Terri Schiavo’s Parents Launch Public Campaign to Save Their Daughter

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 15, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Parents Launch Public Campaign to Save Their Daughter

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 15, 2005

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — With legal options to prevent their daughter, Terri Schiavo, from being painfully starved to death, Robert and Mary Schindler are launching a public campaign to draw attention to her plight.

The couple have asked pro-life activist Randall Terry to help them again. Terry was a key player in a previous campaign to lobby Florida lawmakers to pass Terri’s Law, eventually struck down by Florida courts.

"Our family has asked Randall Terry and his staff to once again coordinate the efforts to rescue Terri from the clutches of death by judicial homicide," Robert Schindler said.

"We ask you to help my daughter, Terri, by following Randall’s lead, and cooperating with and supporting the efforts we have asked him to undertake," Schindler added.

Terry said he and the Schindlers have devised a game plan on how to generate more public support for the woman at the center of the euthanasia controversy.

"Our plans are comprehensive, and we will attack this injustice from every possible side," Terry said Tuesday.

Those plans could include appealing to the Florida state legislature to pass a more comprehensive law requiring doctors to assume that any disabled patient without an advance directive, such as Terri, must assume the patient wants all medical and rehabilitative care to not be killed.

Rep. Dennis Baxley, a Republican from Ocala, filed such a bill, but it did not receive a vote during the last session of the Florida legislature.

"We are counting on Governor Bush and the Florida Legislature to do the right thing, and again rescue our daughter from the clutches of the court," Schindler said.

Other efforts in the new campaign include protests at the Pinellas Park hospice where Terri lives.

However, George Felos, the euthanasia advocate who is the lead attorney for Terri’s estranged husband Michael, says he doubts the new efforts will see results.

"Certainly, the Florida Legislature would have to be much more reluctant to jump into this case now," Felos told the Associated Press. "I think the Florida Supreme Court made it clear that although they (lawmakers) may legislate prospectively for future cases, there is nothing they can do to overturn the result of Mrs. Schiavo’s case."

Terri’s father thanked pro-life advocates who have been helping them to prevent their daughter’s painful death.

"We thank you with all our hearts for your concern for our daughter, and for your help in trying to save her," Schindler said.

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