“The battle to save Terri Schiavo from murder by starvation and dehydration is not over. We must not rest until this battle is won,” said American Life League president Judie Brown. “Unfortunately her husband and many in the Florida courts want her dead. That is why American Life League is joining the call to commemorate November 30 as Terri Schindler-Schiavo Day, and imploring the nation’s Catholic bishops, clergy and laity to take up Terri’s fight in both prayer and action.”

American Life League is prayerfully committed to participating in Terri Schindler Schiavo Day this Sunday, November 30. The day of prayer and sacrifice has been organized by the Catholic Media Coalition to urge Christians everywhere to spiritually join the fight to save Terri Schindler Schiavo’s life.

“The fight against the culture of death should always begins with prayer,” said Brown. “The first Sunday of Advent is a perfect day for all Christians to seek divine intercession on Terri’s behalf that her life be spared and for a miraculous healing.” Members of the clergy throughout the country are also being urged to use that day as an opportunity to make Terri’s fight known to their congregations. “Advent is the season of longing for the Light of the World. It is our prayer that we also long for the light of truth to enlighten those who have the duty to speak up for Terri Schindler Schiavo,” added Brown.

While many Catholic bishops throughout the United States have spoken out strongly in Terri’s defense and against the evil perpetrated against her, the response by the Florida Catholic Conference has been tepid at best. “Bishop Robert Lynch is Terri Schindler Schiavo’s spiritual shepherd; therefore he should be the outspoken defender of her spiritual and civil rights which are under direct, constant attack,” said Brown. “The lack of clear, decisive action by Bishop Lynch and his brother bishops in Florida to rally support in defense of Schiavo has been very disappointing.”

Brown said American Life League has taken great heart in the strong statements from many of the bishops, such as Bishop Raymond L. Burke of LaCrosse, Wis., Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, Va. and Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Ore. “I believe Bishop Vasa summed things up well when he stated: ‘Terri…is kept alive by the same things that keep me alive – food, water, air…it would be murder to cause her death by denying her the food she still has the ability to digest and which continues to provide for her a definite benefit – life itself,’’” said Brown.

Release issued: 24 Nov 03

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