Tuesday, May 7, 2019

UN Committee prevents disabled man from being dehydrated to death in France.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Vincent Lambert's mother has been fighting for his life.
The United Nations committee on disability rights is intervening in the Vincent Lambert case in France. 

Lambert was cognitively disabled in a motorcycle accident injury in 2008. In 2015, his wife petitioned the court to have all treatment and care ceased including food and water. His parents urged that their son be transferred to a rehabilitation center. The legal battle concerning withdrawing fluids and food from Lambert has continued. 

According to France24.com, the French government responded to the UN disability rights committee by suspending any decision to withdraw fluids and food from Lambert. France's Health Minister, Agnes Buzyn stated:
...that although France would answer the committee, it was not under any legal requirement to abide by its request

"We are not legally bound by this committee, but of course we will take into account what the UN says, and we will respond," she told BFMTV on Sunday.
Vincent Lambert is a man with disabilities, who is not dying or nearing death. To intentionally kill a person by withdrawing fluids, when the person is not otherwise dying is euthanasia by dehydration since the person is directly and intentionally dies of thirst.

Recently a UN disability rights envoy urged Canada to amend its euthanasia law to ensure protections for people with disabilities from euthanasia.

Link to previous Vincent Lambert case articles.

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