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Suzanne Schindler (Terri's sister)
Suzanne Schindler is the youngest daughter of Bob and Mary Schindler. After completing high school, she moved with her family to St. Petersburg, Florida where she currently resides. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of South Florida and then worked as a stockbroker with TD Waterhouse.
Without any warning, Suzanne's life suddenly changed in February of 1990 when her sister, Terri Schiavo, suddenly collapsed and was left with a profound brain injury. When Terri‘s estranged husband sought court permission to starve and dehydrate her to death, the Schindler family began their decade long battle to protect her life. The state sanctioned starvation of their sister, Terri, was played out on the world stage in the courts, government, and media. Suzanne has spoken in defense of her sister‘s life on numerous national television and radio programs including Hannity & Colmes, the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Glenn Beck Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, the 700 Club, EWTN and many others.
Since the death of her sister, Suzanne has dedicated her life to full-time pro-life and disability rights advocacy. She works full time for the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network; an organization Terri's family began to assist families in need of vital resources to prevent their loved ones from health care rationing and food and water removal. They have provided resources and support to over 1000 families and have been directly involved in hundreds of cases helping to protect persons who are at risk of being euthanized. Between Suzanne and her brother Bobby, they have spoken in 44 states, at 29 universities, colleges, and medical schools and in 9 countries abroad which includes addressing members of Parliament in Canada and Australia. A cornerstone of Terri's Life & Hope Network is to provide education regarding what is now becoming common in our society - death by dehydration and starvation. The Schindler family also authored the book A Life That Matters (2006) which chronicles their decade long battle to care for Terri.
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network was the 2009-2010 recipient of the Gerard Health Life Prizes Award which recognized the crucial work that this foundation is doing to protect and advocate for the most vulnerable.
Bobby Schindler (Terri's brother)
Bobby Schindler is the Co-Executive Director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network which works to protect the lives of the medically vulnerable and disabled from the threat of euthanasia. The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network was the 2009-2010 recipient of the Gerard Health Life Prizes Award. The only son of Bob and Mary Schindler, Bobby was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his sisters, Terri and Suzanne. After his graduation from LaSalle University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, Bobby went on to obtain a degree in meteorology from Florida State University.
Bobby's life took a dramatic and unexpected turn in February of 1990 when his older sister, Terri, suddenly collapsed and was left with a profound cognitive disability. When Terri's estranged husband sought court permission to starve and dehydrate her to death, Bobby was suddenly propelled into a life he'd never imagined. He spoke in defense of his sister's life on numerous national television and radio programs including Hannity & Colmes, Larry King Live, the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Glenn Beck Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, the 700 Club, EWTN and many others.
Following Terri's tragic death on March 31, 2005, Bobby gave up his teaching job at Tampa Catholic High School and became a full-time pro-life and disability rights advocate. Today, Bobby through the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network assists families in need of legal action to prevent their loved ones from health care rationing and food and water removal. Terri's Life & Hope Network has provided resources and support to over 1000 families and has been involved in hundreds of cases helping to protect persons who were in or potentially facing life-threatening situations. He has spoken extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally, having spoken in 44 states, at 29 universities, colleges, and medical schools and in 9 countries abroad which includes addressing giving a firsthand account about Terri's story which was largely misrepresented by the mainstream media. Bobby talks about the effects this case has had across America and about the tens of thousands of individuals living like Terri today.
Bobby has also been asked to testify before state legislatures in Florida, Louisiana, California and Kentucky, and has addressed Members of Parliament in Canada and Australia concerning the protection of the medically vulnerable. He and his family have also authored the book A Life That Matters (2006), regarding their decade long struggle to care for his sister Terri. Bobby also co-hosted on America's Lifeline, a weekly radio program that covered such topics as euthanasia, futile care and assisted suicide.
The Schindler family continues to advocate for persons with disabilities and works tirelessly to put an end to the growing pro-death mentality that is plaguing our nation.
Published Articles by Bobby Schindler
Drinking the Pro-Death Kool Aid
March 2012: Lately, Americans have been quick to disparage other countries for their approach to life and death issues. In particular, many Americans have been outraged at the Netherlands' policies regarding euthanasia, assisted suicide, infanticide and the killing of those with mental illnesses. (continue reading ...)
A Diagnosis that Kills
From World Net Daily
December 2011: Having to stand by and witness the intentional death of a loved one is a helpless torture. Having most of the globe tuned in to your unimaginable situation exasperates the feeling even more. I should know, since it was my family and I who tried to save my sister, Terri Schiavo, from being starved and dehydrated to death while the world watched. (continue reading ...)
Hospital Limits Merely the Beginning of Obamacare
October 2011: As a country whose laws show little respect for life at its most vulnerable stages, from the unborn to the elderly and disabled, it should come as no surprise that the government, in efforts to control costs, will begin to limit hospital stays for those covered by Medicaid. Indeed, with Medicaid increasing its roll significantly with the economic downturn, anyone should be able to see that this is merely the beginning of Obamacare. (continue reading ...)
