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Governor Palin Speaking at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network’s Award Gala

Governor Palin will be a special guest at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network’s Award Gala this year in Philadelphia, PA. 


Following the Memorial Mass, there will be the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network’s Award Gala, currently scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. This dinner gala will be held at the downtown Philadelphia Marriot, located at 1201 Market Street in Philadelphia. The first "Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Award", will be presented to an individual/family who fought to protect the dignity of a loved one. More information will be upcoming.

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Introduction to Terri’s Day!

We invite individual believers to spend time on that day learning about Terri, and praying for all whose lives are threatened in the same way that Terri’s was.

We invite Churches to hold memorial services and to educate their people on the dignity of every human life, despite any disability or disease with which that life may be afflicted.

We invite educational institutions to help dispel the myths and inaccuracies about Terri’s life and death, and to contribute to our society’s debate regarding the rights of the disabled by providing accurate, factual information and mature reflection on the ethical demands of caring for the weak and vulnerable.

We invite all people to use the resources on this website and to help us continue to draw good out of the sad and tragic way in which Terri was treated.

You can read more about Terri’s Day here.

As we all know, Governor Palin holds the highest respect for the sanctity of life.  Not only does she talk the talk, she walks the walk every single day.

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  • DocBarry1

    fab news!

  • John_Frank

    Steve, thank you for bringing this information to people’s attention.

  • nkthgreek

    They couldn’t have picked a more suitable speaker.

  • c4pfan

    Awesome to know! 

  • wodiej

    I don’t know what inaccuracies and myths Gov. Palin is referring to but I would like to  know what they are.  Terri went into a cardiac arrest, suffered massive brain damage due to lack of oxygen and was in a coma for 2 1/2 months.  Dr.’s later diagnosed her as being in a vegetative state and then permanent.  I have to wonder if anyone truly would want to live in that kind of state.  I sure wouldn’t and have made it known to family. 

    Everyone has their own opinion and are entitled to it and I hope we don’t get into name calling as was done on the Right to Life thread.

    • Journeymen

      What the heck are you talking about? What did Sarah say are myths?

      • Pete Petretich

        There was a lot of hype and misinformation from the MSM at the time, of course.

    • Steve_Flesher

       There were myths at the time.  It was debatable at best what she could and could not feel or understand.

      It wasn’t a question of simply shutting off a switch.  It was a matter of allowing a woman to starve to death (dehydrate) which took a couple of weeks without knowing for sure that she did or didn’t suffer.

      It was a moment where we were expected to err on the side of life and that’s still my opinion on it. 

      Sad day in America when we allow a human being to starve to death. 

      But despite my thoughts on it, Governor Palin didn’t say those things about myths.  The organization did.

    • CBDenver

      Terri Schiavo was not dying.  In order to kill her, the doctors withheld food and drink.  This is not the situation that most people imagine when they think of "pulling the plug" on someone.  People usually think that means removing an artificial breathing machine or an artificial heart pump.  But in Terri Schiavo’s case, she was able to breath on her own, her heart beat on its own.   In order to end her life they stopped giving her food and water.   That would be enough to kill any of us. 

      That is the issue.  Why does the State have the right to order someone to be killed by refusing them food and water?   Where does it end?  Will handicapped people be starved to death because it costs too much money to care for them?  Will the elderly? 

      • TexS2012

        That was the horrible thing for me. Terri was not dying and her parents just wanted to take care of her. I always felt like it was an agenda against the disabled to further some future plans for others let alone that evil man she was married to. To think that this was allowed to happen just so the husband could be free to marry another woman he was living with was astounding to me.
        If I remember right didn’t Gov. Bush fail to intervene? All the people involved were revealed and they still went forward with ending Terri’s life.

        • Budvarakbar

          IMO they were testing the "final solution" waters – as in "death panels"

      • Betsey_Ross

        I can’t think of an incident that happen in this country that made me fear the government more than this one.  This girl was murdered by the state for………what?  She had parents that would have take care of her and siblings that said they would do the same when the parents could no longer.  I was sickened beyond belief at the actions of the husband, most of the judges in this case and just about everyone that had something to do with this.  The law was certainly flawed and wrong or applied without mercy.  That nursing home where she stayed was just like being on death row at any state prison.  Even murders and rapists get better treatment than Terri did.  At least they had one last meal of their choosing.  Terri got starved to death. 

