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March 31, 2006

Schindlers Mark Terri's Death With New Disabled Group

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Family members of the late Terri Schindler Schiavo commemorated the anniversary of her death, which is today, and announced the creation of a foundation in her name to combat euthanasia.

The foundation's mission will be to eliminate the persistent vegetative state, the condition that doctors said Mrs. Schiavo was in, as a diagnosis for patients, said her brother Bobby Schindler.

But the foundation, which also will have a separate lobbying organization, will seek to have feeding tubes classified as ordinary care for hospital patients and to make people aware of the need to have advance directives or living wills in case they cannot communicate their wishes late in life.

"We lost in our battle to save Terri, but we believe it is incumbent upon us to save the lives of others from this culture of euthanasia and choosing death instead of life," said her mother.

Mrs. Schiavo's parents, Robert and Mary, her brother and sister Suzanne Schindler-Vitadamo yesterday spoke of their work in the past year to build support for the foundation and the book they have authored on Mrs. Schiavo's life: "A Life that Matters: The Legacy of Terri Schiavo -- a Lesson for Us All," the proceeds from which will be donated to the foundation.

Washington Times

Posted by tim at March 31, 2006 3:51 AM

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