March 31, 2011
Terri Schiavo Died Six Years ago Today
It was six years ago today, March 31, 2005, that 41-year-old Terri Schiavo succumbed to 13 days of court-ordered dehydration and starvation under the watchful eyes of a security guard posted nearby.
Thousands of protesters were gathered outside her Pinellas Park, Fla., hospice, surveilled by rooftop sharpshooters paid for by the hospice at a cost of $98,162.
Schiavo's estranged husband, Michael Schiavo, and his attorney took turns with her parents and siblings and their attorney holding a bedside vigil during what right-to-die advocates called her "death process," which was triggered by the court-ordered removal of her feeding tube and accompanying ban on oral hydration and nutrition on March 18, 2005.
Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge George Greer's latest death order concluded an 11-year tug of war over Schiavo's life waged by divided family members, and came despite the unprecedented intervention of first the Florida Legislature and Gov. Jeb Bush, and then Congress and President George W. Bush.
To learn more about the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, visit the website
March 3, 2011
Baby Joseph is not in a Vegetative State
Baby Joseph Maraachli's family wish the hospital to perform a simple tracheotomy on him, so that Baby Joseph can spend his final weeks or months in the warmth and loving embrace of home and family.
We ask, if Baby Joseph could speak for himself, would he want to die in a hospital, or, rather, would he not more likely wish to do so in his home with his loving family?
Supporters of Baby Joseph head to Canada to support parental rights
Baby Joseph Maraachli's family has rejected an offer from the London Health Sciences Centre to transfer the young infant boy home and remove the breathing machine there. The family continues to plea with the hospital to give their son a tracheotomy and to let them care for him at home.
February 25, 2011
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network Joins Fight to Save Baby Joseph
An infinitely precious innocent life hangs in the balance, as a family is pitted against the medical establishment in a battle for the life of their little boy. The Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network is entering the battle and stands with the family of Baby Joseph Maraachli. Bobby Schindler meets with the family of baby Joseph who is pleading with the hospital to bring the sick child home during his last days. The hospital is fighting to remove Joseph's life sustaining treatment.
"It is unacceptable for Canadian Health Allocation Officials and/or the Canadian Government to make decisions for Joseph that will end his life and deny the wishes of his loving parents," says Suzanne Vitadamo, spokesperson for the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network (and Terri's sister). "Every patient, regardless of age, has a right to proper and dignified health care. It is frightening to once again see government usurp the God given rights of parents to love and care for their child at home, especially when the child is dying."
Vitadamo went on to say "this is alarming. No hospital has the right to end the life of a child. It's the parent's right to bring Joseph home and care for him if they choose. How do parents lose their choice in such a tender matter?"
Terri's Network urges everyone to keep baby Joseph and his entire family in their prayers.
The Network was established due to the increasing need to help families of vulnerable patients facing crisis situations like this. If anyone knows of a medical facility that would accept baby Joseph on a transfer please contact Terri's Network at 1-855-300-HOPE (4673).
About Terri's Network:
Terri's Network was established by the family members of Terri Schiavo to protect the rights of people with cognitive disabilities. It has communicated with and supported more than 1,000 families, and has been involved in hundreds of cases since Terri's Death. Terri's Network was the recipient of the Gerard Health Foundation Life Prizes Award for their efforts in protecting the value and dignity of the profoundly brain injured.
You can visit Terri's Network (www.terrisfight.org) to learn more about defending the medically vulnerable. Terri's website provides suggestions for observing Terri's Day and how to get involved.
January 23, 2010
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Concert
Friends, many of you were with us during the battle for Terri Schindler Schiavo's life five years ago. We're delighted that the foundation established in her name continues to the good work and will commemorate her death with a "Life and Hope" concert:
Country Legend Randy Travis Headlines the April 11 show in Indianapolis with Opening Act Collin Raye
The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation is excited to announce the first annual Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Concert to be held at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.Concert details can be found at www.lifeandhopeconcert.org. For information on Terri's Foundation, please visit www.terrisfight.org.
The Media Still Gets it Wrong
"I see that all the time," he continued, " and it simply is not true. They say that she was on artificial life support, without explaining to people what artificial life support means. There's this perception out there that Terri was on a machine - that people like Terri need machines to keep them alive."
August 29, 2009
The Passing of Rober Schindler
We received the sad news that Bob Schindler, father of Terri Schiavo, passed away early this morning:
The family of Robert Schindler, Sr. releases the following statement:We are quite thankful for the courageous stand Bob Schindler took against euthanasia on behalf of his daughter and the disabled. He did not seek the limelight or controversy but responded by virtue of his love for his daughter and understanding of truth and justice.
Join me in praying for his family as they grieve the loss of their father.
March 16, 2009
The Shadowy World of Assisted Suicide
Source: National Right to Life
"Mr. [Derek] Humphry said the network's protocols were deliberately written to avoid illegality. 'The person does everything themselves,' he said. ''They don the hood. They tie it around their neck. They reach forward. They turn on the gas.'''
Quoted in yesterday's New York Times. Humphry is chairman of the "Final Exit Network's" advisory board. The group promotes Humphry's suicide manual, "Final Exit."
Two weeks ago I wrote about "Alleged Assisted Suicide Ring Busted." If you're interested you can find out what my take on the Final Exit Network at http://www.nrlc.org/News_and_Views/Feb09/nv022709.html.
March 15, 2009
New Terri Schiavo Documentary
A new documentary about the life and death of Terri Schiavo presents facts that the mainstream media distorted. Schiavo was killed in a painful starvation and dehydration euthanasia death over the course of nearly two weeks when her former husband won a court order to kill her.
March 4, 2009
DOCUMENTARY OF THE TERRI SCHIAVO CASE EXPLORES IMPORTANT SOCIAL ISSUES OVERLOOKED BY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA