26th Annual Right to Life Benefit Dinner a Success
By St. Joseph County Right to Life | October 16, 2017, 11:32am
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — As one of the oldest pro-life groups in the nation, St. Joseph County Right to Life has flourished into a community of more than 10,000 strong, nearly 800 of whom gathered together on October 12 for the 26th annual Right to Life Benefit Dinner at the South Bend Century Center. Bobby Schindler, brother of euthanasia victim, Terri Schiavo and President of Life & Hope Network, offered a keynote address on the chilling reality of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. Speaking from personal experience after watching his sister die from dehydration and starvation when her feeding tube was forcibly removed to satisfy her estranged husband’s wishes.
“People don’t want to care for other people in these conditions. He wanted to put her out of HIS misery.” Schindler reflected. “Falling into the trap of autonomy and lies of “personhood theory,“ he exposed the prejudice and bias against people with disabilities in the medical and legal arenas. He described the ways that modern bio-ethicists with a euthanasia agenda changed language to de-humanize people, such as creating new categories like human “non-persons.“ If you look at abortion and you look at euthanasia you start to notice a grammar of dehumanizing.”
Even medical language has been redefined to dehumanize people, he explained. “Feeding tubes are no longer considered basic care but rather medical care or “extraordinary means.“ Even if someone is conscious and responsive, feeding tubes can now be removed.” “The interest is financial,“ Schindler explained of the growing culture of death regarding end of life issues.
Paul Marz was awarded the Annette M. Macknick Courage Award for his pro-life activity. Paul has been through thick and thin with Right to Life, as one of the organization’s most faithful volunteers for over 23 years. During that time, Paul became a critical force for life in prayer and action, especially when it came to the organization’s work directing women in crisis away from the South Bend Women’s Pavilion abortion clinic and toward pregnancy resource centers which value the gift of life of both mothers and babies.
Mark and Laura Jamrog received the Pillar of Life Award for their long-standing support and leadership in the pro-life effort. Mark and Laura have been supporting St. Joseph County Right to Life and local pregnancy resource centers for many years. The Jamrogs describe themselves as regular folks who simply strive to sincerely live and breathe these fundamental beliefs.
Bob Nagle emceed the evening, and Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend offered the invocation while Pastor Ramona Wilson of Radiant Church offered the closing prayer.
Those in attendance reflected upon both the grave losses and pivotal victories experienced alongside one another. St. Joseph County Right to Life encouraged those who attended the dinner to follow in the footsteps of these leaders by living out faith in practice and continuing to stand firm for the rights of the most vulnerable. In doing so, they were urged to take a step back and really consider the question: why are you pro-life?
With late-breaking news, Antonio Marchi, Program Director, announced that a new abortion clinic applied to open on the west side of South Bend. Extra donations are welcomed for this new fight in our community! It is now up to the pro-life people of our community to ignite and spread the passion, continuing to work toward a day when all human life will be recognized as a beloved gift.
Proceeds from the evening will support St. Joseph County Right to Life’s varied programs which cultivate a culture of life, including advertising campaigns aimed at helping women in crisis pregnancies get the help they need and encouraging women to consider adoption.