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National Right to Life salutes Terri Schiavo's parents, siblings

The National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund will hold its 14th annual Proudly Pro-Life Awards dinner in DC next week, honoring Terri Schiavo's parents, and her brother and sister.

The organization notes that the family came to international prominence in 2005 as they sought to keep the brain-damaged woman alive in a Florida hospice.

Schiavo died March 31, 2005, almost two weeks after a feeding tube was removed under a court order.

The bitter struggle between Schiavo's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, and her husband over whether she would have wanted to be kept alive with the feeding tube riveted Americans, sparked an international debate about end-of-life issues and prompted Congress to intervene.

Among the speakers at the Oct. 2 dinner, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who championed congressional efforts to keep Schiavo alive.

Since Schiavo's death, her family has created a foundation to help others like her.