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Terri Schiavo's Siblings to Attend March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Contact: Bobby Schindler, Jr., Terri Schiavo’s brother, Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, 813-766-6239


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 16 / Christian Newswire/ -- In loving memory of their sister, and in support of the medically vulnerable patients, the siblings of Terri Schindler Schiavo will attend the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 2007 and spend the weekend prior to the March speaking out in defense of life at various events.  


“It’s not just about abortion, anymore,” says Terri’s brother, Bobby Schindler, “the culture of death in our nation is threatening the lives of people like my sister through euthanasia.  It is happening quietly every day in nursing homes, hospitals and hospices around our nation.  People need to be aware that this could touch a member of their family at any time.”


This sentiment is echoed in Pope Benedict XVI’s recent message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace. “As far as the right to life is concerned, we must denounce its widespread violation in our society: alongside the victims of armed conflicts, terrorism and the different forms of violence, there are the silent deaths caused by hunger, abortion, experimentation on human embryos and euthanasia.  How can we fail to see in all this an attack on peace?”


In the 22 months since Terri Schiavo’s court-ordered death by dehydration and starvation, her family has worked tirelessly to bring attention to the growing threat of euthanasia.  Through the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, the organization formed initially to save Terri’s life and now runs in her memory, the family works to assist medically vulnerable patients and their families faced with similar life-threatening situations.


“We deal with cases all the time where families are desperately seeking someone – anyone – who can help them deal with medical professionals and facilities that are refusing to provide life-sustaining treatment for their loved ones,” says Suzanne Schindler, Vitadamo, Terri’s sister.  “It is absolutely frightening how often this is happening.  Families need somewhere to turn.”


About the Schindler Family: Mary and Robert Schindler as well as Suzanne Schindler Vitadamo and Bobby Schindler now work for The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation in St. Petersburg, Florida, an organization dedicated to promoting the Culture of Life, embracing the true meaning of compassion by opposing the practice of euthanasia