PARIS, September 29, 2003 ( – The death of a 22-year-old handicapped Frenchman, whose own mother injected barbiturates into his intravenous tube and killed him, is now being capitalized on by assisted suicide advocates.  Doctors failed to revive Vincent Humbert after his mother injected the poison late last Wednesday. His brother, Laurent Humbert, praised the murder on television. “They just told us he has died. We have what we wanted, he has what he wanted. I am happy my brother is free at last. It’s an enormous relief.”  The French government, grateful for any distraction from its political and economic problems, welcomed the case. “As a member of the government I can’t advocate breaking the law,” said Social Affairs Minister Francois Fillon. “What Marie Humbert did does not shock me. She can be proud of having enabled the opening of this debate.”  For Reuters newswire coverage:


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