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WASHINGTON, March 28 - The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that thousands of strangers moved by her plight will receive a steady stream of solicitations from anti-abortion and conservative groups.
"These compassionate pro-lifers donated toward Bob Schindler's legal battle to keep Terri's estranged husband from removing the feeding tube from Terri," says a description of the list on the Web site of the firm, Response Unlimited, which is asking $150 a month for 6,000 names and $500 a month for 4,000 e-mail addresses of people who responded last month to an e-mail plea from Ms. Schiavo's father. "These individuals are passionate about the way they value human life, adamantly oppose euthanasia and are pro-life in every sense of the word!"
Privacy experts said the sale of the list was legal and even predictable, if ghoulish.
"I think it's amusing," said Robert Gellman, a privacy and information policy consultant. "I think it's absolutely classic America. Everything is for sale in America, every type of personal information."
Executives of Response Unlimited declined to comment. Gary McCullough, director of the Christian Communication Network and a spokesman for Ms. Schiavo's parents, confirmed that Mr. Schindler had agreed to let Response Unlimited rent out the list as part of a deal for the firm to send an e-mail solicitation raising money on the family's behalf.
Mr. McCullough said he was present when Mr. Schindler agreed to the arrangement in a conversation with Phil Sheldon, the co-founder of a conservative online marketing organization, RightMarch.com, who acted as a broker for Response Unlimited.
"So the Schindlers do know the details," Mr. McCullough said on Monday. How much attention they paid to the matter is hard to assess, he added. "The Schindlers right now know that their daughter is starving to death, and if I ask about anything else, they say, 'I don't want to hear about it.' "
Pamela Hennessy, an unpaid spokeswoman for the Schindlers, said she was initially appalled when she learned of the list's existence.
"It is possibly the most distasteful thing I have ever seen," Ms. Hennessy said. "Everybody is making a buck off of her."
Ms. Hennessy, who operates the Schindlers' Web site, www.terrisfight.org, said the family had not released any of the names or e-mail addresses gathered there. "Obviously these people are enterprising, and they are taking advantage of this very desperate father," she said.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
One can only hope this pushes more people to the middle, away from the fringe. If I donated to help a dying woman's grief struck family win a court battle, and got some letter in the mail espousing the dangers of 'mud people', or cultivating a crusade agaisnt muslims, I'd flip. I'd renounce the entire nonsensical distinction and focus on appreciating and encouraging individuality.
I hope others will react as I would.
Originally posted by 00PS
Originally posted by Mynaeris
RANT: It is totally shocking how these people find every opportunity to make a quick buck out of every occasion.
As for the people on the list , you try to make them look stupid for caring.
You come across as rather insensitive instead.
Mostly you assume that those who are for saving Terri are against homosexuality, and that being "liberal" makes you (1) against the fight to keep Terri alive and (2) for homosexual rights. Prove it.
This is a woman dying of starvation. Not a bad joke.
These are parents forced to watch their daughter die painfully, yes painfully that is why she is having morphine injections, not the brunt of clever turns of phrase. Honestly people especially mods show sensitivity. There but for fortune go you or I.
I miss the kinder , funny, friendly Rant.
Originally posted by onlyinmydreams
What I've learned so far:
It's ok for liberals to organize but not conservatives
It's ok for liberals to have mailing lists but not conservatives
It's ok for liberals to have freedom of speech but not conservatives
It's ok for liberals to protest but not conservatives
It's ok for liberals to have their own magazines and tv shows but not conservatives
Its ok for liberals to set normative moral standards but not conservatives
Originally posted by Mynaeris
These are parents forced to watch their daughter die painfully, yes painfully that is why she is having morphine injections, not the brunt of clever turns of phrase.
I'm really chaotic neutral. Always have been. You just usually agree. But this is how the "other half" always found me.