Reaction to Shiavo Death

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The chairman of the Colorado Springs-based ministry Focus on the Family says he grieves for the family of Terri Schiavo (SHY'-voh) -- and fears for the future of the country.

Dr. James Dobson issued a statement this morning, shortly after Schiavo died at a hospice in Pinellas (pun-NELL'-us) Park, Florida.

She was 41.

Dobson called Schiavo's death a "cold-blooded extermination" of a disabled woman, and said today is a tragic day for her family -- and "the entire human family."

Dobson accused every judge who failed to intervene in Schiavo's case of "judicial malfeasance," saying Schiavo was "executed" for being guilty of nothing except the inability to speak for herself.

Here is the text of Dobson's full statement:
"Today is a tragic day for the Schindler family -- and, indeed, for the entire human family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schindlers, who have been made to watch their beloved daughter and sister waste away for the last two weeks -- under not only the approval of the courts, but under their direct order.

"Every Florida and federal judge who failed to act to spare this precious woman from the torment she was forced to endure is guilty not only of judicial malfeasance -- but of the cold-blooded, cold-hearted extermination of an innocent human life. Terri Schiavo has been executed, under the guise of law and 'mercy,' for being guilty of nothing more than the inability to speak for herself.

"I grieve for the Schindlers today, and I fear for the future of our nation." -- Dr. James C. Dobson, Chairman, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colo.