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February 18, 2005

Breaking: CWA Calls on Michael Schiavo: Let Terri Live

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Very Good News ! This is one of the groups that we needed to have involved.

- via Email from Bobby Schindler

Concerned Women for America, the nation's largest public policy women's organization CWA), joins with Terri Schindler-Schiavo's family today to urge Terri's husband Michael Schiavo to let Terri live rather than ordering her feeding tube removed, as he has vowed to do on February 22.

Recent news that Sarah Scantlin, the Kansas woman who regained her speech after she was left severely brain-damaged when hit by a drunk driver 20 years ago, is evidence that Terri Schiavo's life must be preserved.

"Scantlin's doctors have been unable to explain the woman's sudden breakthrough after two decades of silence, proving that this kind of recovery has not been sufficiently researched," said Wendy Wright, CWA's senior policy director. "Who is to say that Terri, who has been in her disabled condition for 15 years, cannot have a similar experience? If Michael Schiavo were truly motivated by what is best for his wife, he would be finding hope in the Scantlin story and calling for further investigation into his wife's possible recovery.

"Instead, Michael has spent a large legal settlement, which he won by claiming that he would care for Terri, by fighting for the right to starve her to death," said Wright. "These funds should have been used for rehabilitative services, like speech therapy. Now, apart from legal intervention, Michael will likely order his wife's feeding tube removed, causing her to die a horrifying death of dehydration and starvation.

"Even those who are dependent on others for basic physical needs such as food and water, like Terri, deserve to live. We appeal to Michael to have mercy and grant his wife these basic needs."

One more time - Concerned Women for America is the nation's largest public policy women's organization. At least the tide is flowing in the right direction.

Cross-posted at Hyscience

Posted by richard at February 18, 2005 5:08 PM

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