        I am so glad that Sarah is speaking for this occasion.  She must recognize how unfair and wrong this incident was.  Bless her for that. 

        There were many rumors about the husband, true or not he may or may not have been a victim in this.  I know I never believed what he said and his actions spoke volumes to me.  Whatever Terri’s wishes were, we shall never know, but the state should have erred on the side of life.  Presuming she wouldn’t have wanted to live like she was is a presumption that goes a bridge too far for me.

      • bejocy

        Terri’s ‘husband’ was awarded $1M for ‘rehabilitation’ of his wife, right? 

        Hitler’s Germany was trying to save money (as Germany had to repay and rebuild nearly all of Europe for damages of WWI).  Out of that was born the ‘T-4 Project’…ridding society of ‘useless eaters’.  They even calculated how much flour, milk, eggs and butter were used, and the cost for each individual.  The elderly, insane and handicapped were the testing grounds for effecienly implementing the ‘final solution’. 

        We all need to study history.

    • Adrienne Ross

      I’m not sure what comments you’re referring to from Gov. Palin. What I do know is they starved Terri to death. Her family and the lawyer have stated that she was not brain dead and was responsive at times. The way she was treated was inhumane and inexcusable.

      • palin45potus

        It was all of those things!!!

        Thanks so much for your directness, as it’s very important to speak directly and without flinching when we confront these issues.

        We must never forget that there are elements of the left that would like to extend the Teri Schiavo treatment to many of us.  Some of whom cannot speak for themselves and must depend on the goodwill of their fellow man to look after them.

        What kind of nation we allow ourselves to become has big ramifications, IMO

    • RedStateBucky

      The question of how to develop policy related to these sorts of heart-wrenching situations is DEFINITELY not something that conservatives should use as a litmus test or as a political lever.

      I respect others opinion on the matter, but let’s not politicize this.

  • Pete Petretich

    Friday, April 5, 2013!!!

  • Lipstick

    The point to me is not to debate what was done to Terri Schiavo, but to raise awareness of the issue of families who must fight for the lives of loved ones whom doctors or the courts have said should not be given the simplest of things needed for life.

    It is hard to say what Ms. Schiavo could sense and could not, but it is clear that in order for her husband…and I use that term only in the legal sense….to be rid of her was to starve her to death.

    Her family was more than willing to care for her and love her, yet this man, rather than divorce her, chose to use his legal standing to fight to have her murdered.

    Why he did not divorce her and walk away if he felt burdened by her is beyond me, and he will answer that question someday to God. What is scarey is that when you have a Living Will, which Mrs. Schiavo did not, you better be sure you really trust who will have power to make those decisions for you.

    It may not be as simple as pulling a plug and a few minutes you are gone, it may be far more complicated than that.


    • M_Minnesota

      Apart from what was done to Terri Shiavo;  The sickening thing was that her ummm, "husband"  refused to divorce her even though he was having a relationship with a woman  while she was refused food and water.

      NBC Never  reffered to the preists who were ministering to the Shiavo family.  They were always called "Spiritual advisors."

      The "Husband’s" Legal Defense Team and others in that group peformed really creepy "Death Memorials."  close to her death.

      It is true in Scripture where the Lord declares  "Those that hate me, Love death!"

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  • BrianusBerkleianus

    Wonderful, wonderful; thanks, Steve!!!

  • 808forpalin

    I was in law school when this was done to Terri. My constitutional law professor seized upon the story (while Terri was still alive) as a teachable moment on the standards for injunctive relief. Not inappropriate at all in and of itself, but the way he sneered at congressional concern for Terri sickened me to the core as I felt in my bones that this was a critical juncture for our country. So much so that I skipped the next class.

