Vincent Lambert dies

Jul 11, 2019 by

from Caroline Farrow, CitizenGo:

Vincent Lambert passed away this morning after being starved and dehydrated for nine days. Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents and loved ones who in fighting so heroically for the life of their son and brother, raised awareness of the dignity and value of every single human life.

Vincent’s death will no doubt launch a renewed discussion about repealing France’s prohibition on  euthanasia. The French government is currently planning a revision of bioethics legislation, including the 2016 Claeys-Leonetti law which allows for patients at the end of life to receive deep and continuous sedation. Like the Tony Bland ruling in the UK, the Claeys-Leonetti law classifies nutrition and hydration as medical treatment and not basic care, meaning that several other disabled people in France could face the same fate as Vincent.

As the president of CitizenGO Ignacio Arsuaga pointed out this morning, upon learning of Vincent’s death, this was effectively a state murder. Vincent Lambert was breathing independently without the help of a machine, doctors did not let him die but performed a premeditative killing by removing his access to food and water. A vulnerable disabled person has been deliberately euthanised.

This culture of death is not, as you know, limited to France. Here in the UK we have witnessed a number of similar cases, most recently with toddler Alfie Evans who survived for almost a week after being removed from his ventilator and deprived of nutrition and hydration. Terminally ill and elderly patients are still routinely placed upon a similar death pathway to that of Vincent in hospitals every single day.

Just last week there was another Parliamentary debate forced through by Nick Boles MP in the House of Commons in which Mr Boles made it clear that his aim was to reform the laws on assisted suicide.

I would like to thank you for all that you did to raise awareness of Vincent’s plight. 36,000 people signed the French petition urging the support of the French bishops and over 138,000 people signed the petition begging the French president, Emmanuel Macron to intervene.

In France, members of CitizenGO held a vigil outside the Trocadero and in Spain and the UK, bottles of water were handed out to members of the public outside of the French embassy together with leaflets informing the public of Vincent’s plight. We also managed to attract the attention of the French ambassador to the UK who saw our protest as he and his staff left the embassy on the way to an appointment.

 

 

Together with you, everyone at CitizenGO will continue to fight for the right to life of the most vulnerable in society.

Now is the time to respect the wishes of Vincent Lambert’s parents who acted with so much courage and dignity once they knew that the fight for their son was lost and gather together in prayer.

Yours sincerely

Caroline Farrow and the entire team at CitizenGO

PS – here is an excellent outline of the 10 compelling reasons why Vincent Lambert should have been allowed to live. https://www.mercatornet.com/careful/view/10-reasons-why-vincent-lambert-should-live/22634

 

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