In 2003, thirteen years after her fight began, Terri's story received unprecedented media attention, informing the public of a very important issue pertaining to human life and the rights of incapacitated persons.


We believe the following videos clips give stunning testimony to Terri's awareness. These are in Real Media format.

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The Terri Schindler Schiavo (Theresa Marie "Terri" Schiavo) court case caught the attention of the nation and spurred highly visible activism. It was virtually impossible to live in the United States during the 90s without being exposed to her right-to-die legal case.

In 1990, Terri was successfully resuscitated after entering into a sustained cardiac arrest. However, the lack of oxygen to her brain left her with massive brain damage. She was left living in an irreversible, persistent vegetative state.

In Florida courts, Terri Schiavo's case included 14 appeals and a plethora of motions, petitions, and hearings. When her case escalated to the federal level there were five federal district court suits.

Her story encouraged several instances of political intervention from Florida Governor Jeb Bush, President George W. Bush, and United States Congress members.

The Supreme Court denied a writ seeking judicial review four times.

The pro-life movement emerged to back Terri's family and their activism remained prominent in the mainstream media.

Terri's mother kissing her face before she was put to death
Terri Schiavo receives a kiss from her mother during her 2003 hospital stay in Gulfport, Florida

Disability groups and participants in the right-to-die movement also took up arms.

In retrospect, one thing is certain. Terri's story should never, ever be forgotten. 

We hope to raise awareness for all current developemnts and injustices in right-to-die cases.

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Don't let the conversation die. We can ALL benefit from continuing her narrative.

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