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August 17, 2005

Michael Schiavo Invited to Ethics Conference

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Following his recent public appearance to receive the guardianship of the year award from the Florida State Guardianship Association (more here), Michael Schiavo is participating at an ethics conference. Earlier this year Schiavo won a 12-year legal battle and ended his wife's life by withholding nutrition and hydration.

The meeting will be held at the Hennepin County Medical Center (MN) and is titled, "33 Years of Clinical Ethics in Minnesota: Ron Cranford's Stories of Heroes and Courage."

Cranford is a well-known euthanasia advocate who drew national attention in the Terri Schiavo case by testifying that she was in a persistent vegetative state. Reportedly, he has been on the board of the Euthanasia Society of America, has ties to the Hemlock Society and testified similarly in other cases.

Cranford obviously does have an agenda and has for years been building a case for euthanizing the disabled and afflicted through the removal of feeding tubes.

"...The United States has thousands or tens of thousands of patients in vegetative states; nobody knows for sure exactly how many," Cranford wrote in a 1997 Minneapolis Star Tribune opinion piece titled: When a feeding tube borders on the barbaric. (WorldNetDaily. Com, March 23, 2005). "But before long, this country will have several million patients with Alzheimer's dementia. The challenges and costs of maintaining vegetative state patients will pale in comparison to the problems presented by Alzheimer's disease.

"The answer, he suggested, was physician-assisted suicide."

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The brochure for the upcoming "ethics" conference states that the presentations are focused "on the development of clinical ethics in Minnesota through the words of some of ethic's greatest heroes. "

Cranford will guide attendees through "33 years of progress by way of experiences of professionals and families involved in some of the most visible (and not so visible) cases in American history."

The case of Terri Schiavo is represented as one of the Landmark Right to Die Cases from 1972-2005.

Cross-posted: ProlifeBlogs.com

Posted by tim at August 17, 2005 12:25 AM

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This is hardly surprising. Michael Schiavo and ethics equals an oxymoron.

Posted by: Rick J. G. [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 17, 2005 4:21 AM

Not surprising at all, though absolutely sickening. We have quickly gone down a very dark Orwellian road.

Posted by: CeCe [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 17, 2005 1:53 PM

I think that it is worth mentioning that Jay Wolfson is also one of the speakers. I think that this is more significant since Michael claims to be a man of few words, someone has to right his speech. Will it be written by Jay Wolfson, Cranford or George Felos?

Ethics? Bah!!!

Did you know that Professor Thompson in his ethics class claimed that the class gave Michael Schiavo a report card of B, and the Schindlers a D. You can imagine what kind of ethics these naive students are being taught. The professor even emphasised that the female students said it was ok for Michael Schiavo to commit adultery. They seem to place too much emphasis upon sex and not enough upon what it takes to have a loving faithful marriage. Heaven forbid if they are representative of the bioethicists of the future.

Posted by: Maggie4Life [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 18, 2005 2:26 AM

I plan on being at the BioEthics conference to picket.

Does anyone have any ideas for something to write on my sign. There's ALOT I would like to say so it's hard to decide. Thanks for the ideas.

Posted by: kay [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 18, 2005 8:40 AM

The wolf and the crocodile lecturing on ethical treatment for the lambs.

Dizzying and disgusting. Every such piece of hard news makes me wonder how much lower our fellow humans can fall in the abyss of their baseness. It seems like an endless freefall.

Posted by: Vlad [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 18, 2005 1:28 PM

First, great comments all.

I feel like I am living in an alternate universe. Do people really not GET that we should NOT be killing the disabled? It just keeps getting more bizarre. Her headstone, the Greer award, and now the Guardian of the Year award. Frankly, he should be prosecuted for his blatant disregard of guardianship laws, not to mention her enforced death.

I don't know if I am more profoundly sad, or absolutely confused as to why and what people are thinking. It's a sick, scary world when a guardian who is entrusted to care for someone is allowed to withdraw basic therapies and daily care and cause their death.

Can you imagine how the Schindler's must feel? To not only suffer the death of Terri, but to be belittled for trying to love her despite her disability. My heart breaks for them.

I believe, along with more prayer, I will send a letter to the Florida State Guardianship organization. Thanks for posting the contact info.

Posted by: I hope [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2005 12:21 PM

...and don't let me forget the bio-ethics BS. I think it is a way for people to ease their consciences. Explain it all away as 'ethical'. Seems immoral and unjust to me.

Posted by: I hope [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2005 12:24 PM

"Do people really not GET that we should NOT be killing the disabled? It just keeps getting more bizarre." - No people really don't get it because their beliefs have changed. We have seen a fundamental shift in society's understanding of the dignity of human life. The life of a person with reduced capabilties is viewed as less valuable and, at times, not worth living. So, rather than understanding the inherent and intrinsic value of life that is independent of ability, health status, development, etc. euthanasia activists have promoted, with media assistance, an instrumental view of value and beliefs have changed.

Posted by: tim [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 19, 2005 12:52 PM

I'm glad that Mr. Schiavo is getting some recognition for his long fight to fulfill his wife's end of life wishes.

What part of "I'd never want to live like that" do y'all not lunderstand?


Posted by: Farish [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 21, 2005 12:56 PM


Considering that the only evidence Michael Schiavo had was heresay after YEARS of not remembering it, considering that Michael has a common-law wife at the same time he claimed Terri as his wife, considering the financial benefits he probably has realized as a result of Terri's death, considering that after ALL THESE YEARS he now has decided to sue, as I understand it, Terri's medical care givers, his claim that he was only fulfilling his "wife's" wishes seem very hollow indeed. Sorry, but his recognition is sickening.

