Michael Schiavo Attacks Pro-Life Advocates, Says Terri Should Have Died Sooner
- Michael Schiavo Attacks Pro-Life Advocates, Says Terri Should
Have Died Sooner
by Steven Ertelt
May 1, 2006
Philadelphia, PA (LifeNews.com) -- Michael Schiavo told a
bioethics conference at the University of Pennsylvania that he
should have pressed for his former wife Terri's euthanasia death
sooner than he did. He also attacked pro-life advocates who he
says have constantly attacked him and his character.
Michael told those at the conference that bioethicists, church
leaders and other have no right to intervene in a familial
dispute about someone's lifesaving medical treatment.
He said he regretted not speaking out in favor of euthanizing her
''In retrospect, I guess I should have spoken out in the very
beginning, but I had no idea it was going to get so big and that
the other side was going to run away with it,'' he said,
according to an AP report.
Michael also attacked pro-life news services like LifeNews.com
and other pro-life advocates who have closely followed the
difficult plight of Terri's family to prevent their daughter's
painful death and to protect disabled people from a similar fate.
''Every day, the pro-life blogs continue to bash me, as they are
outside today,'' Schiavo said.
In fact, a large contingent of pro-life advocates protested
outside of the University of Pennsylvania campus, host of the
"We are going to this symposium to say that Terri Schiavo did not
die with dignity," Brandi Swindell, director of the youth
pro-life group Generation Life, said about protesting the
conference. "Rather, she died a barbaric death that if she were
an animal would have been against the law."
"The lesson we must learn from Terri's tragic death is that as a
nation we must learn to treat the weakest of our society with
compassion and justice," she added.
The conference, called "The Legacy of the Terri Schiavo Case: Why
is it so hard to die in America" has already come under attack as
a one-sided look at end of life issues.
Edel Finnegan, a spokesperson for the Pro-life Union, a
Pennsylvania-based pro-life group, told LifeNews.com in a
statement, "It is a total outrage that the University of
Pennsylvania is celebrating the cruel murder of Terri Schiavo, an
inspirational and courageous woman."
"The 10th Anniversary Symposium is a one-sided event that
attempts to give credibility to the murderous actions of Michael
Schiavo and Judge Greer," he explained. "We are standing witness
to remember Terri and all the other disabled Americans whose
lives are threatened by activist judges like George Greer and
selfish family members like Michael Schiavo."
Bobby Schindler, Terri's brother, will appear the conference and
protest Greer's appearance, according to a statement sent to
LifeNews.com. He said he was upset that Circuit Court Judge
George Greer, who ordered Terri's euthanasia death at Michael's
request, will address attendees.
"Judge Geers presence at the University of Pennsylvania's
bioethics conference is not only outright offensive and
inappropriate but it is indicative of his own biases against the
disabled," Schindler said.
"We are entitled to a fair and unbiased judiciary," Schindler
added. "Judge Greer is confirming exactly what my family has
maintained from the beginning of Terri's case that he has a
disposition against the vulnerable people whose cases he
The Penn bioethics conference runs from April 30 through May 1
and not only features Greer, but Terri's former husband Michael
Schiavo and Jay Wolfson, appointed as Terri's guardian ad litem
for a short time.
Since Terri's euthanasia death, Schindler and the rest of his
family have headed up the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, a
group to help disabled patients. Bobby and his sister Suzanne
Vitadamo gave her full-time jobs to work at the center.
Meanwhile, Michael formed a political group to target pro-life
lawmakers who sided with Terri's family during the legal battle.
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