Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
What this country did to Terri Schiavo and how it felt about what it did is reprehensible.
Suzanne Schindler Vitadamo, sister of Terri Schindler Schiavo, is one of the featured speakers at the annual Wisconsin Right to Life convention this Saturday in Wisconsin Dells.
According to the North Country Gazette:
“Suzanne works with her mother, father and brother with the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation which advocates for persons in danger of being billed because they have been deemed unworthy of life. She will speak about her family’s struggle to care for her disabled sister, Terri, and the growing threat of euthanasia.
Terri Schindler Schiavo, incapacitated by a brain injury in February, 1990, died by way of court-ordered dehydration and starvation at a Pinellas County hospice on March 31, 2005. Suzanne and her family continue to wage a battle to save other people with disabilities through the Foundation, established by the Schindler family in 2000 in St. Petersburg, Fla. She and her brother, Bobby are co-hosts of a weekly radio show, America’s Lifeline, on Talk Radio 860WGUL in Tampa which airs Saturday afternoons at 3 p.m. and is streamed worldwide via the Internet at http://860wgul.townhall.com/
The Foundation seeks to establish a network of attorneys, doctors and other professionals to try to assist medically dependent families in crisis and ensure that they have a fighting chance at life.
“How are we better off as a society by killing Terri or anyone with a brain injury?” Vitadamo asks. “There are a lot of Terri’s out there.”
Vitadamo’s brother, Bobby Schindler recently wrote a column blasting some of the Presidential candidates for their comments about his sister, Terri, and wrote this strong statement that I couldn’t agree with more.
“There is a lethal bigotry against the disabled in our country and it’s getting worse, in particular against the cognitively disabled—human beings who are being killed every day in our nation. If left unchecked it will likely threaten the lives of everyone who is not able-bodied. This is especially problematic when you have potential leaders who have made it abundantly clear that they are going to do nothing to protect the value and dignity of people like my sister.”
Here is the entire column.
Schindler sees what I see….a nation blithely dismissing the life of an individual because she is ill, sick, disabled, and unable to interact or behave like much healthier humans.
The utter disregard and dismissal of life disgusts me.
That’s why I took what turned out to be a controversial stand against some, not all, health practitioners on the issue of Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders during a guest host stint on WISN last December. I stuck to my guns, defending the lives of young children who, through no fault of their own, faced death as health care professionals stood by and did nothing.
I was stunned and shocked by the hate mail I got from people who claimed to be compassionate.
In the battle pitting the culture of life against the culture of death, sadly, the culture of death is winning.
I make no apologies for standing on the side of life.