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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