Terri Schiavo Brother Campaigns for Sam Brownback, Discusses Disabled

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 16, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 16
, 2007

Cedar Rapids, IA (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo’s brother Bobby Schindler appeared at a campaign stop over the weekend for Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback. Schindler said he supports the Kansas senator’s presidential bid because he respects the life of both the born and unborn — something all politicians should embrace.

Schindler had endorsed Brownback previously but promised to campaign for him over the weekend as he emphasized his pro-life views and opposition to human rights abuses.

Terri’s brother told the audience that the need for him to campaign with Brownback or support one political candidate when all should embrace life is a problem.

"The tragedy is the fact that I even have to be here tonight to speak to you and even that you know who I am," Schindler said. "It’s evidence of what’s happening in our culture that our family had to fight so hard just to try to bring Terri home and take care of her."

He said he applauded Brownback for standing against the "quality of life" standard which the medical community has used to devalue the lives of vulnerable patients like Terri who need legal protection and lifesaving medical care. That has led to the targeting of the disabled.

"The laws have been changed to make it easier to kill someone like my sister," Schindler said. "The ‘persistent vegetative state’ diagnosis was created to make it easier to kill somebody."

"The devaluation of human life leads to many, if not all, of the problems we see in our society today," Schindler added. "If we don’t respect life, then how do we respect each other?"

During the event, Brownback talked about the impact Terri’s life had on the euthanasia and assisted suicide debates.

"Her life remained sacred to the very end," Brownback said.

"Whether it’s a child in the womb or it’s somebody that has had a very difficult situation … she nonetheless remains a person and she shouldn’t be artificially, or by humans, terminated. Instead, we should protect these lives," he explained.