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In Memory of Terri Schindler-Schiavo

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Terri Foundation Rallies Against Judge Greer

Statement of Bobby Schindler, the brother of the late Terri Schindler Schiavo on behalf of the Schindler family and the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation Center for Healthcare Ethics:

I am here today at the University of Pennsylvania to speak out against the participation of Pinellas County probate court Judge George Greer in the University's so-called ‘Bioethics symposium.’ Our family publicly stated for years that Judge Greer has a pro-euthanasia, pro-death bias, which tempered his decisions in my sister’s case and caused him to unethically, immorally and illegally ordered her to die.

For Judge Greer to speak on ‘The Legacy of the Terri Schiavo Case’ at a one-sided pro-death gathering without an opposing view or organized rebuttal is not only unethical for a sitting judge who still oversees precisely this type of case, it is a callous disregard for the preamble to the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct which says that our legal system is based on the principle that an independent, fair and competent judiciary will interpret and apply the laws that govern us. Judge Greer's participation in this event should cause fear and trembling for any disabled or vulnerable person whose fate is decided in his court.

How can any citizens of Florida have confidence that Judge Greer will remain unbiased now that he is on the speaking circuit justifying the killing of an innocent, disabled woman without any proof of her consent? Will he continue to play God and decree that all persons like my sister die by thirst and starvation?

Canon 2 of the Florida Judicial Code says, ‘a judge shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all the judge's activities. A judge shall respect and comply with the law and shall act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.’

Judge Greer's appearance here today certainly shows his bias against the disabled. He makes a mockery of the entire judicial system.

Does George Greer know the Law or is he so callous that he and his cohorts believe he is above the law?

While canon 4 would allow Judge Greer to participate in quasi-judicial activities involving the law, the code requires that such an event should not cast reasonable doubt on the judges' capacity to remain impartial. For George Greer to speak at an event where Michael Schiavo, Jay Wolfson, Dr. Cranford, Ms. Labyak, and others are appearing leaves little, if any doubt on how biased Greer is toward the disabled and his advocacy of promoting dehydration and starvation for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

We would urge that the Judicial Qualifications Commission review Judge Greer's activities both within and outside the State of Florida for the sake of other vulnerable persons that may have to appear before him.

Those of us with the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation Center for Healthcare Ethics and my family are outraged at Judge Greer's participation in today's event and the appearance of bias he has perpetuated. The whole world has watched the actions of George Greer, and we believe history will one day record that his court gravely violated the law in my sister's case, committing judicial homicide.

Christian Wire Service

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Law Did Not Work--Thoughts on Andrea Clark and Yenlang Vo

Jerri Lynn Ward, attorney for Andrea Clark's family writes about the flawed Texas Futile Care Statute, which nearly ended the lives of two clients.

Jerri writes, "For two weeks I have carried responsibility in the legal realm for the lives of two women whom attending physicians and ethics committees have decided should not receive life-sustaining treatment. This has been a heavy burden--although I cannot compare my ordeal to that of the families and patients."

"The reality [re: Texas Futile Care Statuted] is that once a hospital labels a patient as a futile case, other hospitals will rarely, if at all, take the patient. Specialty hospitals (long-term acute care hospitals) will not take them because the patient has no discharge plan (plan for going to a lower level of care) A person that a hospital has written off as futile is not going to have a discharge plan. A nursing home, more likely than not, will have insufficient resources (dialysis and respirator care for instance) to care for such patients."

"The Texas Statute, at the heart of all this, came about because the hospitals begin, independently, to create protocols for withdrawing treatment during the early to mid 1990's--there is an article in a 1996 JAMA issue about that. A coalition of doctors and hospitals came up with a Bill that would give health providers immunity or "safe harbor" from lawsuits or criminal and licensure liability if the provider followed the ethics committee protocol. The bill gave only 3 days for a transfer."

Texas Advance Directives Blog

Monday, May 01, 2006

Michael Schiavo Attacks Pro-Life Advocates

Says Terri Should Have Died Sooner

from Lifesite News

"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."

"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."

Lifesite News

Battle cry for culture of life success

Kevin Fobbs, host of the Kevin Fobbs Show, urges all citizens who value life in all its stages to stand up for Terri Schinder-Schiavo's legacy and for the Culture of Life.

"I know you are amazed that we often are told we can't do anything about winning the war for the culture of life, our own American culture that is unique in the world. I have even heard such pronouncements from close friends who would rather shout at the darkness at the "MoveOn.orgs" and their ilk complaining how many millions are spent by these organizations that fully embrace and exalt a death culture than do something so simple as paying the cost of a few movie rentals to join in with millions of their fellow Americans to stop the Culture of Death right in its tracks."

