by Steven Ertelt
August 16, 2005
Minneapolis, MN (LifeNews.com) — As Terri’s estranged husband, Michael Schiavo didn’t make many public comments during the long legal battle he fought with Terri’s family over whether or not to starve her to death. Now that Terri has died, Michael is significantly raising his public profile and will soon address a euthanasia conference in Minnesota.
Following his receipt of the guardian of the year award from the Florida State Guardianship Association, Michael has been invited to address a euthanasia conference at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota. The conference is titled, "33 Years of Clinical Ethics in Minnesota: Ron Cranford’s Stories of Heroes and Courage."
Cranford is infamous for his position in favor of assisted suicide and made headlines when he testified in court that Terri was in a persistent vegetative state, despite the view of doctors and neurologists who said otherwise.
Cranford is a member of the board of directors of the Euthanasia Society of America and has ties to the organization formerly known as the Hemlock Society, another pro-euthanasia group.
IN a profile of Cranford, WorldNetDaily cited a piece he wrote for the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1997, in which he advocated assisted suicide as a way to lower the rising number of patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
According to the Empire Journal, a brochure for the upcoming “ethics” conference says the presentations focused “on the development of clinical ethics in Minnesota through the words of some of ethic’s greatest heroes. ”
The case of Terri Schiavo is presented as one of the landmark euthanasia cases in the last 30 years.
Michael has recently announced he is considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against doctors who treated Terri for a bleeding esophagus in late 2003, despite his efforts to have a local judge stop the treatment so Terri would die.
Michael is also working with a journalist on a possible book.
Related web sites:
Terri’s parents – https://www.terrisfight.org