Commentary on the death of Vincent Lambert

Herehere, and here are links to commentary on the death of Vincent Lambert. Lambert died 9 days after doctors stopped providing him food and water. Lambert’s wife and a number of his siblings agreed with the doctors’ recommendation to withdraw food and water. Lambert’s parents and other siblings disagreed with the withdrawal. The case has been compared to the Terri Schindler-Schiavo case in Florida. Here is a link to a short article of mine on the Terri Schindler-Schiavo case.

Here is the conclusion of Wesley Smith’s commentary–“Unless society collectively rejects the logic and moral premises of the ‘quality of life’ ethic, I see few impediments—other than the weak reed of emotional revulsion—to keep us from following a dark bioethical path.”

Richard Myers

Richard S. Myers, the Vice-President of UFL, is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, where he teaches Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he won the law school's highest academic prize. He began his legal career by clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Myers also worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before joining the Ave Maria faculty. He is a co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Catholic University of American Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has also published extensively on constitutional law in law reviews and also testified before Congressional and state legislative hearings on life issues. Married to Mollie Murphy, who is also on the faculty at Ave Maria School of Law, they are the proud parents of six children - Michael, Patrick, Clare, Kathleen, Matthew, and Andrew.