NRLC Mourns the Death of Robert Schindler, Sr.

For immediate release:                                        
Saturday, August 29, 2009      

NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE MOURNS THE LOSS
OF ROBERT SCHINDLER, SR.

 WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nation’s largest pro-life group, today joined with pro-lifers nationwide in mourning the passing of our dear friend Robert Schindler, Sr., the father of Terri Schindler Schiavo.  Mr. Schindler died this morning in St. Petersburg, Florida.

 “Bob Schindler was an extraordinary father, husband and friend,” said Wanda Franz, Ph.D., National Right to Life President.  “His death is a profound loss for all of us in the pro-life movement.  Today, our thoughts and prayers are with his loving wife, Mary and their children, Bobby and Suzanne.”

 Despite facing legal setbacks at virtually every turn, the Schindlers, with their children at their side, fought unceasingly to defend the right of their daughter, Terri Schindler Schiavo, to receive food and fluids.  Their brave struggle ended on March 31, 2005, when Terri died from a court-ordered withdrawal of nutrition and hydration.

 Following Terri’s death, the family began advocating for other medically dependent and disabled patients facing similar circumstances through the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation.

 In 2007, the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund honored the Schindler family with the Proudly Pro-Life Award for their dedication and public witness to the cause of life.

 “In life, Bob, and his wife Mary, never sought the spotlight.  They only wished to care for their beloved daughter, Terri.  Through their selfless dedication to Terri, they showed the nation and the world what it means when someone says they are ‘pro-life’,” added David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., National Right to Life Executive Director.

 The National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s largest pro-life group is a federation of affiliates in all 50 states and 3,000 local chapters nationwide.  National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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