NOTE: This post was originally published on US4Palin. The transcript was prepared by AGU-NY State Coordinator Ron Devito and the interview was conducted by AGU-PA State Coordinator Kevin Scholla.
Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother is the guest on The PalinRadio Update with Kevin Scholla! Schindler, the Executive Director of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network talks to Kevin about his sister, the state of life issues in America, and the big Terri’s Day gala coming up featuring Sarah Palin. Please visit CMG Booking for more information. Also Governor Palin remembers Chris Kyle, honors Ronald Reagan, and calls for the release of Saeed Abedini. Plus, Steel Resolve, our weekly commentary with Sarah Steelman is featured.
Brief Chronology of Terri Schiavo’s Life, Terri’s Day
Terri Schiavo would have been 49 this past December. Terri grew up with her brother in Philadelphia. She became disabled at age 26 and needed a feeding tube to sustain her life. This led to a long drawn out court battle between her husband and the Schindler family. Ultimately, Terri’s husband prevailed, the feeding tube was pulled and Terri suffered barbarically, dying a horrible death two weeks later. Pope John Paul II’s final act before his own death days later was to defend Terri’s right to life. She died March 31, 2005 of starvation and dehydration when her feeding tube was cut off.
Terri’s Day was established to commemorate her death and also to "recognize the disabled who are in the cross hairs of an anti-life culture," Schindler said. A mass at the Basilica Cathedral will precede the gala at which Gov Palin will speak.
Schindler said his sister "had a great sense of humor, was easy to get along with, had a deep love for animals, and was very close to her family."
The Schindlers spent birthdays, Christmases and other holidays together as a family. Bobby and Terri went through the parochial school system and enjoyed their childhoods. "It was a very special time of our lives," Schindler said.
He says he now remembers her by fighting for others in similar conditions.
"At the gala, an award will be presented to a family that fought for a loved one in jeopardy of being killed."
Who Better to Speak at Terri’s Day Gala than Gov Palin?
"We are so blessed and fortunate to have Gov. Palin speak this event. Who better than someone who fought so hard for what she believed in and even coined the phrase, ‘death panels,’ which is really what we are dealing with on a day-to-day basis with our foundation now. So, we’re just very happy that she will be kicking off our gala – our first one – and we couldn’t think of anyone better to represent the cause of life," Schindler said.
The gala is at 1930 / 7:30 EDT after the Mass. Complete information on tickets and sponsorships is at lifeandhope.com.
Terri Schiavo and Culture of Life
Scholla asked if the death of Terri Schiavo brought about improvements in the dignity of life by bringing these issues to the fore. "That’s a very difficult question to answer," Schindler said. "In some ways it is and some ways no." He said media reporting about his sister’s death has created a lot of confusion and in some ways perpetuated the notion that the lives of people with certain disabilities have no value and can be terminated at will.
Terri’s Day Sponsors Needed
He agreed with Scholla in that "Terri is still with us" to remind people of the value of life. Schindler said ObamaCare places less value on the lives of the elderly and those with debilitating disabilities. He made his foundation his life’s work. Schindler hopes to establish an outpatient rehab in Terri Schiavo’s name to help those with brain injuries. The rehab would be in the Philadelphia area and open within the next year or two. Money raised from sponsorships at the gala will go toward building the rehab center.
Steel Resolve: Valentine’s Message to Obama, Congress: CUT!
Sarah Steelman opened her segment saying, "this week brings us Valentine’s Day. Remember those candy hearts special Valentines messages like, ‘I’m yours,’ or ‘be mine’ or ‘kiss me’?" She continued, "I bet we all have a special message we’d like to send to Congress or Pres. Obama. My special message has to do with the sequestration. Listening to both sides of this debate makes me wonder what it is I am missing. The sequester or automatic cuts that take place this fiscal year that both Congress and the President have approved have been under attack by both sides."
Steelman went on to say, "but what is all the fuss about? The cuts For this year total $85 billion out of a $3.8 trillion total budget. Eighty-five billion dollars equals approximately 2.2% of the total budget. Most families and businesses cut a lot more than 2.2% out of their budgets for the past four years." She continued, "it is too bad it is not evenly distributed across all budgets instead of just hitting the defense budget disproportionately hard, however, it was a measure that was approved by both Republicans and Democrats, and they refused to come to grips with the budget in 2011. It seems Washington has a selective memory. For those of us conservatives who want to reduce government spending, $85 billion out of $3.8 trillion seems minor."
Steelman concluded, "my special candy heart Valentines Day message to President Obama and Congress is cut now before it’s too late."
Complete Audio transcript of interview with Bobby Schindler