesfahr, a Nobel prize nominated neurologist, examined Terri and said that, besides eating and drinking on her own, he believes Terri would be able to talk and have good use of one arm and one hand should be given proper rehabilitative treatment.

Hammesfahr also said he thought Terri would eventually be able to transfer herself from a wheelchair to a bed.

"There I no doctor on this planet that will ever convince me that Terri is unaware or that her responses are just reflexes," Bobby Schindler said. "It breaks my hart that we have to sit there and are not able to anything to help her."

However, Terri’s estranged husband, Michael, who is living with another woman and already has two children with her, has denied Terri any rehabilitative care – even though he won a significant medical malpractice award that was supposed to be used to help Terri.

Despite the grim news that has accompanied the battle to save Terri’s life, Bobby Schindler told pro-life advocates not to give up hope.

"We will someday change the laws on abortion and euthanasia and it starts by changing hearts," he said.

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