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“Terri’s Day”

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008

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STEUBENVILLE, OH—Franciscan University of Steubenville will hold its first annual Terri’s Day event, commemorating the three-year anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo on Monday, March 31, with prayer and education.

Slowly dehydrated and starved to death over the course of two weeks, Terri’s life and death became the focus of national and world media, and drew attention to discriminatory killing of vulnerable members of society .

In her memory, the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation has asked that events be held to promote awareness of the current trend of euthanasia in the world.

Jerri Lynn Ward, JD, a leading pro-life attorney from Austin, Texas, will speak at 9:00 p.m. in Pugliese Auditorium on the present state of euthanasia in America, specifically addressing the Texas futile care laws that allow individuals to be legally euthanized against their will. In 2006, Texas Right to Life honored Ward as “Pro-Life Attorney of the Year” for testifying against the Texas Futile Care Statute.

After Ward’s speech, Students for Life will show a video from Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo, and will read a letter he wrote specifically to the students of Franciscan University. Participants will also have the opportunity to fill out a will to live, in case they should ever be unable to speak for themselves.

Eileen Crosby, of Students for Life, says, “We need to understand the issues surrounding euthanasia and learn what it means to respect life, especially the lives of the most vulnerable members of our society.”

Franciscan University Masses celebrated on Monday, March 31, Terri’s Day, will be offered up for an end to the culture of death, and a holy hour will be held in Christ the King Chapel from 3:00-4:00 p.m. for the same intention.

Terri’s Day is sponsored by Franciscan University Students for Life and College Republicans.

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