Posted by: CeCe [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 21, 2005 7:23 PM

Get the facts straight regarding Terri. Terri was Disabled not PVS. Dr Cranford labled her PVS to push their death agenda forward.

I suggest you visit EmpireJournal.com for the truth. Unless you don't want to believe the truth. The main stream media did not get the facts straight on this story.

It is sickening to think that people think Michael did the loving thing and that's what Terri wanted!

During the trial, before Michael won the lawsuit money, he said he would take care of Terri. Yeah right! He got the money and halted all therapy for Terri. Then he rounded up his death camp friends and began his plan to have Terri murdered.

Who would want to be starved and dehydrated to death? Tell me. Terri's death was not a peaceful death as Felos said it was.

Posted by: kay [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 22, 2005 8:56 AM

Dear Disability and Pro-life Advocates,

My name is Kathy. I live in St. Paul, MN. We are trying to stage a protest of disability advocates at this non-ethical Ethics conference. All are encouraged to attend, and to rent a room for one or both nights at the Hyatt in Minneapolis, Minnseota. Below is a copy and paste of the flier. Email me for a pdf version of the brochure (or google Cranford and Hennepin County Medical Center HCMC), as well as a scholarly journal article on forgoing nutrition and hydration for pediatric patients.

Cranford, Caplan, Schiavo, Felos, (Peter Singer), are all the same. They lack concious and have no Godly meaning of the term "ethics". Their ethics is something they make up. It is what suits them. They assign zero value to a person's life if they have diagnosis of severe cognitive disability or severe brain damage, or profound mental retardation. To them, cognition and sapient beings are what constitutes life or personhood. Singer has said that a turkey or dog's life has more value than a human being with cognitive disability as they are a sapient being.

So, a turkey is of more value than the life of my son who has profound mental retardation.

We need to show a strong voice and stand together. We will not change the views of Cranford, or Caplan, or Singer, or Schiavo, or Felos.... However, there will be attendee's at this thing who may still be influenced. They might have a concious left. I want to make them squirm in the presence of my son and his disabled peers.

Recognition needs to go to people that spend their lives helping and providing care to people with disabilities. Awards and respect should be for neurologists and doctors and husbands and mothers and fathers and wives who spend their time working to make the lives of their disabled loved ones better.

There are non-disabled people who have high IQ's on legal holds in psychiatric units all over this country because they want to commit suicide. Psychiatrists and doctors refuse to allow them suicide as an option, not only do their refuse to allow the person to kill themselves, they refuse to assist in their suicide.

They value non-disabled life, but not a life with disability especially a cognitive impairment.

This non-Ethical conference with Cranford and Schiavo is an assault to all cognitively disabled human beings. It is allowed and celebrated discrimination and prejudice against people with cognitive disabilities.

Please get involved in some way. It is September 22nd, and 23rd, 2005 MPLS, MN.

We need conference attendees to see people with cognitive impairments as human beings with civil rights and protections. Value exists in being a human being that has cognitive and physical disabilities.

Kathy RN 36

Posted by: Kathy RN [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 5, 2005 9:47 AM

Dear Colleague:

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and its Biomedical Ethics Committee invite all caregivers and support personnel to an exciting day of presentations focusing on the development of clinical ethics in Minnesota through the words of some of ethics’ greatest heroes. Ron Cranford will help guide us through 33 years of progress by way of the experiences of professionals and families involved in some of the most visible (and not so visible) cases in American history. Please join us in an opportunity to hear from many pivotal figures in ethics, including:George Annas, Dianne Bartels, Pete Busalacchi, Ron Cranford, Mary Faith Marshall, Steve Miles, Gay Moldow, Tim Quill, Michael Schiavo and Jay Wolfson.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 22 (Pre-conference)

7:00 p.m. Dinner/Tribute/Stories – further details included in confirmation

After dinner speakers – Art Caplan, Larry Nelson, Candy Cranford

Friday, September 23

7:30 – 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 Welcome

Lisa Ellis and Ray Gensinger

8:40 – 9:00 Overview: History of Clinical Ethics in Minnesota

Dianne Bartels and Gay Moldow

9:00 – 10:00 Landmark Right to Die Cases 1972-2005: From Ellison in Minnesota

to Schiavo in Florida

Ron Cranford

10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 12:00 Landmark Cases: The Family Perspective

Christine Busalacchi in Missouri

Pete Busalacchi

Terri Schiavo in Florida

Michael Schiavo and Jay Wolfson

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 Heroes in Ethics:

Situation Ethics and Joe Fletcher

Mary Faith Marshall

Physician Assisted Suicide

Tim Quill

Futility, Wanglie and Medical Professionals at Abu Ghraib

Steve Miles

2:00 – 3:00 Ethics Cases Behind the Scenes: Private Requests for Help

Ron Cranford

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 3:45 Importance of Landmark Cases in American Bioethics

George Annas

3:45 – 4:45 Mistakes, Humor, and Lessons Learned Over 33 Years

Ron Cranford and Guests

4:45 – 5:00 Complete evaluations/Adjourn

Posted by: Kathy RN [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 5, 2005 9:50 AM

Ronald Cranford, MD
33 Years of Clinical Ethics
in Minnesota: Ron Cranford’s
stories of heroes and courage
Hyatt Regency
Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 23, 2005
Pre-Conference Dinner Event
September 22

Posted by: Kathy RN [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 5, 2005 9:51 AM