by Steven Ertelt
March 30, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life groups are set to remember the one year anniversary of the painful starvation and dehydration euthanasia death Terri Schiavo suffered. Some will participate in a press conference to highlight the work of Terri’s family to help disabled people and others will lay hundreds of roses on the steps of the Supreme Court.
Concerned Women for America will join the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation in holding a press conference in honor of Terri’s passing.
“Terri’s precious life was cut short by the cruel orders of her husband Michael and the judge who ordered her execution," Wendy Wright, CWA’s president, said in a statement provided to LifeNews.com. "We must remember Terri’s death and the greater lesson that should be learned from this tragic story—the sanctity of every life."
“Life is precious, regardless of physical and mental handicaps, and we must never stop fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves," she added.
Meanwhile, several pro-life groups including the Christian Defense Coalition, Generation Life, the National Clergy Council and others, will lay hundreds of roses in front of the court.
They hope to honor the legacy of Terri and work to ensure the rights of the severely disabled are protected.
Rev Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, challenged Americans "to build a society where the severely disabled are treated with dignity, justice and respect."
"Our message to our elected officials and courts is that we must do better regarding protecting the most needy and weak of society," he added.
The groups will also re-release a March 2005 Zogby poll showing most Americans do not favor cutting off food and water for patients, like Terri, who are unable to make their own medical decisions and did not have specific instructions for treatment.
Also, Father Frank Pavone, the director of Priests for Life, will visit privately with Terri’s family. Around the same time, he plans to make his own personal visit to Terri’s grave and bless it.