August 17, 2005
Michael Schiavo Invited to Ethics ConferenceTopics: News
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 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.
Posted by tim at August 17, 2005 12:25 AM
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