Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Schiavo v Schindler

More noise from the destructive relationship between Michael Schiavo and the Schindler family: A new report out of Florida called the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation's finances into question last week; now Michael Schiavo is threatening to sue the Schindlers for using Terri Schiavo's name to raise money.

The news, first reported at conservative LifeNews by ridiculously prolific Steven Ertelt, immediately spread across the "pro-life" blogosphere causing all of the Schindler's tried-and-true supporters like Wesley J. Smith to weigh in. The article is rife with misconceptions regarding Schiavo's death; misconceptions that the Schindlers (and Smith and Ertelt) have worked tirelessly to maintain in their fight against patients' rights to removal from artificial nutrition and hydration. The renewed animosity should prove interesting to watch, particularly as it plays into state-level discussions regarding end of life care, health care reform, and patients' rights. The Schindler family, particularly Bobby Schindler, have worked in the past few months to fashion themselves as advocates for the disabled. Other disabled rights activists view this terminology creep as somewhat suspect.

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