Lawyer for Terri Schiavo’s Parents Quits, Religious Rights Attorney Added

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 30, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 30, 2004

Clearwater, FL ( — The attorney who has served as the lead counsel for the last three years for Terri Schiavo’s parents stepped down this week. A new attorney who specializes in religious liberty cases will replace her as Bob and Mary Schindler focus on defending their daughter’s right to live by saying starving her would violate her religious beliefs.

On Tuesday, longtime Schindler attorney Pat Anderson vacated her position in favor of Florida lawyer David Gibbs, who is a member of the board of directors of the Christian Law Association.

"I am reclaiming my life," Anderson told the St. Petersburg Times newspaper. "It’s just time to leave. I’ve done my part shoving that rock up the hill. Maybe I’ll be able to finally sleep through the night without waking up at 3 a.m. remembering some detail."

Anderson said the change has nothing to do with a change in legal tactics or division between her and the Schindler family.

Anderson told that the Schindler family believes Gibbs will be more than capable in representing him.

"Bob [Schindler] has great confidence in David, and I wish him the best in the coming battles," Anderson said.

Gibbs got his first taste of advocating the Schindler family when he appeared with them on Larry King live on Monday night, shortly after the Florida Supreme Court struck down Terri’s Law.

Gibbs, who Anderson described as a veteran lawyer handling religious rights cases, will appear today at a hearing to tell a local judge that Terri would not want to die because withdrawing her food and water would violate her pro-life Catholic beliefs.

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