by Steven Ertelt
January 29, 2008
St. Petersburg, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Terri Schiavo's brother Bobby Schindler has endorsed Mike Huckabee for president and his support could help the former Arkansas governor receive more votes today in Florida. Schindler has been an outspoken advocate of the disabled and his family's foundation has helped patients like Terri get appropriate medical treatment.
Schindler says he supports Huckabee for his views on the sanctity of life.
"I am pleased to announce my personal support of Governor Mike Huckabee’s candidacy for President of the United States," Schindler said, adding that the endorsement didn't represent the foundation.
"Governor Huckabee has a long and distinguished record of championing the rights of the unborn and vulnerable in our nation," Schindler added, according to a statement LifeNews.com obtained.
"His commitment to the cause of life makes him uniquely qualified to lead our nation through the moral and ethical quagmire that has resulted from 35 years of disrespect for innocent human life," Schindler added.
"I am confident that Governor Huckabee recognizes all life as having value and dignity and, as President, will not only fight to defend the lives of the unborn, but will fight with just as much passion to protect those who, like my sister Terri Schiavo, live with cognitive disabilities," Schindler concluded.
Terri was killed on March 31, 2005 when her former husband won a protracted legal battle against the Schindler family for the right to disconnect her feeding tube.
Doctors who examined Terri say she was not in a persistent vegetative state and that her condition could have been improved has she been given access to more medical care and rehabilitative treatment.
Michael Schiavo eventually founded a political action committee called TerriPAC to attack pro-life lawmakers who aided her family in their fight to save Terri's life. After violating FEC reporting requirements on numerous occasions and slapped with fines from the agency, Michael closed the group at the end of 2007.
The Schindler family started the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation and has helped disabled patients and opposed assisted suicide and euthanasia since Terri's death.