Remember the Medically Vulnerable
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 28, 2015 (Cincinnati, OH): Ten years ago, Terri Schindler Schiavo was dying under much publicized circumstances. In 1990, at the age of 26, Terri suffered cardio-respiratory arrest. She was diagnosed with a neurological injury caused by lack of oxygen to the brain, placed on a ventilator, but soon able to breathe on her own. She remained profoundly disabled, but not dying, and was provided a PEG tube to receive food and water. March 31, 2005, amidst international controversy and under court order at the demand of her husband, Terri died of severe dehydration after more than 13 days without food or water.
“Terri’s needless death is a shameful record in our nation’s history,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.
“The gift of life is beautiful and true, and we are most human as we meet the challenges to care for and protect those entrusted to us, regardless of ability or disability.”
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Archbishop Charles Chaput will celebrate a 5 p.m. Memorial Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following the Mass, the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network will hold a 10-year memorial Life & Hope Award Gala at the Union League of Philadelphia.
Please remember Terri and all our medically vulnerable brothers and sisters in danger of being killed by dehydration and starvation.
Churches are invited to hold memorial services to honor the dignity of every human life, despite any disability or disease.
And educational institutions are asked to help dispel the myths and inaccuracies about Terri’s life and death, and to provide factual information on the rights of the disabled.