Pro-Life Advocates Bash Michael Schiavo’s New Terri’sPAC Group

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

Pro-Life Advocates Bash Michael Schiavo’s New Terri’sPAC Group Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 9, 2005

Clearwater, FL ( — Pro-life advocates are attacking a new political action committee formed by the formerly estranged husband of disabled woman Terri Schiavo. Michael Schiavo announced the creation of the political group yesterday, named for the woman he was allowed to kill via euthanasia.

However, pro-life advocates are bashing the idea of Michael naming a political group after the woman he euthanized and encouraging voters to support politicians who share his view on how to treat incapacitated or disabled patients.

Ken Conner, a pro-life attorney who led the legal battle on behalf of Florida Governor Jeb Bush to protect Terri’s right to live, feels Michael’s new political group is particularly exploitive.

He told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper that Michael Schiavo has "proven himself to be the classic opportunist. This represents yet further evidence of that."

"Leadership today is known for finding a parade and getting in front of it," Conner added.

Congressman Dave Weldon, a Florida Republican, proposed legislation in the House that was eventually passed by a strong bipartisan vote to instruct the judges to reconsider Terri’s parents’ lawsuit to save her life. He told the newspaper Michael’s group is a "political stunt" because it will primarily attack pro-life and Republican lawmakers like him.

Still, he’s hoping some good comes from the group, if only to help Americans see the length some will go to end the lives of people who need basic medical care and treatment.

"It might be good to have some debate on this issue: the right to access to food and water versus the so-called right to die," Weldon said.

Michael inserted himself into the Virginia governor’s race, even though he is a Florida resident. He sided against GOP candidate Jerry Kilgore because of his comments against "forced starvation" when Terri’s name came up in a debate.

Michael says his PAC will focus on 10-12 races in Florida and 10-12 election contests in other states.