Protections at Risk for the Disabled, Chronically Ill, and Elderly
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 31, 2016 (Cincinnati, OH): Eleven years ago today, Terri Schindler Schiavo died under much publicized circumstances, after being disabled in 1990 from a neurological injury caused by lack of oxygen to the brain.
Terri was 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 is an example of mounting insensitivity to humane care for the disabled, chronically ill, and elderly,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.
“Protections for the medically vulnerable are under assault as we saw California recently legalize assisted suicide, New York state now being heavily lobbied to do so, and other states next to be targeted, including Ohio.”
Note: A MOLST (medical orders for life sustaining treatment) bill has been introduced in Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee. Such bills have pro-euthanasia origins and can be a prelude to assisted suicide legislation.
See the printable, two-sided action brochure Protecting Life Till Last Breath, for further information to oppose Ohio MOLST.