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Bioethics Report

Bioethics Report

By Bobby Schindler

Bobby Schindler is President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network and Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
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#8 Victoria Arlen's incredible experience
#8 Victoria Arlen's incredible experience
Reflecting on Victoria Arlen's triumph, taking her first steps after experiencing paralysis for a decade and living in a "locked in" state. ESPN profiles Victoria:
August 31, 2018
#7 On Jahi McMath's Death
#7 On Jahi McMath's Death
Reflecting on Jahi McMath's life, death, and importance.
July 07, 2018
#6 Interview: "Simon's Law" and parental rights
#6 Interview: "Simon's Law" and parental rights
A brief interview with Sheryl Crosier and Kayre Perez at the National Right to Life Convention in Kansas City on "Simon's Law" and parental rights. “Simon’s Law” is named for a medically fragile baby born with Trisomy 18 and apnea (breathing difficulty), who died when resuscitation was denied. His devastated parents, Sheryl and Scott Crosier, only learned later that Simon’s hospital chart contained a DNR [Do Not Resuscitate] that was never discussed, much less permitted by them. They have mounted a grassroots crusade to alert parents and enact this law to protect parents’ rights.
June 29, 2018
#5 Isn't food and water basic?
#5 Isn't food and water basic?
Why food and water should be understood as a basic and ordinary form of care, and not as a "medical treatment" that's always equivalent to extraordinary life support.
June 12, 2018
#4 Power of perspective
#4 Power of perspective
Improving our culture starts with reconsidering our own attitudes, our own potentially oppressive biases, and embracing a more life-affirming attitude toward our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.
June 06, 2018
#3 Terri Schiavo’s Story
#3 Terri Schiavo’s Story
The name “Terri Schiavo” became seared into America’s national memory, and into the history of both the “right to life” and “right to die” movements. But it’s now been more than a decade since her death, and many are now too young to remember her story. She was my sister, so let me share a bit of her story now.
June 01, 2018
#2 Reflecting on the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
#2 Reflecting on the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
I attended the May 24, 2018 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. Sharing some of my thoughts and reactions on this event after my first time attending it.
May 25, 2018
#1 Starting
#1 Starting
I’m President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, which serves medically vulnerable persons at risk of a variety of denial of basic care situations. I’m also an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, where I write about bioethical issues, particularly on euthanasia, assisted suicide, denial of basic care, and rehabilitation’s role in stories of remarkable recovery. I’m doing this as a way to share thoughts and perspective in a casual, more accessible way— less formal than my writing or talks, but hopefully still meaningful and impactful in terms of reflecting on prominent cases of medically vulnerable persons, and reflections on the life issues of the day.
May 23, 2018