Terri Schiavo’s Father Calls Husband’s Decision to Exit Lawsuit a Ploy

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 29, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Father Calls Husband’s Decision to Exit Lawsuit a Ploy Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 29, 2004

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo’s father has his doubts about recent comments from the lead attorney for her estranged husband Michael who says he is vacating the ongoing legal battle over whether starving Terri to death violates her religious liberties.

In an interview this week, Michael Schiavo’s lead attorney George Felos, a euthanasia advocate, confirmed speculation that has existed for two months that Michael will drop out of that case.

"There is no prospect of finality,” Felos told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

"They (the appeals court) allow the Schindlers to attack the judgment no matter how frivolous," Felos told AP. "The only way the case can end is if the Schindlers stop attacking the final judgment or the court says no more stays. Until then we are just going to be on this revolving door.”

But, Terri’s father Bob Schindler tells LifeNews.com the comments are nothing more than a "deceptive strategy."

"Everything Felos says or does is to reinforce his efforts to kill Terri Schiavo and further the cause of his euthanasia agenda," Schindler said.

Felos has informed the 2nd District Court of Appeal that he is not responding to the motion the Schindlers filed appealing a judge’s decision throwing out their religious liberties argument.

While he is saying Michael will no longer oppose the motion, Schindler tells LifeNews.com that Felos is using the media to further their attempts to take Terri’s life.

"Make no mistake, Felos is using the media to send a message to the Appellate Courts in an attempt to gain their empathy in his personal pursuit of ending Terri’s life," Schindler explained.

Bob and Mary Schindler are asking the courts to declare that removing Terri’s feeding tube and causing her death would be a violation of her First Amendment religious liberties.

The Schindlers say such an action would contravene Terri’s Catholic faith and that recent statements by Pope John Paul II confirm the church’s strong opposition to euthanasia.

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