by Steven Ertelt
September 1, 2005
Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — During the international debate over the euthanasia of Terri Schiavo, considerable attention was focused on the involvement of her estranged Michael’s lead attorney George Felos’ involvement in activities backing assisted suicide. Now, Felos has been named to the board of directors of a group that backs euthanasia.
Project Grace, which stands for Guidelines for Resuscitation And Care at End-of-life, quietly named Felos to its board within days of Terri’s late March death from starvation and dehydration.
Project Grace’s web site eerily describes its mission, which alarmingly looks as if it made Terri a guinea pig for gaining acceptance for euthanasia.
The group says it is a "timely endeavor directed toward the noble and necessary goal of transforming the culture of drying for Florida citizens with the hope of establishing a prototype for the nation."
Project Grace claims it doesn’t advocate euthanasia, but rather "adequate pain management and attention to the dying patient’s spiritual as well as physical needs."
Other people associated with Project Grace have connections to Terri.
Mary Labyak, is the executive director of Hospice of Florida Suncoast, which owns Woodside Hospice where Terri spent the last five years of her life. The hospice became ground zero in the battle over Terri’s life in January. Labyak is a member of Project Grace’s Executive Committee.
Felos is also a former member of the board of directors of Hospice of Florida Suncoast and was once the president.
Dr. James Avery, former medical director for Woodside and on the hospice staff at the time Terri was admitted there in April 2000, sits on Project Grace’s advisory board.
The Empire Journal newspaper contacted Project Grace to determine exactly when Felos became a member of its board, but the organizations refused to respond. It also did not respond to a LifeNews.com request for comment.
The Project Grace web site also specifically supports Michael’s efforts to euthanize Terri.