Terri Schiavo’s dad wants March 31st to be “Terri’s Day.”

Seems Robert Schindler hasn’t gotten the memo that his 15 minutes of fame at his daughter’s expense has expired. Now he’s teaming up with a pro-life group to make March 31st Terri’s Day:

Robert Schindler and National Urban Policy Action Council president Kevin Fobbs say the goal of the day is to help disabled people and other avoid Terri’s fate.

The pair said “Terri’s Day” is a “celebration of the ‘Culture of Life’ as well as celebrating the woman who sacrificed her life for this cause.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I was always under the impression that in order to sacrifice yourself it required a conscious decision to give up your own life. Given that Terri wasn’t able to make conscious decisions of any kind—was in fact shown after her death to be missing the majority of her brain—how the hell did she sacrifice her life? She didn’t, obviously, but that won’t stop these folks from trying to turn her into some kind of martyr.

The national initiative to annually honor the memory of Terri Schiavo includes gathering one million pledges from all 50 states as well as from international supporters in the hopes of establishing March 31 as a national day of remembrance.

The pledge drive will culminate on May 12th with an official ceremony, prayer vigil, and presentation of a ceremonial pledge sheet and check representing funds from supporters from around the globe.

“Terri Schiavo’s legacy has taught us that life is precious and should be protected,” Fobbs, also a Michigan radio talk show host, said.

Terri’s legacy taught us that life really sucks when you’re missing a good chunk of your brain because not only will some people refuse to let you die naturally, but they’ll try to turn your death into a rallying cry to prevent others in a similar state of suckage from being allowed to die naturally regardless of the fact that the quality of your life was essentially non-existent unless you gain some subconscious enjoyment out of drooling on yourself.

The memorial day will also include several projects, such as helping people obtain a pro-life advanced directive spelling out the kind of lifesaving medical treatment they don’t want denied.

I’d assume that if we’re allowed to come up with living wills saying what we don’t want done to us in the event that we’re in a similar state then it should be OK to come up with one that says what you DO want done, but I suppose it’s possible that there’s no provision for that. If there isn’t then there should be. If you don’t have such a living will ahead of time then you’re going to have to suck it up and go with whatever decision the person most directly responsible for you comes up with as was the case with Terri.

Those participating in the memorial day will encourage state officials to establish March 31 as “Terri’s Day” and the project will focus on the creation of professional volunteer networks to assist families dealing with disability and neurological issues.

Proceeds from the national memorial day will support the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, run by Terri’s parents and family, and will go towards funding a neurological health care facility.

There’s a Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation? Damn, much like Terri herself, this nonsense is going to drag on for years at this rate.

“One year ago the nation was emotionally torn apart with grief because of the life and untimely death of Terri Schiavo,” Schindler and Fobbs said in a statement. “Some called it a pursuit of the culture of death, however Terri’s very life stood for the culture of life.”

Doncha just love it when folks ascribe meaning and intention to brain dead people who can’t tell them to piss off on their own? Let the poor woman rest in peace without dragging her name around to promote your personal ideological pet causes. She’s dead. Let it go.

16 thoughts on “Terri Schiavo’s dad wants March 31st to be “Terri’s Day.”

  1. I just read a transcript of Matt Lauer’s interview with Michael Schiavo that took place recently. If Michael is to be trusted (and I personally would trust him long before I trusted either one of the Schindlers), the issue of money was at the forefront of Robert Schindler’s concerns almost from the beginning. Perhaps it is my cynical side speaking, but it looks more and more like the continuing publicity this case is garnering has less to do with Terri and more to do with the Schindlers’ desire for attention.

  2. Just let them fucking die! Shit happens, get over it. April 19 isn’t OKC bombing day and 168 people died. Why should one over hyped brain-dead person get a national holiday?

    It’s a complete waste of time, we have more than enough days off from school/work.

  3. As I read this the thought of for God’s sake let her rest in peace.  We have people who are conscience dying every day in the war that is truly a sacrifice. Do they deserve less recognition than a brain dead woman who’s spouse and parents agrued over her fate?  Does the President try to step in and stop their deaths as he did for Terri?  Now as I see it the memorial should remain in the hearts and the minds of her family.  The statement of The memorial day will also include several projects, such as helping people obtain a pro-life advanced directive spelling out the kind of lifesaving medical treatment they don’t want denied is an example of how the day will be used as an excuse to add strength to many projects not related to Terri’s condition. The Hippocratic oath assures the lifesaving medical treatment.

    As to the foundation, the money for that could go to an established facility and cut out the added expense of administration. 

    The moment of fame at a dead woman’s expense is over so bury it also and move on.

  4. Proceeds from the national memorial day will support the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, run by Terri’s parents and family, and will go towards funding a neurological health care facility.

    Yeah, right.wink

    In Oz, I am lead to believe, a not-for-profit- organisation only has to give about 40% (or less if you use a really, REALLY smart accountant) to the cause. The rest can be devoured by ‘expenses’.
    I think it would be similar in the US.
    I read where Tezza’s hubby received $600k in the early 90s as a result of a malpractice verdict which went his/Tez’s way.
    My (learning how to be more so) cynical mind, suggests that her parents, not having made any money from her life, want to board the gravy train of her death. LOL
    Am I doing a stretch here in saying it’s similar to Xianity? In that it would never have got off the ground without Jesus’ death.
    Admittedly the sanctification of Tez will need some masterful spin doctoring but gullible people still exist, don’t they?

  5. Despite the fact that I’m pro-life, I’m also an anarchist of sorts so I don’t believe in legislating the pro-life agenda.  I just believe everyone should make pro-life choices.  Anyways, I really just wanted to say that that was well put Les and I agree with everything you said.

  6. Back to the pathetic idea “Teri Shivo Day”.  I’m more in favor of “Famous people week” This is where we consolidate everything from presidents day, MLK day, to even “Teri Shivo Day” and enjoy a week off.  Celebrate (or not) the famous people you actually care about.  Seriously this the concept of “

    day” has gotten completely out of hand.
    On a related issue I’m COMPLETELY pro choice!  I just happen to choose for myself, and I choose life.
    Oh and if “Famous people week” takes off I claim all founding ideas, and all right therein smile

  7. Death is by far the most emotional tragedy known to a person, however everyone handles it differently. No person should touch on this subject unless they have walked in the shoes of those who have so unless any of you have endured such pain, you could hardly understand what was good or the right thing………for those of you that obviously think we have more important matters on our hands than to create a special day for someone are certainly posting a comment on here rather than posting one in the ……government!

  8. LJ; I read where Tezza’s hubby received $600k in the early 90s as a result of a malpractice verdict which went his/Tez’s way.

    The problem is that his legal expenses cost WAY more than the $600k.  His parents in law drove him to poverty with legal expenses.

    Jackie: She was brain dead, her brain was mostly a bowl full of jelly.  After years of heart wrenching legal fighting and crippling legal expenses, her husband was finally able to pull the plug.  The lady is dead, and now her parents are trying to exploit the situation for publicity and probably financial gain.

  9. I always love it when people try to pull the old “if you haven’t experienced it you have no right to comment” line of argument.

  10. Les, it’s not much of an argument, but it lends weight to an opinion (misguided or not).

    On the other hand, I sometimes tend to agree with the principle. If a pregnant woman wants an abortion, nobody but her should have a say. If somebody has a do not revive order on record, it’s nobody’s business to second-guess this. And so on…

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