Letter from Terri Schiavo’s Brother: Her Light Will Forever Guide Moral Choices

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 31, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Letter from Terri Schiavo’s Brother: Her Light Will Forever Guide Moral Choices Email this article
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by Bobby Schindler
March 31, 2008

LifeNews.com Note: Bobby Schindler is the brother of Terri Schiavo, the disabled woman whose former husband subjected her to a painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death. Schindler now runs the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation along with the rest of the Schindler family. The nonprofit group helps patients like Terri receive appropriate medical care and treatment.

Today, March 31st, marks the third anniversary of Terri’s death, and I want to thank everyone who has contacted my family with their words of support and prayers offered for my sister Terri and my family.

The overwhelming response from people and groups that are participating in Terri’s Day has been touching and one that my family really did not expect. It has provided us with much comfort during this very difficult time.

Sadly, in today’s culture, which seems to be declining further into a moral void every single day, people like Terri are looked upon as worthless. We are continually manipulated into believing that it is perfectly acceptable to kill them because they are "suffering."

And when suffering is being taught this way, as something that is inherently bad and therefore must be completely eliminated, we begin to see why so many are able to justify the killing of the disabled even when it means barbarically dehydrating them to death.

During our fight to save Terri, I thought it was ironic that so many viewed her as having no value because of her disability although, in the end, God’s hand was so evident in her life. Even when she was isolated from the world and denied all but the most basic contact, He allowed Terri to touch and continues to allow her to touch the lives of millions.

She reached hearts with the message that human life is precious simply because it is human life. She put a face on the evil of euthanasia and in doing so has saved many others from a similar fate.

It is my hope that my beautiful sister Terri, whose light still shines brightly even after her death, will be remembered for years to come – as a child of God and as a chosen instrument that sparked the beginning of the end of an evil affliction against the sanctity of human life.

Again thank you and a special thanks to Father Pavone and Priests for Life, as well, for all of their help reminding people of the anniversary of Terri’s death.

Words can’t adequately express how much my family appreciates all of you being with us in prayer on this very special day remembering my sister Terri.