Disabled Woman’s National Television Show Will Focus on Terri Schiavo

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 12, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Disabled Woman’s National Television Show Will Focus on Terri Schiavo

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
June 12
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Americans will have an opportunity to review the life and death of Terri Schiavo tonight and next week as the television program a disabled woman produces will focus on how Terri was subjected to a painful euthanasia death. Joni Eareckson Tada, whose ministry produces "Joni and Friends," is behind the show.

Like Schiavo, Tada is a disabled woman herself — having become paralyzed at a younger age in a diving accident.

Tada has put together two 30 minutes programs airing tonight and July 19 that will explore the debate surrounding Terri and be broadcast globally via Trinity Broadcasting Network.

“For the first time in the U.S., society has been given the ability to put to death a profoundly disabled person,” Eareckson Tada told LifeNews.com in a statement.

She says Terri should have been treated as a person with a disability and not as a terminally ill person.

The show will feature Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Land says the battle over Terri’s death worried him.

“As human beings we don’t have the right to take on god-like qualities and start deciding for others when the quality of their life has diminished to the point that they no longer deserve protections that we give to more healthy, more productive people,” Land said.

David Gibbs, head of the Florida-based Christian Law Association and the main attorney for the Schindler family during the final efforts to save Terri’s Life, will also appear on the program.

He says during the show he believes Schiavo should have been given a chance to live.

“Whether she (Terri) would ever get better or not, in the condition that she was in, she was as alive as any person watching this show,” Gibbs said.

Schiavo’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, are also interviewed on the Joni and Friends Show. The show also features an interview with Pat Anderson, the Tampa attorney who fought on behalf of Terri Schiavo.

This two-part expose’ on the life and death of Terri Schiavo will be broadcast on TBN Thursday June 12 at 7:30 p.m. EST, and Thursday June 19, 7:30 p.m. EST.