February 27, 2008
Audacity of Hope for Disabled Americans and their
In a presidential debate last night,
Sen. Barack Obama, (D-Ill), said, for the second time this year,
that he regretted supporting federal legislation aimed at saving the
life of Terri Schiavo. He even suggested the legal efforts to stop
Terri’s death by dehydration and starvation constituted a "costly"
"We welcome the
opportunity that Senator Obama has given us to once again strive for
clarity regarding the death of our beloved Terri," her father Robert
Schindler said. "However, we are very saddened by his remarks.
Everyone with a disability, or who knows someone with a disability,
should be outraged that a potential US president would so callously
reject his own action taken in favor of life over
Terri’s Foundation wishes to remind all Americans
that the Senate gave unanimous consent to the effort to save
Terri’s life and that the vote was strongly bipartisan in the
House. "As a country, we should all be distressed that doing
the right thing suddenly becomes a ‘mistake’ when one poll later
showed it to be unpopular," Schindler said. "That isn’t
leadership; it’s pandering to popular prejudices."
"Is it so
incredulous that a family had the audacity of hope to
believe its government would care about one profoundly disabled
woman?" Schindler asked. "It is a shame that Senator Obama, who
claims to embody ‘hope,’ is crushing it for the families of people
with profound disabilities."
Terri was neither
terminally ill, nor comatose. She was not on life support and only
needed food and water to live. Persons with disabilities, no
matter how serious, are persons with the Constitutional right to
"Highly visible public figures, especially those
who may one day speak on behalf of all citizens, should not imply
that some citizens are less worthy than others," added Schindler.
"As President, would Barack Obama stand for all of us or just some
Contact: Suzanne Vitadamo at Terri’s
727-490-7603 · firstname.lastname@example.org