The French equivalent of the High Court followed the public rapporteur’s recommendations. He had underlined the independence of the physician, who engaged his responsibility against his predecessor. The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation is very happy with the decision, which it applauds.
The ruling given this day is good news but does not come as a surprise. François Lambert engaged alone in a flawed request. He turned against the hospital of Reims which, by Dr Simon’s decision, had decided not to carry out the procedure Dr Kariger had taken when he was still in post and that consisted in stopping Vincent’s food and hydration.
“Even though this ruling was expected, because judges do have common sense, one cannot simply move on without wondering: what does the ruling from which we have just escaped really mean? The French justice has just prevented a nephew from demanding his uncle’s death. That is where we stand today; France has within its borders citizens who have the right to live, and others who do not. Our country has been adjudicating over this subject for months, under the impulse of the deputy Jean Leonetti, who often publically regrets the fact that Vincent Lambert is still alive. But what right does a parliamentarian have of erecting himself as referee over life and death?” comments Jean-Marie Le Méné, president of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation.