By Dave Andrusko
All week National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias has called on her listener to remember the court-ordered starvation and dehydration death of Terri Schiavo seven years ago, truly a watershed moment in our nation’s history. Millions of people suddenly faced the grim reality that we are willing to treat those with disabilities as if they are expendable.
What Mrs. Tobias has done in her previous broadcasts this week was to outline how our society
“had already paved the way for Terri’s death with years of legal maneuverings that left the value of vulnerable patients like Terri open to interpretation based on some archaic so-called ‘quality of life’ ethic that has slowly weaved its way into the fabric of our society. At the same time, that so-called ethic has been used to create a legal precedent for depriving disabled patients of food and water.”
And this tragic truth must be remembered. To keep that flame alive, The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network has dedicated March 31st – the anniversary of Terri’s death–as “Terri Schindler Schiavo Day.”
There are many ways Terri’s family recommends individuals and churches use the day – and surrounding days – to help make others aware of the right to life. Mrs. Tobias says, “Activities Terri’s family recommends are spending time with disabled friends or relatives, volunteering at a nursing home or hospital, writing letters to the editor in remembrance of Terri and filling out a Will to Live.”
For those who may not know the “The Will to Live” is a pro-life living will developed by National Right to Life in the early 90s. The difference from many “living wills” is that it makes a presumption for life-saving medical treatment. (You can download the living will for your state at www.nrlc.org/MedEthics/WilltoLiveProject.html.)
Mrs. Tobias ends today’s broadcast at www.prolifeperspective.com by reminding us that Terri’s death was a tragedy that should never have happened.
“In videos of Terri released by her family, it is clear that Terri was very much alive. CNN correspondent Jeff Greenfield captured what we all felt watching the videos of Terri. He said: ‘And this is what has given that videotape such potency. If there’s any doubt at all, the argument goes, you must resolve it on behalf of life. Whatever the medical facts, it is not hard to understand why the average person looking at those images sees them as at least raising doubt.’”
Honoring Terri’s memory gives us a chance to change our culture by changing hearts and minds.
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