Saturday, July 15, 2006

Schiavo Demands Apology in Colorado (Sent by Ford, RN)

Another email sent to me:

Subject: Schiavo Demands Apology! What about his apology to Terri?

Click here: Denver Daily News

Schiavo demands apology
DENVER (AP) — More than a year after winning a bruising battle to disconnect his brain-damaged wife from a feeding tube, Michael Schiavo brought his campaign against government intrusion to Colorado Wednesday, demanding an apology from a Republican congresswoman he accused of interfering in his family’s decision.

Schiavo, whose wife, Terri, died in March 2005 after a seven-year court and political battle that reached Capitol Hill, has formed a political action committee and has targeted races in Colorado, Florida and Texas.

He came to Colorado to support two Democratic candidates for the U.S. House, including Angie Paccione, who is challenging Rep. Marilyn Musgrave. Musgrave spoke last year on the floor of the House against allowing Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube to be removed.

“I want to ask Marilyn Musgrave who gave her the right to speak about Terri,” Schiavo said. “Who gave her the authority to bring Congress into my family decisions?”

He said most Americans disagree with what Musgrave did and believe politicians should stay out of family decisions.

“I think Marilyn Musgrave should apologize, not just to me but to the people who voted for her, people who sent her to congress to run the country, not our personal lives,” he said.

He also delivered a letter to her field office in Loveland.

Musgrave, who represents Colorado’s fourth district, spanning eastern and northeastern areas of the state, issued a written statement saying, “I have only compassion for Michael and Terri’s family, and all those who have lost a loved one.”

Pat Anderson, a Florida attorney who represented Terri Schiavo’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, for three years and remains in regular contact with them said she found Michael Schiavo’s political campaigning offensive.

“Somebody needs to tell this guy his 15 minutes of fame are up,” she said.

Colorado GOP chairman Bob Martinez criticized Schiavo’s involvement in Colorado, especially his planned fundraiser Thursday for Peggy Lamm, a Democrat seeking a seat from the 7th Congressional District.

“I can’t help but believe that the majority of Coloradans were appalled to learn that Michael Schiavo is helping political candidates profit off his wife’s death,” Martinez said in a news release.

Lamm issued a statement Wednesday saying she was proud of Schiavo’s support.

“He wouldn’t even be here if it weren’t for the shameful way the Schiavos were treated by the Bush Administration and the Republicans in Congress,” she said.

Paccione welcomed Schiavo’s support and vowed to fight government involvement in private lives.

“The government has really overstepped its bounds in invading our privacy, in our bedrooms, in our medical decisions, on our phone lines, and it’s time for the government to stop doing that,” she said. “Michael puts a human face on this congressional invasion of privacy.”

Terri Schiavo collapsed in 1990, her heart stopped and she suffered what doctors said was irreversible brain damage that left her in a permanent vegetative state.

Michael Schiavo said his wife told him she wouldn’t want to be kept alive artificially, and in 1998 he asked a court to allow her feeding tube to be removed. Her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, fought the request through a series of courts. Michael Schiavo won final approval to remove the tube in 2005.

At 43, Schiavo has remarried and continues to work as a nurse at a Florida jail. He co-authored a book, “Terri: The Truth” and said he is determined to develop his political career.

He also formed a PAC that has raised about $25,000 and contributed to candidates in seven races. Lamm’s campaign received a $1,000 donation and PAC director Derek Newton said while the PAC and Schiavo endorse Paccione, a donation has not yet been delivered to the campaign.

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Cheryl Ford, RN ( is not affiliated with any other group and works to protect the rights of the disabled community

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Blogger nissa annakindt said...

Every time I hear about the murder of Terri Schiavo I feel like I just woke up in Nazi Germany.

After what the Nazis did to disabled people, how can anyone --- liberal or conservative --- support this kind of killing?

Saying that the disabled person would not have wanted to live is bunk. When a valued person--- such as a healthy but depressed teen with 'everything to live for' --- tries to commit suicide, we don't 'respect their wishes'. We save them whether they like it or not!

Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 8:18:00 AM CDT  
Blogger WICatholic said...

I am afraid it will get much worse as time goes by and my generation grows to my mother's age. Mom will die a natural death. I told her 25 years ago based on what I was seeing happening, my generation wouldn't.

Terri was not dying, but was disabled. Not on any life support. Food and water only, via that tube. Took only a few minutes a day, a few times per day.

She was a human being who had dignity solely by the fact that she was a human being, and did not deserve to be court-ordered to die without a drop of water.

I agree with you, completely!

God bless! And thanks for stopping by again!

Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 9:27:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Layer Seven said...

From 1992 until her death, Michael Schiavo abused his "legal" wife with denial of medical treatment, sensory deprivation, and denial of legally required rehabilitative therapy, all with the assistance of Florida. Based on this well-documented treatment of his wife, it is no great leap to suspect that Michael caused Terri's condition. In fact, there is no other logical explanation for it, since bulimia, electrolyte imbalance, or heart attack did not occur, as determined at autopsy.

In any other county in the nation, except Pinellas, Florida, Schiavo would have been investigated and likely prosecuted for the abuse of his wife.

Wrongful death action should be pursued against Schiavo and Florida. Justice must be served, finally.

Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 10:29:00 AM CDT  
Blogger WICatholic said...

I agree with you, but am not sure it will ever happen.

Sadly, this will get worse instead of better. Until He returns, we need to stay active in defending our disabled and our ill, as well as our elderly, unborn, life in general. And most important, keep on praying.

God bless!

Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 5:08:00 PM CDT  
Blogger airforcewife said...

Dr. Death, I mean, Jack Kevorkian refuses suicide as an option even though he is failing and in worse shape than some of the people he murdered.

I'll bet Michael Schiavo would, too.

Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 6:51:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Seventh Layer said...

Here's the problem I have.

The GREATEST possible triumph for the entire right-to-life community would be to establish that Terri's death was not according to law (which it was not).

Someday, I hope to understand why the right-to-life community does not perceive this as a crucial opportunity.

I have never thought of myself as a "right to lifer", but Terri's murder has changed that.

Just some open thoughts for you to kick around.

Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 7:55:00 PM CDT  
Blogger WICatholic said...

I know many of us who agree with you! I am glad that you have seen the evil for what it is, and changed your mind. I am in agreement with you, and also hope that this same victory you speak of is a reality!!

Glad you came back!

God bless!

Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 9:28:00 PM CDT  
Blogger WICatholic said...

Oh, AFWife! I had not thought of him in a very long time. You are right, he has. He instead opts for an early release.

I have often wondered what MS would do, but you are probably correct. Worse, I fear for Jodi, should SHE become ill.

Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 9:35:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Honora said...

Or their children. A priest in Italy told me the name Schiavo means "slave man".. indeed, Schiavo doesn't yet realize that he's a willing pawn in some minion's control. But he will.

Monday, July 17, 2006 at 8:50:00 AM CDT  
Blogger WICatholic said...


You are right, save his full repentance. Sadly, it may have to be public, since his actions were public. I always have to keep in mind my own culpability for my actions in order to remind myself that we are all sinners. Yet there is a difference when it comes to one of His "Little Ones", which to me includes the disabled, the ill, the elderly, as well as the children (preborn and born).

But I also think of the children often.

God bless!!

Monday, July 17, 2006 at 7:34:00 PM CDT  

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