Communications Department

National Right to Life “Deeply Saddened” by the Death of Terri Schiavo

Mar 31, 2005 | 2005 Press Releases

National Right to Life joins with countless others worldwide in expressing sympathy to the Schindler family over the death of Terri Schiavo. Terri died of starvation and dehydration today, nearly 13 days after her feeding tube was removed under court order. The following statement may be attributed to Burke Balch, J.D., Director of the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee:

We are deeply saddened by Terri’s death and extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Schindler family. Terri Schiavo’s death is a gross injustice and it marks a sad day in our history when our society allows Terri and others like her who have severe disabilities to be discarded in such a cruel and inhumane manner.

We must redouble our efforts to protect those with disabilities. We will continue working to ensure that they are not dismissed by some “quality of life” standard which dictates that some lives are less worthy than others.

National Right to Life is promoting a pro-life living will called the ‘Will to Live’ for those who wish to make sure they are not put to death by starvation and dehydration. It is important to recognize that many standard living will forms are written to reject food and fluids, not to insist on them and we encourage people to consider signing a pro-life living will.”

“Will to Live” forms, along with instructions on how to complete them are available for each state at

NRLC is the nation’s largest pro-life organization, with 50 state affiliates and approximately 3,000 local affiliates nationwide. NRLC works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and assisted suicide.