Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bobby Schindler's Fight.

It's incredibly sad and telling that this story about the custody battle of a woman for her persistent vegetative state husband is framed as an impressive career move for the "pro-life" activist Bobby Schindler. Is it not enough that the legacy of Terri Schiavo has been over-employed as a religious tool to oppose patients' rights? Now all persistent vegetative state patients are working for Terri's Fight as well?

Bobby Schindler watched his sister die in one of the most publicized end-of-life cases in the nation’s history.
Now, he’s hoping a similar case in Chemung County has a different ending.
Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo, was in Elmira Monday to show his support for Sara Harvey, who is attempting to regain custody of her injured husband, Gary Harvey.
“We’re trying to support her efforts to bring her husband home,” Schindler said.


Like Sara Harvey, Schindler and his family did not have guardianship of Terri Schiavo, whose husband was her guardian.
Terri Schiavo, who had been in a persistent vegetative state since 1990, died March 31, 2005, in Florida after her feeding tube was removed by a court order, a move requested and backed by her husband, Michael Schiavo.
Her death culminated years of bitter legal fights between the Schindlers and Michael Schiavo.
“There are animals that got treated better than my sister,” Schindler said. “All life is really sacred.”
Schindler said Chemung County should allow Sara Harvey to regain guardianship and let Gary Harvey live.
“Gary Harvey is not dying,” Schindler said. “There is no reason care (should be) denied.”
Schindler, who visited Gary Harvey on Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, said the county is bullying Sara Harvey.
“It’s horrible how they are treating this woman,” he said.
Sara Harvey is allowed only supervised visits with her husband.
“I went through hell, and I’m still going through hell,” she said. “The government owns my husband.”
Schindler, who has an uncle who lives in Corning, helps run a foundation that advocates for people in situations similar to Sara Harvey’s. The foundation’s Web site is

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