Mel Gibson Weighs in on Terri Schiavo Debate, Supports Parents

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 11, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 11, 2005

Clearwater, FL ( — Hollywood icon Mel Gibson is weighing in on the national debate over Terri Schiavo and phoned her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, on Friday to tell them that he supports their efforts to save her life.

Gibson, an actor and movie director, encouraged the Schindler family to "never give up and continue to pray."

Shortly after the phone conversation, the "Passion" director sent a fax with comments to be read at a Saturday afternoon rally supporting Terri.

"I fully support the efforts of Mr. & Mrs. Schindler to save their daughter, Terri Schiavo, from a cruel starvation," Gibson said. "Terri’s husband should sign the care of his wife over to her parents so she can be properly cared for."

The Schindlers on Saturday said they were "very grateful" for Gibson’s moral support and "encouraging statement" backing Terri.

"He was extremely supportive in our telephone conversation," Terri’s father Bob Schindler said. "Mr. Gibson told me he believes there is hope for Terri and that he knows of people in similar circumstances that have improved."

This is the second time Gibson has spokes out about a key issue of interest to pro-life groups. Last year, he criticized a California measure authorizing spending $6 billion in taxpayer dollars on human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.

He said the research methods destroyed human life and adult stem cells should be promoted instead as a more ethical alternative.

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