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Collin Raye: the New Official Spokesman for the Life and Hope Network

by | Oct 27, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

One of the objectives of National Right to Life News Today is to cue our readers into first-rate stories that you can access online. Thus one of my more pleasant tasks is to tell you about stories such as “Raye of Light: A country star gives voice to the voiceless.”

We’ve written twice about multi-platinum country-music singer Collin Raye, specifically about the song he wrote about Haley, his grandchild who was born mute, because of a neurological disability. “She’s With Me” is a song I fervently hope you’ve heard. (If you haven’t, go to

Mr. Raye  is now the official spokesman for the Life and Hope Network, the foundation established and headed by Terri’s Schindler Schiavo’s brother, Bobby Schindler. Raye gave an delightful and life-affirming interview to Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor-at-large for National Review Online, which ran today (

You’ll learn why Raye was so moved by Terri’s horrible and wholly unnecessary death by starvation and dehydration. Lopez writes,

“The story is a personal one for Raye as much as it is political and cultural. His wife, Connie, suffered a heart attack and stroke when she gave birth early to their son Jacob. She would remain in a coma for eight months, and turning off the machines that were keeping her alive was suggested. But Connie would recover, after a lot of hard work relearning things such as walking and talking. She would live to be a grandmother.’

   I do want you to read the entire interview for yourself, so I’ll stop here. One thing is clear: the Life and Hope Network could not have a finer official spokesman.

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