"Terri's Legacy Project".This is going to hurt ... probably a lot. Take yourself back in time to March 1831, 2005.
Remember where you were when you learned that Terri Schindler Schiavo's feeding tube feeding tube
A flexible tube that is inserted through the pharynx and into the esophagus and stomach and through which liquid food is passed. had been removed, beginning her horrific hor·rif·ic
Causing horror; terrifying.
[Latin horrificus : horrre, to tremble + -ficus, -fic. court-ordered dehydration dehydration
Method of food preservation in which moisture (primarily water) is removed. Dehydration inhibits the growth of microorganisms and often reduces the bulk of food. and starvation starvation, condition in which deprivation of food has forced the body to feed on itself. Causes are famine, fasting, malnutrition, or abnormalities of the mucosal lining of the digestive system. death. Remember the ups and downs ups and downs
Alternating periods of good and bad fortune or spirits.
ups and downs
alternating periods of good and bad luck or high and low spirits of that two weeksthe unrestrained joy you felt when you heard that Congress had passed a law that might save her life, and the horror, helplessness helplessness,
n a perception held by a person because of which he or she feels powerless or unable to act independently. Typically associated with persons diagnosed with chronic disease. , and sorrow you felt when judge after judge chose to ignore it.
Remember the looks on the faces of Bob, Mary, Suzanne, and Bobbythe Schindler family. Remember how your throat ached from crying, or trying to keep from crying, and remember the hours you spent prayerfully pleading Asking a court to grant relief. The formal presentation of claims and defenses by parties to a lawsuit. The specific papers by which the allegations of parties to a lawsuit are presented in proper form; specifically the complaint of a plaintiff and the answer of a defendant plus any that somehow her life would be spared.
Put yourself back on your couch A couch, loveseat, sofa, settee, lounge, davenport or chesterfield are items of furniture for the comfortable seating of more than one person. Compare the joiner's settle, with its separate seat cushions. as you watched the news reports, or in front of your computer as you read the grim headlines. Because in order to understand the importance of the project I'm about to describe, you need to remember the pain you felt over Terri's death.
You need to remember the resolve you felt that no matter what it took, you were going to do your part to make sure this sort of horror never played itself out againnot on the American landscape, and certainly not on your watch.
Remember what you would have done to save Terri's life during those horrible final weeks. Like most pro-lifers, you probably would have done anything and everything within your power, if it would have made a difference.
Now ask yourself what you would do to save the life of someone just like Terri? Someone who has a disability, is vulnerable, and is in danger of being killed? Someone whose only "crime" is not measuring up to some ridiculous "quality of life" standard set by people who fail to understand that life is precious regardless of level of ability?
Would you make a list? Would you talk to other pro-lifers, your family members and friends? Would you make a few phone calls to pro-life churches? How about calling a few doctors, nurses, and lawyers to ask for their help? Think you're up to writing down a few names and sending them through the mail?
If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, we need your help. It really is as simple as that.
National Right to Life is working with the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation to establish the "Terri's Legacy Project." This project will identify pro-life medical and legal professionals in all 50 states who are willing to step in and help in cases similar to Terri's.
Calls come in to our offices almost daily from family members trying to protect loved ones loved ones npl → seres mpl queridos
loved ones npl → proches mpl et amis chers
loved ones love npl from death by starvation and dehydration. Most of them won't make the newsthat doesn't make them any less important. We need desperately to establish a network that can help these families. And we need to do it now.
In order for this project to succeed, we need your help. Most everyone in this Movement knows of a pro-life doctor, nurse, or mental health professional. (If nothing else, you should be sure your own doctor shares your pro-life values and will fight for you and your family.) Quite a few of us even know pro-life attorneys. All you need to do is send their contact information into us. We will do the rest.
This project is critical. Potential tragedies just like Terri's play themselves out daily in our nation. As a Movement, we need to do everything in our power to stop the killing.
Upon hearing of Terri's case last year, one little boy remarked, "It's like abortion, but on adults." As horrifying as that is to realize, we need to take hope.
We know how to fight abortion. And by using the same set of skills, the same fierce resolve, and in many cases, the same contact list, we can also fight euthanasia euthanasia (y'thənā`zhə), either painlessly putting to death or failing to prevent death from natural causes in cases of terminal illness or irreversible coma. . Please do everything you can, before it's too late for another helpless, vulnerable person.
Do it for Terriin her memory, as part of her living legacy. Do it for your own children, your parents, or your spouse spouse A legal marriage partner as defined by state law . Do it because it's the right thing to do. Do it because in doing it you will save precious lives. But please, just do it.
For more information on Terri's Legacy Project, visit our web site at www.nrlc.org, or call us at (715) 378-4302. We will be happy (ecstatic ec·stat·ic
1. Marked by or expressing ecstasy.
2. Being in a state of ecstasy; joyful or enraptured.
[French extatique, from Greek ekstatikos, from , even) to send you a packet that will show you step by step how you can be a part of this project.