by Steven Ertelt
July 30, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Michael Schiavo always complained he didn’t want the government involved when it came to his legal battle with Terri Schiavo’s family over whether he should be able to euthanize her. Now, Michael is traveling across the country campaigning for candidates who back assisted suicide and euthanasia.
In Connecticut, Michael appeared at a rally Friday for U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary.
Though Lieberman is pro-abortion, he voted for a measure in Congress that said federal courts should review the lawsuit Terri’s parents filed to stop Michael from killing her.
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.
"I’m here today with a man who knows the difference between personal and political decisions," Schiavo told a news conference at the capitol in Hartford.
According to a Stamford Advocate report, Michael talked about his recent campaigning for candidates, promoted by his anger at lawmakers like Lieberman who tried to save Terri’s life.
"Be it Democrat or Republican . . . wherever anyone believes the government shouldn’t be involved in your personal life, I’ll be there," he said.
At the news conference, Michael blasted Lieberman for going "out of his way" to defend the governments’ intervention, "making the rounds on the Sunday talk shows."
"Joe Lieberman never met me, never met Terri. He didn’t know anything about us or about what Terri wanted (but) he and George Bush knew better than dozens of judges and medical experts," Michael said, according to the newspaper.
Before the news conference, Lieberman told the Associated Press that Terri’s "tragic story" has no place int he Connecticut campaign.
"It’s time, isn’t it, for politicians to let Terri Schiavo rest in peace," he said.
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.
Meanwhile, Terri’s brother Bobby Schindler thanked Lieberman and said Michael was a "hypocrite" for saying the government shouldn’t be involved when he started the battle in the courts.
"Michael Schiavo made this a public matter back in 1998 when he petitioned the court to remove the feeding tube," Schindler told the Hartford Courant newspaper. "And it’s very troubling for me for him to be calling this a family matter. For him to even refer to Terri as his wife in all this. . . . Terri will always be our family."
Schindler said he sought Lieberman’s help when legislation was pending in the Senate to support Terri.
Saying Lieberman and other lawmakers were "trying to do the right thing," Schindler told the Hartford paper, "That’s all the government said — give her a federal review, like the people on death row. The government’s role is to protect innocent life."
The Schindler family and foundation are not endorsing Lieberman but Bobby Schindler told the Hartford newspaper he would consider going to Connecticut to support the senator if his campaign asked.
Schindler also called Michael Schiavo the "face of euthanasia and assisted suicide."
Bill O’Brien, president of Connecticut Right to Life, told the Stamford newspaper that Lieberman was no friend of the pro-life movement on the issue of abortion, but Lamont appears to be entirely affiliated with a "culture of death."
"If he’s trying to make it out you’re a true Democrat because you support killing your wife when you have a girlfriend on the side, that doesn’t seem to me the values the Democrats are trying to achieve," he said.
Michael has campaigned for two Congressional candidates in Colorado and supported Florida candidates as well and has started a political action committee to support candidates.
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