Terri Schiavo's Death A "Moral Shame" Says Schindler
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 16, 2005
LARGO, FLORIDA--In a public statement posted on their website, the parents of Terri Schiavo responded Thursday to the official autopsy report released one day earlier.
The Schindler family wrote that they do not question the findings of Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Jon Thogmartin into Terri's March 31 death, but listed a number of comments.
Among those were a reminder that Terri did not die from her brain injury, but from dehydration after her husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo, had her feeding tube removed. They also noted that Terri did not leave any specific written or verbal instructions stating how she would have wanted to die.
"There is absolutely no evidence that Terri wanted to die of dehydration, or that she believed that that the level of one's disability gives anyone the moral and legal right to end another's life."
"The moral shame of what happened is not erased because of Terri's level of disability. No one would say that 'blind people' or 'brain-injured' people should be put to death. That would be an irresponsible and heartless position to take. Tragically, that is what happened to Terri. As a society, it seems that we have lost our compassion for the disabled."
Additionally, the family pointed to a mysterious 70-minute gap between the time Michael Schiavo stated he found Terri unconscious and when he called 911 on February 25, 1990.
Family attorney David Gibbs III said the family is considering legal action, but gave no other details.
"Schiavo Autopsy Fails to Sway Parents" (Associated Press via Washington Post)
"Schiavo findings don't justify 'cruel death'; Religious leaders say 'disabilities never made her less of a person'" (WorldNetDaily)
"Statement of the Schindler Family re: the IMEs report" (Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation)
"Terri Schiavo's Right To Live" (Inclusion Daily Express Archives)