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Terri Schindler: a year’s agony

One year ago today, Terri Schindler (Schiavo) began the slow and agonizing path of starvation and dehydration, as the nutrition tube was removed from her body. Terri, as you hopefully recall, was brain-damaged and in hospice. Sadly, some of the very persons who should have sought to preserve her life actually fought to end it. Her husband (whose hopes to move on with his adulterous life were more important than the life of his wife) had convinced a morally bankrupt Florida judge to order the starvation of Terri.

While American citizens watched on television, listened by radio, and read by Internet, the legal battle was fought to the very end. Terri’s parents and siblings made every possible legal effort to save her from the cruel and unusual death she suffered. Despicably, those intent on murder were successful in their quest. Despite rumblings from President George Bush, the U.S. Congress, the Florida legislature, and Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the conspirators of disaster worked their wileful deed. As Terri lay conscious, painfully aware that she was thirsting to death, her husband and his attorneys congratulated themselves on their endeavor.

Although this situation seems reminiscent of a horror story, it actually happened. The events played out publicly in Pinellas Park, Florida. Millions of Americans were aware of the sadistic state-sanctioned murder of this innocent woman. Thousands gathered outside the hospice where Terri lay dying; they were there to encourage her parents and siblings, to pray for God’s intervention, to seek justice from the secular authorities. Press conferences were called; demonstrations were held; prayer gatherings were organized; public and private entreatments for intervention were proffered. Sadly, the deed was begun and carried to its end.

A year ago, I wrote some things about this harsh event. I was present for a few days at the concentration camp hospice where Terri was incarcerated. The local police were out in force to ensure that no one carried food or water to Terri. They were also present in her room to ensure that she be allowed to die the unnatural death that was inflicted upon her. I saw a few familiar faces among the crowds, and met many common citizens who came to weep and pray.

I will offer a few more reflections over the coming days. Terri should long be remembered. She should be remembered because she is one of God’s children, valuable simply because she was created by him. She should be remembered because she was a public sacrifice for the seared conscience of an increasingly godless people. Let us not forget Terri Schindler, the lady who was butchered by the blood-stained hands of politically powerful reprobates.

Alabama Clergy Council Resolution About Terri Schiavo

The Alabama Clergy Council adopted the following resolution in recognition of the plight of the family of Terri Schiavo and the sanctity of life.


ALABAMA CLERGY COUNCIL
RESOLUTION
TERRI SCHIAVO AND THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

Whereas Terri Schiavo, a forty-one year-old, disabled woman, currently residing in Pinellas Park, Florida, is now being starved to death; and

Whereas, many medical doctors agree that she is not in a persistent vegetative state and that she can possibly improve with therapy; and

Whereas, the President of the United States, George W. Bush, has stated publicly that in such cases, and in this case in particular, it is best to err on the side of life; and

Whereas, the Alabama Clergy Council values the sanctity of all human life and affirms that the rights and liberty of mankind come from the hand of Almighty God, not from the will of any government, constitution, or creed; and

Whereas, God has created all of mankind in his image; be it therefore

Resolved that the Board of Directors of the Alabama Clergy Council, joins with millions of others, including the National Clergy Council, the Florida Clergy Council, and the parents of Terri Schiavo, Bob and Mary Schindler, in pleading for Terri’s life; and be it further

Resolved that President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush are encouraged to intervene and have Terri’s feeding tube reinstated; and be it finally

Resolved that copies of this resolution be distributed to concerned parties and others so that our position be clearly understood and that others of faith are spurred to action.

In News From the Starvation Front…

Leaders of several national organizations will hold press conferences in Washington, DC and Tallahassee, FL at 12 p.m. EST tomorrow. They will call on President George Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush to use their executive powers to protect Terri Schiavo from starvation.

Among those to speak:

  • Dr. Paul Schenck, National Pro-Life Action Center on Capitol Hill
  • Stephen G. Peroutka, Esq., Face the Truth TV & Radio
  • Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, Human Life International
  • Michael A. Peroutka, Esq., Institute on the Constitution
  • Rev. Greg Cox, Faith and Action
  • Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
  • Rev. Stephen Cox, Gospel of Life Ministries
  • Rev. John Vandenberge, National Clergy Council

The staff at RenewAmerica have posted an article placing the buck exactly where it should be: Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Speaking of Gov. Bush, I received this reply to an email I sent him last week concerning Terri.

Thank you for contacting Governor Bush to ask for his help in the case of Terri Schiavo. He has asked me to respond on his behalf.

The Governor shares your concern for this young woman and has pledged to do whatever he can within the laws of Florida to protect her life. The next few weeks will be very difficult ones for Ms. Schiavo, her family and all of those who care about her. The Governor asks that you keep her and her family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Again, thank you for writing Governor Bush about this important issue.

Sincerely,

L. O’Connor
Office of Citizens’ Services

There is still much the governor can do that is within the laws of Florida. But, even if the law did say that women should be starved to death, the governor should stand against it. No law can make right what God has declared wrong.

A blogging doctor notes multiple serious unanswered questions about Terri’s medical diagosis based on the CT scan.

And, someone points out the hypocrisy of a rancher’s arrest that occurred last week in Florida as compared with Terri’s case. The man’s crime? Starving his cows. Read the news story.

Finally, the Rev. Robert Johansen has written a critical review of Terri’s medical diagnosis. He points out the fact that the so-called expert medical witness in Terri’s case only spent a few hours evaluating her condition. That doctor has also previously diagnosed patients as being in persistent vegetative state who could physically maneuver their own wheelchairs or follow instructions to sort sizes and colors.

This house of cards we live in–how long before it falls?

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.