November 28th, 2007 07:11 EST
Terri Schiavo's Brother Meets with Governor Mitt Romney
The brother of Terri Schiavo, Robert Schindler Jr., met with Massachusetts' Governor Mitt Romney just prior to the Republican Presidential Debate to be held tonight, Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 8:00 pm EST in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Given that the Presidential candidates are repeatedly asked to comment on the circumstances and outcome of Terri Schiavo's case, Mr. Schindler sent a letter to every candidate requesting a meeting to discuss the implications of Terri's case on the right to life of people living with disabilities. Presently, Governor Romney is the only candidate to accept the invitation for a meeting. ( Read letter here)
The meeting had a two-fold purpose:
First, to discuss the media's distortions of Terri's actual medical condition and the dangers that this misinformation poses to our country today.
Secondly, to specifically address the plight of people with disabilities who are gravely concerned about being denied basic medical care, particularly after Terri's court-ordered death by dehydration and starvation.
Mr. Schindler asked Governor Romney to commit to standing behind the tens of thousands of people with disabilities in America who fear that they may be among those denied food and water against their will simply because someone may deem their life "unworthy of living."
Mr. Schindler is grateful to Governor Romney for taking the time to meet with him. He is hopeful that each Presidential candidate will contact him to arrange similar meetings in the near future.
Robert Schindler Jr. and his family now work for The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation in St. Petersburg, Florida, an organization dedicated to embracing the true meaning of compassion by promoting the Culture of Life and opposing the practice of euthanasia. Mr. Schindler is meeting Governor Romney in his personal capacity, and not in the name of the organization he leads.