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Vincent Lambert in danger once again

For several years I have been watching the case of Vincent Lambert, a disabled man in France. He was injured in a car accident in 2008. See a partial time-line here. (It doesn't include the latest events.) Beginning in 2013, his wife and some other relatives, with the cooperation of doctors, began a series of attempts to kill him by dehydration. These were stopped in 2013, when he was taken off of food and water for a long time but survived, and in 2015.

In 2015 it was unclear precisely why he was not killed, but apparently it was because of the publicity surrounding the case. In that same year, unfortunately, some pro-lifers in the United States apparently decided the case wasn't worth following or reporting on, one leading pro-life reporter even going so far as to say that it was "like trying to refight the 1968 election"--a most unfortunate remark seeming to indicate that Vincent's killing could be regarded as a "done deal," as unchangeable as the past.

I'm inclined to think that some of the neglect of Vincent's case arises from the mere fact that it is occurring in France, not in America. American pro-life media need to cover this case in English-language forums.

Fortunately, his parents have never given up, and here we are, three years later, and ten years after his accident. Since at least 2013 those years are the gift of his tenacious parents and friends who have been vigilant and have stopped the attempts to dehydrate him quietly to death behind closed doors in a French hospital. Vincent breathes on his own and is apparently in a "minimally conscious state." At one point he could eat by mouth. I don't know if that is still possible, because if mouth feeding is discontinued, the muscles of the throat will atrophy. For years he has not received any therapy that might help him to retain or regain function.

Now his newest doctor has once more made a decision to discontinue his food and water so that he will die. His parents have immediately contested the decision.

You can pray and, if you haven't yet, sign the petition to support Vincent Lambert's life.

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