Of Vincent Lambert and Ethical Rubicons

Posted July 12, 2019 6:47 pm by Alex Schadenberg

Of Vincent Lambert and Ethical Rubicons

This article was published by National Review online on July 12, 2019.Wesley SmithBy Wesley J SmithVincent Lambert is dead.The forty-two-year-old Frenchman, who breathed his last yesterday in Reims, didn’t die by accident. It wasn’t “his time.” He died slowly, over nine days, by forced dehydration—a demise that causes radical drying of tissues, cracking membranes, potential seizures, and slow organ failure. This was not a case of euthanasia, per se—even though taking away a person’s sustenance can only have one outcome. Rather, Lambert’s forced dehydration was deemed simply a matter of bioethics carried out in law, an emotionally difficult but routine

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