by Steven Ertelt
September 3, 2007
Gainesville, FL (LifeNews.com) — The family of Terri Schiavo is continuing its efforts to block a speech by Jack Kevorkian scheduled for the middle of next month. The speech would be the first for the former assisted suicide crusader following his release from prison for killing a disabled man and showing the death on national television.
Kevorkian would speak to students at the University of Florida on October 11 and receive $50,000 for the talk, as long as his parole officers approve the trip.
The family of Terri Schiavo has been leading an effort to stop the speech by gathering petitions from concerned citizens so Kevorkian doesn’t get a platform in their home state.
They don’t want the former pathologist telling students that people with disabilities should be killed, like their sister, rather than receiving appropriate medical treatment or rehabilitative care.
Bobby Schindler, Terri’s brother, told LifeNews.com, "We have collected thousands of petitions (and they are still coming in) to deliver to the Office of the President of the University of Florida."
"We’re demanding the University rescind its offer to pay $50,000 for Kevorkian to address the students," he added.
"Despite the ongoing message of death spreading through our society and those, like Jack Kevorkian, who attempt to justify killing the most vulnerable among us, we are committed to fight against this death-obsessed culture and spread Terri’s legacy of life, hope and love," Schindler explained.
He said there is still time for pro-life people and others worried about Kevorkian’s pro-assisted suicide message to sign a petition asking the University of Florida to cancel the speech.
The petition can be found at the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation web site.
ACTION: You can also contact the University of Florida President J. Bernard Machen at 352-392-1311 or [email protected].