"I say we must stop the death culture in America by standing up for Terri Schiavo's legacy and for the Culture of Life because the gun is fully loaded and pointed at our children, at our parents, at our siblings, at our wives and at our loved ones."

Read the entire commentary at Renew America

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Judge Greer joins death advocates at bioethics confab

The probate judge who ordered the dehydration death of brain-injured Terri Schiavo will join Michael Schiavo and other key proponents of her death as a guest speaker at a bioethics conference.

Florida Circuit Court Judge George Greer on Monday will address attendees of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics 10th anniversary symposium, entitled "The legacy of the Terri Schiavo case: Why is it so hard to die in America?"

Greer intends to speak to the need for courts, not legislators, to decide the fate of incapacitated individuals like the 41-year-old Florida woman whose husband obtained Greer's authority to remove her feeding tube and cause her death, over the objections of Terri's parents and siblings.

His remarks will serve as a long-awaited public response to the unprecedented intervention by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the Florida Legislature, Congress and President Bush to forestall his court order pending further investigation into the case.

"There are reasons courts make decisions when there are disputes," Greer told the St. Petersburg Times last month. "That's what courts are for."

World Net Daily

Friday, April 28, 2006

Family of Terri Schiavo Expresses Alarm at Actions of Judge Greer

Judge George Greer to Discuss Schiavo Case at University of Pennsylvania Bioethics Conference.

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, April 28 /Christian Wire Service/ -- The surviving family of Terri Schiavo, the disabled Florida woman who died in 2005 of marked dehydration, are expressing their alarm at the participation of Circuit George W. Greer at the University of Pennsylvania’s 10th Anniversary Symposium at the Center for Bioethics.

The symposium, titled The Legacy of the Terri Schiavo Case: Why is it so hard to die in America runs April 30th and May 1st with speakers to include Michael Schiavo, Dr. Jay Wolfson, Dr. Ronald Cranford and presiding Florida Circuit Judge George W. Greer.

Bobby Schindler, Terri’s brother and advocate with the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation Center for Health Care Ethics, will be protesting Judge Geer’s presence on the panel, 10:30 am, Monday, May 1 outside of the University of Pennsylvania’s Biomedical Research Building.

"Judge Geer’s 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, and may well be in violation of Florida’s judicial canons as prescribed by the Supreme Court of the State of Florida," says Schindler.

"We are entitled to a fair and unbiased judiciary. 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 controls.

"Judges are duty-bound to be an unbiased, fair finder of fact, not an advocate of the ‘right-to-die’ movement. Judge Geer is not retired. He is a seated judge who still hears guardianship and life/death cases in the probate court. Do you want him sitting in judgment of you or your loved ones’ life?"

About the Schindler Family:

Mary and Robert Schindler as well as Suzanne Schindler Vitadamo and Bobby Schindler now work full time for The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation Center for Health Care Ethics in St. Petersburg, Florida, an organization dedicated to ensuring the rights of disabled, elderly and vulnerable citizens against care rationing, euthanasia and medical killing.


More time given for severely ill patient on life support

(4/28/06 - AUSTIN, TX) - Officials at an Austin hospital have agreed to extend a deadline to stop treatment for a severely ill patient whose family wants to keep her alive.

Vo's daughter, LoAnn Trinh, said the family's goal is to get Vo stabilized so she can be taken home.

"She is not brain dead," Trinh said. "To pull someone off life support would be cruel and unusual."

The hospital was acting under a 1999 state law that allows it to discontinue life-sustaining treatment for terminal patients as long as its ethics committee determines the case is futile and gives the patient's family 10 days notice to find another facility.

Read the article here

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Family scrambles to save sick mother

Has until Sunday to move mom, get new doc – or hospital pulls plug

World Net Daily reports that Andrea Smith's family has until Sunday to find another hospital for their mother.

A Texas family is working feverishly to transfer their ill mother from a Houston, Texas, hospital where an ethics committee has ruled the facility will stop life-sustaining treatment, including a ventilator, if the woman is not moved or does not get a new physician by Sunday.

As WorldNetDaily reported, Andrea Clark is scheduled to be on the receiving end of a Texas law that allows a hospital ethics committee to terminate care with 10 days' notice – this despite the fact the 54-year-old is not in a coma, is not brain dead and wants to go on living, her family says.

Read the article here

The Polls & What People "Really" Think

Carrie Hutchins, former law enforcement officer and fighter against the culture of death, wrote the following commentary on the bias of polls.

Maybe there was a time that polls were actually representative of what the people were thinking. Maybe. Who knows. But if there was such a time -- it has long gone by the wayside. Today, we have self-serving polls that are designed to bring about the results wished by the creator. Just ask the question correctly and one shall have the viewpoint sought to supposedly prove his/her point of view. Use created results to gain support and it is proven once again -- the world has fallen into a state of madness.

