April 20, 2017

When the State Becomes Lord of Life and Death

Doctors are Getting Used to Killing. They’re Getting Good at It writes Maggie Gallagher
We've already crossed the line from voluntary to involuntary euthanasia.

Charlie Gard suffers from a form of mitochondrial disease.  Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, had started a GoFundMe campaign. They raised more than $1.5 million from 80,000 donors for an experimental treatment in the United States.  Yet the specialists who are treating him in England requested the power to pull the plug on Charlie.


Charlie Gard’s daddy pleaded with the British judge for a chance at life for his son, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder. Charlie “should not have to die because he will not be like another little boy.”  “Please,” he begged the judge, “give him a chance.”

Instead last week Judge Nicholas Francis ruled: “It is in Charlie’s best interests” that “Great Ormond Street may lawfully withdraw all treatment save for palliative care to permit Charlie to die with dignity.” Charlie’s parents are appealing the ruling. Charlie’s death sentence is stayed for a few weeks.

Loving parents asked for their natural right to try everything to save their son’s life. Instead the judge ruled they had no say in their own baby’s medical care.

The law began by stepping in to protect children from abusive parents. Today in Great Britain the government chose death for a baby with two parents, whom the judge himself described as showing “absolute dedication to their wonderful boy, from the day that he was born.”

The State Becomes Lord of Life and Death
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