Attorney for Terri Schiavo’s Parents Still Speaks Up for Disabled People

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 12, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Attorney for Terri Schiavo’s Parents Still Speaks Up for Disabled People Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 12
, 2006

Warner Robbins, GA ( — The final attorney for the parents of Terri Schiavo is continuing his battle to speak up for disabled patients. After helping the disabled woman’s parents try to prevent her former husband from killing her via euthanasia, David Gibbs says other pro-life people must join him in serving as their voice.

With the court’s allowing Michael Schiavo to kill his wife, Gibbs, a leading pro-life attorney who heads up the Christian Law Association, says he’s worried America will become a "disposable society."

"People like Terri Schiavo matter," Gibbs told the Warner Robbins Telegraph in an interview.

He is in the Georgia town for a speaking engagement at the Southside Baptist Church.

The attorney told the newspaper that a lack of respect for the lives of the disabled will lead to a lack of respect for other downtrodden members of society.

"If we don’t have a compassion for the less-than-perfect people, then what about the poor? What about the elderly? What about the disabled?" Gibbs said.

"Do these people matter to us? They matter to God."

After the legal battle between Robert and Mary Schindler and Michael, Gibbs wrote a book called "Fighting for Dear Life," about the final two years of Terri’s life and the debate about her.

He disputes claims that Terri was unaware, saying he witnessed her interacting with her parents and pointing out that she cried on the last day her mother visited her before she died.

"I believe what happened to Terri was wrong, and I want to challenge the nation to think about that," Gibbs told the newspaper.

"There were people 100 years ago who thought slavery was OK," he concluded. There were people 100 years ago who thought women did not deserve the right to vote. There were people 50 years ago who thought it was right for there to be a different set of civil rights for blacks. Ultimately, what we call ‘justice’ prevailed."