Terri Schiavo’s Sister Says U.S. No Longer Values Human Life

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 22, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 22, 2006

Columbia, SC (LifeNews.com) — At a pro-life rally with over 1,000 people at the South Carolina state capitol, Terri Schiavo’s sister said the legal battle and national hoopla surrounding her sister’s euthanasia death showed her America has lost its respect for human life.

That so many people supported efforts by Terri’s estranged husband Michael to kill her showed Suzanne Vitadamo that society has "lost sight of the value” of human life.

Vitadamo told the audience that Terri did not want to die and was not terminal at the time of her nearly two week painful starvation and dehydration death last March.

"Our society has shifted to a quality of life mentality and has lost sight of the value (and) sacredness of all human life,” Vitadamo said, according to an AP report. "We now as a nation are deciding when it is OK or not OK to kill those suffering from disabilities.”

Lisa Van Riper, the president of South Carolina Citizens for Life, agreed and said the advancing of euthanasia proves the "slippery slope that came from the Roe vs. Wade" decision.

The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation, which Terri’s family established to help them pay for mounting legal bills in their efforts to save her life, has relaunched its web site. The new site covers the foundations new focus — to help other families with disabled or incapacitated patients like Terri.

The Schiavo family wants to make sure that what happened to Terri doesn’t happen to other disabled patients.

Terri collapsed in her home in February 1990 of unknown reasons, though some medical evidence leads Terri’s family to believe Michael may have abused her.

Michael won a medical malpractice lawsuit that brought the couple’s estate $2 million. Michael had promised to use the money for Terri’s medical care and rehabilitative treatment, but he soon gave up on her and began pursuing efforts to have Terri euthanized so he could "move on" with girlfriend Jodi Centonze. The couple had two children during the legal battle.

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