Killing More Than Just the Patient
March 2011: I recently read an article in the London Free Press (March 22nd) about the highly publicized Joseph Maraachli situation titled, Baby Joseph Case Becomes Political Issue in U.S. As the Executive Director the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, I was personally involved in helping Baby Joseph's parents keep control of the medical treatment decisions that were being made for their son. (continue reading ...)
From Unthinkable to Ordinary
November 2010: Last week, former U.S. President, George W. Bush released a memoir of his tenure in office called "Decision Points." In this 500-plus page account, Bush revisits a number of official and personal events, as well as choices that shaped both his presidency and his attitudes in private life. (continue reading ...)
Remembering Terri Schiavo: A Five-Year Anniversary Marked By Cruel Bigotry
March 2010: March 31st will mark the five-year anniversary of the needless death of my sister, Terri Schiavo. It is difficult to believe this much time has passed since that horrible event which will be forever seared into my memory. (continue reading ...)
New Research Cast Increasing Doubt on Schiavo's Death
February 2010: During my family's battle to save my sister Terri Schiavo from death by dehydration, a tremendous amount of debate raged over whether or not she was in what the medical profession refers to as a persistent vegetative state (PVS). (continue reading ...)
Kill the Diagnosis, Not the Patient
October 2009: With all of the current debate in the United States over President Obama's proposed health care legislation, people seem to have firmly chosen sides-based on their political leanings and not necessarily the actual content of the bill, HR 3200. (continue ...)
The Presidents Torturous Dilemma
May 2009: I spent a lot of time watching news coverage of President Obama's recent speech at Notre Dame. I couldn't help but be reminded of my sister Terri's two-week ordeal that took place at the hospice facility where she was killed in March of 2005. (continue reading ...)
The Canary is Donning Her Gas Mask
March 2009: Today marks four years since the highly-publicized death of Terri Schiavo-and the passing of my sister remains an ominous marker of the movement of our government and culture on the value of human life. (continue reading ...)
Eluana Englaro, The Terri Schiavo of Italy
February 2009: On Friday, February 6, the Italian government passed a temporary decree law drafted to prohibit the removal of food and hydration from vulnerable patients that, in particular, would prevent Eluana Englaro from being dehydrated to death. (continue reading ...)
What Future for the Cause of Life?
December 2008: On November 4 our nation elected a man who many fear is the most pro "culture of death" politician ever to run for president. Not only has President-elect Obama made it clear that he supports abortion through all nine months of a woman's pregnancy (including partial birth abortion) but as an Illinois state senator, Obama didn't feel the need to pass legislation protecting babies who were born alive after a failed abortion attempt. (continue reading ...)
The Audacity of Hypocrisy
August 2008: When Pastor Rick Warren asked Barack Obama about what he considered America's greatest moral failure at the recent Saddleback "Civil Forum on the Presidency," Senator Obama answered by saying, "its insufficient help to the disadvantaged." (continue reading ...)
Competent Enough to Live
June 2008: Recently, yet another situation similar to that of my sister Terri Schiavo has made headlines. In West Palm Beach, Florida, Raymond Weber is asking the court to dehydrate his disabled wife, Karen, to death. (continue reading ...)
My Sister's Regret
March 2008: Recently, and for the second time in less than a year, presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama stated that his greatest regret as a Senator was not objecting to a vote that was intended to help save my sister from being dehydrated to death. (continue reading ...)
From The Washington Times
February 2008: This month the sad case of Lauren Richardson made headlines. The similarities between her situation and my sister Terri Schiavo's are striking and deeply disturbing. Lauren suffered a profound brain injury in 2006, leaving her dependent on others for her care. Like Terri, she is not hooked up to machines, is not comatose and is unquestionably very much alive. (continue reading ...)
Please Don't Confuse This Story with Terri Schiavo
From Dakota Voice
July 2007: One can't help but wonder if perhaps the mainstream media is feeling a growing sense of uneasiness regarding Terri's death. (continue reading ...)
Killing as a Career Choice
From World Net Daily
June 2007: You have probably heard by now that Dr. Jack Kevorkian was released early from prison last week for "good behavior" after serving only eight years of his 10- to 25-year sentence following his conviction for second-degree murder. (continue reading ...)
Since When Does Pro-Life Mean Killing the Disabled?
From North Country Gazette
May 2007: I sat in confusion last Thursday evening while watching the GOP Presidential debate. All but one of the candidates proudly expressed their pro-life positions, and then just a short time later, in response to a question on the Terri Schiavo case, some of them stated that the courts should decide whether or not it was acceptable for an innocent disabled woman to be starved and dehydrated to death. (continue reading ...)
The Dehydration Death of a Nation
From World Net Daily
March 2007: Saturday, March 31, will mark the two-year anniversary of my sister Terri Schiavo's death by dehydration. Not a day passes that my family does not think of my sister and relive the horrific images of her needless and brutal death at the hands of those who deliberately set out to kill her. (continue reading ...)
Politicians Still Wrong on Terri's Case
From World Net Daily
March 2007: Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney recently stated, "My view was a case like this would normally be left in the hands of a court." Romney was referring to the attempt by Congress to help save the life of my sister, Terri Schiavo. He mistakenly assumed passing the buck on this issue would gain him political capital. He could not be more wrong, morally or politically. (continue reading ...)