Terri Schiavo – One Year Ago Today

31 03 2006


Open Crosspost Memorial for Terri Schiavo at Stop The ACLU and Blogs For Terri Blogburst

We all remember Terri today. One year ago today she succumbed to 13 days of forced dehydration and starvation by court order. Her death became a cause for many, including a president and a pope. She opened our hearts, and became a national crisis and controversy. Her cause lives on in our hearts.

WND gives us a nice memorial and update on the family:

One year after the death of Terri Schiavo, her family who fought for seven years in court to keep her alive is not giving up its battle against euthanasia.

Parents Robert and Mary Schindler, along with brother Bobby Schindler and sister Suzanne Vitadamo have developed two separate organizations devoted to activism on behalf of the disabled.

Bobby Schindler is running the Terri Schindler Schiavo Center for Health Care Ethics in Washington, D.C., and his parents and sister are in charge of the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation.

The Schindlers sat down for an interview recently with Anita Crane, editor of Celebrate Life magazine.

“I want to bring pro-life groups and disabled groups together – like they came together for my sister – to change public policy,” Bobby Schindler said. “The disabled community has such powerful influence on public policy that we have to have them working with us.”

Mary Schindler said the family’s pastor at the time did support them, but Bobby added they were told their bishop, Robert Lynch, had “instructed diocesan priests not to mention Terri’s name from the pulpit.”

“A few friendly priests told us that,” he told Celebrate Life. “And the lack of support continues to this day – we just found out that the Diocese of Saint Petersburg let Michael Schiavo marry in the Catholic Church.”

Schiavo, while still married to Terri, lived with fiancé Jodi Centonze for 10 years before Terri’s death and had two children by her.

Bobby Schindler said it’s “scandalous” for Michael Schiavo to be married in the Catholic Church after that and his denial of Terri’s right to receive Mass.

“We got tens of thousands of condolence cards from people, but none from bishops,” he said.

The family’s new book, “A Life That Matters: The Legacy of Terri Schiavo,” documents the family’s struggle through Mary.

“It’s the story of a family who fought – like any family would – to keep our daughter alive,” Mary Schindler said.

If you have a post remembering Terri, please share it with us. Consider this an open post in honor of Terri. An attempt to gather as many links honoring her as we can today. May her cause live on in all of our hearts!

A Tic In The Mind’s Eye linked with: Terri’s Day
A Lady’s Ruminations linked with: Remembering Terri

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