Attorney Who Helped Kill Terri Schiavo Leads "Euthanasia Cruise"

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 26, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 26, 2005

Dunedin, FL ( — The assisted suicide advocate who was Michael Schiavo’s lead attorney during the legal battles with Terri Schiavo’s parents will be heading up a "euthanasia cruise" during the first week of January. Doctors and attorneys who participate in the Caribbean cruise can earn continuing education credits by learning more about the medical and legal tactics that can be employed to end patients’ lives.

Felos will be one of two faculty members leading a program called the "Advance Directives/End-of-Life Care and Neurology." Those participating in the five-day cruise will leave January 3 for the Bahamas, according to a North County Gazette report.

James Barnhill, a physician and longtime partner with Felos in advocating euthanasia, will assist in leading the courses.

In 1998, Barnhill saw Terri for 10 minutes and told Circuit Court Judge George Greer that he believed she had no chance of recovery. That claim was later refuted by other doctors and experts on caring for incapacitated patients but Greer allowed Michael to take Terri’s life anyway.

According to the Gazette report, Continuing Education Inc., based in nearby St. Petersburg, Florida, is a company that offers courses on cruise ships. The target audience is doctors and attorneys and they can participate by paying anywhere from $350-$625.

It’s not known how much Felos will make for his part in leading the courses, but this isn’t the first time the Michael Schiavo attorney has financially capitalized on Terri’s euthanasia death.

According to the Gazette, Felos has been listed with Eagles Talent Connection Inc. of New Jersey, which represents speakers. For fees ranging from $10,000 to $15,000, organizations or businesses can bring Felos to events to hear Felos talk on the subject: "The Terri Schiavo Saga-From Family Fight to Constitutional Crisis."

The Gazette reports that Felos is now represented by Roth Talent Associates of Encino, CA, who says Felos is an attorney and "right to die expert" but doesn’t list a speaking fee.

Felos was 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.

Felos denies that denying food and water to a patient like Terri Schiavo is a problem or constitutes starving a patient to death.

Just after Terri died from the painful two week starvation and dehydration death, a reporter asked Felos how Terri’s death could be described as a "death with dignity" when she was "starved to death."

"I’m sure you know that’s an inaccurate question," Felos retorted. "Patients don’t starve to death by removal of artificial nutrition and hydration."

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