    I loved and respected this professor — he was the finest and generally most fair Socratic interrogator our school had, but he was decidedly of the Left and could not suppress a sneer here or there. When he sneered at Pope John Paul II’s funeral later that semester, I had to take a long bathroom break. We lost this professor in the past year and it broke my heart. I pray for him and his family in knowing of the many, many people who loved and respected him as I did. Life is complicated and so are our affections.

    I still feel that Terri’s court-sanctioned forced starvation and dehydration — without written and notartized instructions from her that she allow this to be done to her, and with the nation’s eyes upon this ordeal — was a turning point for our country. Many strong voices spoke out against it, but they did not prevail. Many strong and beautiful voices have spoken out against Obamacare, but this horrendous volume of legislation remains the law of this land. We erred on the side of death with Terri, and that is what I fear and expect we will do with Obamacare.

    The Governor’s acknowledging the importance of the Terri Schiavo tragedy in this manner brings me great comfort.

  • palintologist

    I remember this case like it was yesterday.  We had the abusive husband — who was thought to have put Terri into this condition in the first place — determined to kill her, albeit through "legal" means,  and loving parents who willingly wanted to take on all of Terri’s care, physically, financially and emotionally.

    From WND:  In February of 1990 at the age of 26, Terri Schiavo collapsed at home and oxygen was cut off to her brain for several minutes. The cause of the collapse is disputed. Michael Schiavo, Terri’s husband, blames a cardiac arrest induced by a potassium imbalance associated with bulimia. The Schindlers suspect he tried to strangle her, based on court testimony by a neurologist that Terri had suffered a neck injury when she was admitted to the hospital.

    Read the whole story.  It’ll make your blood run cold:

    It’s hard to imagine what the Founders, who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for the creation of this new country, once a triumph in throwing off government interference, would say about Americans 200 years out, fighting to kill the weakest among us.  I’ll never forget how her mother talked about being searched before going into Terri’s room after the kill order was given.  She begged to at least be able to run an ice-cube over Terri’s dry, cracked lips, as she dehydrated into a fetal position, only to be told "no."

    Here’s another story that will make you sick to your stomach, but Gov. Palin and conservatives are the "extremists."

  • Christopher H Fromme

    And so the stealth campaign begins– The Governor will speak in Philly the place where the Constitution was signed, in a city where Mitt got only a very few votes and on a subject that she coined the phrase "death panels"    And this is a state that has been won by the democrat since Clinton.  

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  • kathleen Lelli

    I remember Terri and what they did to her. It was evil. It was unnecessary. It was a torturous death. While Terri was alive her husband Michael Schiavo began a family with another woman. All he had to do was divorce Terri and walk away. The euthanasia movement finally had a face to put in front of their agenda. I wonder how well Mr. Schiavo was compensated for exploiting Terri? I also wonder if Mr. Schiavo was to face a situation like this again with his own children what he would do? I have to wonder if in the back of his current wife’s mind if she worries about what might come of her if she fell ill while married to the pig who sentenced an innocent woman to a cruel death. God bless the Schindlers for their compassion and strength. The beautiful Sarah Palin is a blessed soul who values life and shows it through dignity, compassion and wisdom. Her light shine’s bright!

  • Eleanor Baldwin

    I live where all of this happened.  I personally know information about this.  Terri was absolutely anorexic… severely.  Now whether or not her lack of oxygen was from that or not may not have been proven but it certainly was very possible.

    A lot of people, including me, fought to keep her alive.  I don’t know why Michael couldn’t just let the parents take care of her, why should he care?

    Fact is, she did not have a living will and legally, he could make that decision.  I don’t like it, but that was the law.  Lesson: if you don’t have one, make one.  Another lesson: starving yourself can kill you.  Another lesson: if you are in an unhappy or abusive relationship – GET OUT!

    There, the sermon is done.

  • RomanBarbarian

    I am so much looking forward to listening to what Sarah has to say about Terry’s case, value of life and shallowness of our politicians. It will be another of her memorable speeches.
    Thank you, Gov. Palin. May God guide you to give us powerful words.

  • BrianusBerkleianus


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