Terri’s parents and siblings, supported by hundreds of thousands who witnessed to Terri’s right to life in the years before her court-ordered death, created the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network to serve medically vulnerable persons at risk of being marginalized rather than supported in love.
Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network Mission
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network upholds human dignity through service to the medically vulnerable.
The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network expresses this mission through public advocacy of essential qualities of human dignity—which include the right to food and water, the presumption of the will to live, due process against denial of care, protection from euthanasia as a form of medicine, and access to rehabilitative care—as well as through 24/7 Crisis Lifeline service to at-risk patients and families.
Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother
Bobby Schindler is president of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network and advocates for the medically vulnerable in honor of Terri Schiavo, his sister. A full-time pro-life advocate, Bobby and his family has been instrumental in providing resources and support to more than 2,500 patients and families at risk of euthanasia from physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, and others more interested in healthcare rationing than in providing basic, life-affirming care for their most vulnerable. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribute, TIME, National Review, Human Life Review, Townhall, and others.
Bobby’s life took a dramatic and unexpected turn when his older sister, Terri, suddenly collapsed and was left with a profound brain injury. When Terri’s estranged husband sought court permission to starve and dehydrate her to death, Bobby was propelled into a life he’d never imagined. He spoke in defense of his sister on numerous national television and radio programs including Hannity & Colmes, Larry King Live, the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Glenn Beck Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, the 700 Club, EWTN and many others. Bobby co-authored the book A Life That Matters: The Legacy of Terri Schiavo as a resource for those seeking to understand the true story of Terri’s fight.
As a pro-life advocate, Bobby has spoken in more than 45 states and in more than a dozen countries. He has spoken especially to young people at dozens of colleges and universities, with special emphasis on medical and law students. He speaks not only with firsthand accounts of Terri’s story—which was often misrepresented by mainstream media—but also on topics relating to the medically vulnerable today, particularly including the right to food and water, medical ethics and the bioethics movement, and how to uphold human dignity for a disabled or medically vulnerable loved one. He has testified before state legislatures in Florida, Louisiana, California, Kentucky, Ohio, and other states, and has addressed Members of Parliament in Australia and Canada concerning the protection of the medically vulnerable.
Bobby lives in Cincinnati with Kristina, his wife, and a happy family of nine. He holds degrees from LaSalle University and Florida State University, as well as the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s Certificate in Health Care Ethics.