Terri Schiavo’s Family Condemns Ruling Allowing Killing of Eluana Englaro
by Steven Ertelt
November 13, 2008
Rome, Italy (LifeNews.com) — The brother of Terri Schiavo is condemning the decision handed down today by an Italian court allowing Eluana Englaro’s father to starve her to death. Englaro went into a coma after an accident and her father wants to remove her feeding tube and starve and dehydrate her to death.
The painful death will be similar to the 13 days without food and water that Schiavo endured before her death.
Terri’s brother, Bobby Schindler, told LifeNews.com that he thinks the court should not have allowed the Englaro’s father to remove her basic care.
"Todays ruling will clear the way for Eluana to experience a barbaric and inhumane death by starvation and dehydration," he said.
Schindler is worried that the kind of horrible bioethics that prompted courts in the United States to allow his sister’s former husband to kill her is making its way across the globe.
This court’s ruling seems to indicate that American medical ethics are spreading like a virus among the international community, threatening countless numbers of elderly, ailing and disabled persons in an increasing and alarming way, Schindler noted.
Schindler says the case points to the need for people to do more to offer protection to disabled patients like Englaro.
Our heart goes out to this family as we know very well the profound affect that these types of injuries can have on loved ones," he said.
"However, we must remember that we have a grave obligation to do all we can to protect those with disabilities, recognizing that a person with a brain injury is a human being with an inherent dignity and a right to life," Schindler told LifeNews.com.
"This young girl needs only food and water and her familys love to survive. At the very least this should be provided to her," he added.
Since Schiavo’s death, the Schindler family has started a foundation to help ensure patients receive appropriate medical care and treatment and to assist their families.
Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org
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