Terri Schiavo’s Family, Pro-Life Group to Mark "Terri’s Day" on March 31
by Steven Ertelt
January 8, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The family of Terri Schiavo and a leading pro-life Catholic group are set to again mark Terri’s Day on March 31. The Schindler family and Priests for Life are urging people to make preparations now to mark the day and to remember the disabled woman whose former husband killed her.
The groups are urging individuals, families, churches and and organizations to observe the "International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters" — otherwise known as Terri’s Day.
March 31 is the fourth anniversary of Terri’s painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death after a court awarded her former husband Michael the right to take her life.
The two organizations established this day last year to foster education, prayer, and activism regarding discrimination against the disabled.
The Schindler family established a foundation to help the disabled receive legla help and appropriate medical care and treatment and the day is a reminder that those aids exist for people in situations similar to what Terri and her family faced.
Suzanne Vitadamo, Terri’s sister, and Bobby Schindler, her brother, told LifeNews.com about the importance of the special day.
Sadly, our recent headlines are a clear indication that what happened to Terri is only getting worse. We are seeing that many of our institutions caring for our most vulnerable are being encouraged to devalue the sanctity of human life," they said.
"Indeed, this is influenced by a very strong pro-death movement continuing to work very hard to legitimize euthanasia and assisted suicide," Terri’s siblings added.
Fr. Frank Pavone, who was with Bobby and Suzanne at Terris bedside as she was dying, is also helping to promote the day of remembrance and action.
"As we consoled Terri and prayed with her, what I felt most strongly was the presence of countless people around the world who, by their love, prayers, and tears, accompanied Terri and her family through those difficult days," he said. " am confident that these same individuals, families, and Churches will want to observe Terris Day."
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