Terri Schiavo was my sister, but she also came to be a symbol of both the right to life movement and right to die movement. Terri was a disabled American who required love, care, and food and water by a feeding tube, since she had difficulty swallowing as a result of her brain injury. She did not require artificial life support, and she was not dying of any disease or condition. Nonetheless, Terri’s life was intentionally ended in 2005 by her husband and an antagonistic court system that deprived her of food and water, causing her to die from extreme dehydration and starvation.
Every year, I write to honor my sister, Terri Schiavo, on March 31st, the anniversary of her death. For those who do not remember, Terri, at the age of 26, experienced a still inexplicable collapse resulting in a severe brain-injury. As a consequence of her brain injury, she was unable to swallow using conventional utensils, and like many Americans required nutrition and hydration by feeding tube in order to live.
It’s a simple reality that many patients who are not actively dying are nonetheless described as facing “end of life” issues, often simply due to physical or cognitive disabilities.
Every year, I write to honor my sister, Terri Schiavo, on March 31st, the anniversary of her death. For those who do not remember, Terri, at the age of 26, experienced a still inexplicable collapse resulting in a severe brain injury. Terri’s case and condition continue to be inaccurately reported. For example, reports falsely suggesting Terri variously had a terminal condition, needed “machines,” was in a coma, or even was outright “brain dead” are all incorrect.
A new report by Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) Associate Scholar Bobby Schindler sheds light on the widespread legality of euthanasia by denial of food and water as well as recent legislative attempts to redefine these basic, ordinary needs as medical treatment, calling on the medical and legal communities to bring their approach to states of diminished consciousness into line with current neuroscience and to protect vulnerable patients’ human rights.
Earlier this year, I was contacted through the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network’s National Crisis Lifeline by a distraught family member. A woman wanted to end her disabled husband’s life.
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is pleased to announce that Wesley J. Smith, international public speaker and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Human Exceptionalism, has joined the Network’s Board of Directors.
I've been in London more than three days now, doing whatever I can to advocate for little Charlie Gard. I met his parents, Chris and Connie, and was blessed to be able to meet little Charlie on Saturday. He's as cute as any little kid his age, and his parents love for him is so clear.
The following is a statement from Terri Schiavo's brother Bobby Schindler: