by Steven Ertelt
April 26, 2006
Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo’s former husband Michael continues to advance his political agenda by supporting candidates who disagreed with Terri’s parents’ efforts to prevent her euthanasia death. In his most recent endorsement, he’s supporting Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis.
Davis, a Florida congressman who backs abortion, repeatedly said he disagreed with a Congressional measure asking federal courts to look at the lawsuit Terri’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, filed to save her life.
"He acted out of conviction and showed great courage when he stood up for the rights of all Americans," Michael Schiavo said about Davis’ vote in March 2005 against the bill. Congress eventually approved the bipartisan measure on a 203 to 58 vote.
Schiavo said Davis was one of the few politicians who "stood up and acted with conviction…. He stood up not just for me and not just for Terri but for every American."
According to an AP report, Davis said of his vote, "Politicians have no role in these tragic experiences except to protect our fundamental right to privacy. These are the ideals and values I fought when I stood up on what has proven to be the most shameful days I experienced in Congress."
Last year, he formed a political action committee to target pro-life lawmakers who stood with Terri’s family. Meanwhile, the Schindlers and Terri’s brother and sister have started a foundation that will help disabled people and they have given up their jobs to work at it full-time.
Davis faces state Sen. Rod Smith of Alachua in the Democratic primary, who has taken credit for leading a group of lawmakers in the Florida Senate to stop a bill that would have halted Terri’s euthanasia death. He appeared to be upset that Davis received Schiavo’s support.
"When I led the coalition of nine Democrats and 12 Republicans to prevent politicians from intervening in a private family decision, I didn’t do it for Michael Schiavo’s PAC endorsement. I did it because it was the right thing to do," Smith said, according to AP.
The Palm Beach Post reports that Schiavo said Davis was the stronger of the two in supporting his efforts to kill Terri.
Davis called him after Terri’s painful 13 day starvation and dehydration death, Schiavo explained, saying Smith is a "good person" but Davis "feels this in his heart."
Schiavo’s political action committee, TerriPAC, has made other endorsements and he told th Post he wouldn’t be running for office himself.
Meanwhile, last week, during a primary debate between the Republican candidates for governor in Florida, General Charlie Crist and Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher debated the merits of intervening in the legal battle.
Crist said he would not have taken part in it.
"There are some decisions that ought to be left to God and family," Crist said. "Had I been governor, I would have not done the same thing."
Gallagher did not comment as directly but pointed out the importance of having a living will to express medical treatment wishes beforehand, AP reported.
"These kinds of end-of-life matters do not belong in government," Gallagher said. "But when these kinds of situations come in front of me, I would always err on the side of life. I think that’s what you must do when you don’t know anything else."
Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org