Weekend Rallies for Terri Schiavo Feature Pro-Life Leaders, Disability Activists

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 14, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Weekend Rallies for Terri Schiavo Feature Pro-Life Leaders, Disability Activists Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 14, 2005

Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — Weekend rallies on behalf of Terri Schiavo featured leaders of pro-life groups and disability rights advocates. Terri’s family also read a message from actor and movie director Mel Gibson.

At a Tallahassee rally with more than 300 people, Terri’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, told those attending that Terri jokes with them and is evening trying to learn how to say, "I love you."

The Schindlers continue to point out the ways their daughter interacts with them and shows the ability to recover from her disability as some doctors have suggested could happen with proper medical care and rehabilitative treatment.

Bob Schindler described his daughter’s situation as "the inception of genocide."

"What the Nazis were doing and what they’re trying to do to Terri is the same thing," he said.

Schindler read a statement supporting Terri from actor Mel Gibson.

”He told me we should never, ever, ever give up,” Schindler said about a phone conversation Gibson had with Terri’s family Friday.

Meanwhile, pro-life leader Dr. Jim Dobson of Focus on the Family, said Terri’s estranged husband Michael may no longer want to care for his wife, but that doesn’t diminish her life’s value.

"Terri may be disabled, but her life is of great worth to God," Dobson told the crowd.

Thomas Euteneuer, a Catholic priest who heads the pro-life group Human Life International, told the crowed that he believed supporters of sparing Terri’s life would ultimately win.

”We will be written into the history books, because we will be successful in the end," he said.

Those who rallied are hoping the Florida state legislature will approve a bill this week that would allow doctors and require courts to presume that a patient such as Terri would have wanted to receive food and water if not previous directive was issued stating otherwise.

Terri left behind no living will or other advance directive. Michael claims Terri said she would not want to be kept alive artificially, but a best friend recalls Terri telling her that she would never support taking food and water away from a patient as happened with other disabled patients.

State Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, considered a possible Florida gubernatorial candidate in 2006, also addressed the rally.

"Our creator has given us life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and only he has the power to take it away," Gallagher said, according to an Associated Press report.

Michael is scheduled to be able to begin the painful week-long process of starving Terri to death on Friday afternoon.

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