Let's talk about a poll question that asks if a wife should be able to end life support for her husband. Should it be her decision or that of his children from a previous marriage?

Read her commentary here

Terri Schiavo’s brother makes plea for a ‘pro-life’ culture

A year after the media whirlwind has mostly settled, Schindler is still frustrated at politicians who preach life, then offer little support for national health care like Medicaid and Medicare.

“The Republicans aren’t helping the disabled,” he said, referring to recent heath care cuts on both the state and national level. “When I hear pro-life Republicans, I question if they’re really pro-life.”

Read the entire article here

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Schiavo's kin join Poutre debate

April 25, 2006

"The family of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman at the heart of a divisive right-to-die case that ended with her death last year, is urging Governor Mitt Romney to tighten regulations of end-of-life cases in Massachusetts."

Read the article at the Boston Globe

Urgent Action Needed for Andrea Clark

Blogs for Terri posted this action report for Andrea Clark, the woman whose life support will be removed by a Houston hospital.

"Last night we [Blogs for Terri] posted on the incredible application of a Texas law by St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas to use their "ethics" (sic) committee to essentially committ murder. The situation is critical and requires an all-out no-stops media blitz. Until a few days ago, when the physicians decided to increase her pain medication and anesthetize her into unconsciousness, Andrea was fully able to make her own medical decisions and had decided that she wanted life saving treatment until she dies naturally."

"Urgent help is needed from bloggers and blog readers. Please, immediately contact the hospital by telephone and email, and advise them of your horror that a faith-based hospital that supposedly respects life would act so irresponsibly as to put dollars before a patients life, etc."

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
6720 Bertner Ave.
Houston, TX 77030
Main hospital telephone number - 832-355-1000

Blogs for Terri

Hospital to 'kill' sick woman?

Ethics committee votes to pull the plug against family's wishes

World Net Daily reports that a hospital in Houston, Texas will remove life support from a disabled woman even though she is not in a coma, is not brain dead, and her family wants to take care of her.

"On April 30, Andrea Clark is scheduled to be on the receiving end of a Texas law that allows a hospital ethics committee to terminate care with 10 days' notice, giving the patient's family that length of time to find a different facility."

Read the entire article here

Friday, April 21, 2006

Bush Counsel Asks DOH To Revisit Schiavo Nursing License

June Maxam, publisher of the North Country Gazette, writes that Michael Schiavo falsified applications for guardianship and his job as nurse at the Pinellas County Jail.

"While Florida Governor Jeb Bush conducted a dog and pony show claiming that he tried to save her life, the sincerity and earnestness of his actions is seriously tarnished by his inane act of calling a news conference to announce his intent to enter into the Woodside Hospice to take the vulnerable adult into protective custody. Had he earnestly had an intent to save the incapacitated woman’s life, he would have quietly performed his constitutional duty."

North Country Gazette

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Terri Schiavo's brother says not all was reported

Bobby Schindler, Terri's younger brother, spoke at Ripton College in Milwaukee on April 18th.

Q. Why did you and your parents write "The Legacy of Terri Schiavo - A Lesson for us All?"

A. There was a lot of media exposure regarding Terri's case, and a lot of people had the perception that they knew all about it. It's impossible to really understand the complexity of Terri's case by watching it on the news. Our family really felt it was important to write a book to explain a lot of things that were happening that the press didn't report.

Click here for the article.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

On a sprig of hyssop

From Renew America

"At the end of last month, we observed the first anniversary of the death by starvation/dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo. For me and for many, however, this horrific event will always be associated with the Easter triduum, whenever it crops up on the calendar. I suspect that Judge Greer wanted it this way. Why else was there such insistence on removing the tube exactly when it was removed, if not to accentuate the deicidal intent of every attempt on innocent human life?"

To read the entire commentary, click here

Monday, April 10, 2006

Time To Unseal The Schiavo Financial Records

June Maxam, publisher of the North Country Gazette, asks why the mainstream media refuses to ask Michael Schiavo hard questions about his mishandling of Terri's guardianship funds.

"It’s way past time to make Michael Schiavo accountable, to stop allowing him to get away with unsubstantiated hearsay. The media and public should demand that the cabal of Michael Schiavo, his attorneys and Judge George Greer open those sealed financial records of Terri Schiavo’s trust fund and show us the money trail, prove to us that 98% of the money awarded for the rehabilitation and therapy of his ward was used for her care and therapy as he claims."

"At this point Michael Schiavo apparently thinks he can lie with impunity because he knows the evidence which will prove he’s lying has been sealed by the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Pinellas County and Judge George Greer, the judge which acted as the executioner of Terri Schiavo."

Read June Maxam's article at North Country Gazette