Terri Schiavo’s Former Husband Campaigns for Connecticut Senate Candidate

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 28, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Former Husband Campaigns for Connecticut Senate Candidate

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 28, 2006

Hartford, CT (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo’s former husband, the man responsible for euthanizing her in a painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death, is headed to Connecticut to campaign for Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont. Lamont is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman in an August primary there.

Schiavo has been traveling the country supporting candidates who favor assisted suicide and euthanasia and was recently in Colorado to support two House candidates.

He says he is supporting Lamont because Lieberman voted for a Congressional bill that said federal courts should review the lawsuit Terri’s parents filed to stop Michael from killing her.

Schiavo will appear at an afternoon news conference today with Lamont, whose spokesman Liz Dupont-Diehl told the Associated Press that the two agree on stopping "intrusive" government.

“I think he represents the feelings of a lot of people that feel the federal government is getting too intrusive,” Dupont-Diehl said. “This is a way to point out a very real difference between Ned and Senator Lieberman.”

Lieberman campaign spokeswoman Marion Steinfels told AP that the senator "has said that this heartbreaking situation illustrates once again the importance of everyone to have a living will."

In a 2003 interview with AP, Lieberman said he supported a decision in favor of life in cases where a patient is incapacitated and has not made known their desires about lifesaving medical treatment.

"I believe that certainly in cases where there is not a living will … I feel very strongly that we ought to honor life and we ought not to create a system where people are being deprived of nutrition or hydration in a way that ends their lives,” Lieberman said.

Lamont earlier said he would not have voted for the bill to protect Terri Schiavo.

“To me, that was the last place I want my federal government being,” Lamont told The Associated Press in an interview earlier this month. “That belongs to your priest, your rabbi, your doctor, your family, whoever. Not Tom Delay, not Joe Lieberman and not George Bush.”

When it came up last year, the House voted for the Terri Schiavo measure 203-58 while the Senate unanimously supported it on a voice vote.

Since Terri’s death, in March 2005, Michael continues to advance his political agenda by supporting candidates who disagreed with Terri’s parents’ efforts to prevent her euthanasia death.

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.

Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org