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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Right-to-Life and the Tea Party Should Join Hands to Protect Innocents Like Terri Schiavo

Kevin Fobbs suggests that Right-to-Life and the Tea Party join forces to protect the life of innocents from "death panels" such as the one that took the life of Terri Schiavo in 2005:

Sarah Palin, the numerous Tea party patriots, and last summer's warnings of
potential unrepentant death panels taking hold of life-and-death medical
decisions stirred up a nation and brought focus to one of the most important
issues of our past decade. That is who determines our quality of life? What
about at the last stage of our life or even at its beginning? Should it be the
government, hospital staff, or anyone else beside ourselves? These
issues must be addressed in the new decade as well.

For example, it has been nearly five years since Terri Schindler Schiavo,
an innocent and helpless Florida woman was deprived of God's most precious and
enduring gift that he could give us and that is the breath of life. Terri's father Robert Schindler — who sadly passed away last August — once told me that Terri is one of God's angels now. Perhaps the lesson of her life was to not only show us how we must appreciate life each and every day but to understand to what lengths those among our leadership will do to snatch it away creating incredible personal wreckage in its wake....

So you can see the angst that many in the Tea Party movement last summer
might have had with the possibility of the government taking over health care
decisions regarding the quality of our lives and who deserves to live or die (and when this will happen!) A "death panel" by any other name might still well be a potential life-stripping bureaucracy....

you will see there are countless innocents like Terri facing the same unconcerned and unloving outsiders who want to make decisions about our lives and those of our loved ones.So perhaps now is the time for Right-to-Life to meet the American Tea Party with an understanding or appreciation of how important it is to say just a simple word.


Stop making decisions that will take away our right to a second, third, or fourth opinion, if it is necessary. Stop under-appreciating the life of a person by assigning a "one-size-fits-all quality of life measurement." Stop deciding that life is something pursued only until it becomes a difficulty for a family member who tires of caring, or a medical system and a government that says that "we don't want you to live because we don't want to afford it."...

If a Sarah Palin wants to stand firm in her belief to promote the idea that "death panels" may be skulking around the medical bureaucracy corner and therefore "let us be on the watch," then let's not admonish her or dismiss her because a 1,000 plus page congressional bill — largely unread by most of those in congress voting for it — says that it is not true....

So in 2010 and beyond if we need to have more Tea parties or more people like Sarah Palin standing up and going rogue, then so be it because it is not just an election or control of congress or the presidency that hangs in the balance but it is whether or not our children, our grandchildren, and our nation's future are put on life support until a medical panel decides the time and place when they will pull the plug.

Only God has that power.

Help the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation: http://www.terrisfight.org/, make this the decade of life beginning with Terri's Day 2010, which will be observed each
year on March 31, the anniversary of her death.

Stand up and stand strong!

Read the entire article here.

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