by Steven Ertelt
February 27, 2006
Tampa, FL (LifeNews.com) — Hillary Clinton and Bob and Mary Schindler had different pitches for their audiences over the weekend. While the possible 2008 presidential candidate blasted Republicans for defending her, Terri Schiavo’s parents said her death was a lead-in to new battles over euthanasia.
Clinton wrapped up a three day swing through Florida to raise funds for her own re-election campaign as New York senator.
Last year, Clinton drew criticism for not being very vocal when Congress voted to allow the Schindlers to take their lawsuit to prevent Terri’s euthanasia death to federal courts after state courts refused to protect her life.
"They decided the most important health issues were exploiting the tragedy of Terri Schiavo and stifling stem cell research," Clinton said.
She said pro-life Republican lawmakers made decisions with "ideology, influence and incompetence — sometimes all three."
The Tampa Tribune editorial page welcomed Clinton to Florida with an article saying: "Many people simply don’t trust you. You may share your husband’s name, but what people liked about him is not transferable to you."
Meanwhile, in a speech in Rockford, Illinois, Terri’s parents said they didn’t trust the media.
Robert Schindler, Terri’s father, told those gathered for a dinner to honor local priests that the media “labeled Terri and said things about her that were totally untrue."
“There’s nothing we can do about our daughter now, but what we can do is help save people in the future,” he said, according to a Rockford Register Star news report.
“There’s a euthanasia agenda existing in this country," he added. "They’re viewing people not as a person but as a quality of life, and if it doesn’t meet their standards, they’ll let you die."