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Govt a Makes Poor Parent for Baby Charlie Gard

Govt a Makes Poor Parent for Baby Charlie Gard
Supporters of critically ill baby Charlie Gard react after hearing his parents had dropped their legal bid at the High Court in London, on Monday, July 24, 2017. The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the U.S. for an experimental treatment. (Matt Dunham/AP)

By Thursday, 27 July 2017 12:08 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Hyper-partisanship has become the new normal, with each side screaming that America will be destroyed should the other party win. But America will not fall, nor will it ever cease being the beacon of hope to billions.

Being a democratic Republic isn’t easy, but to truly know how special we are, it’s necessary to take a step back and look around at everyone else. Only then do the freedoms we so often take for granted become crystal clear, and only then do we realize how so very different we are, even from our staunchest allies and fellow democracies.

The gulf between America and the rest of the civilized world has been on display in England. It is there that a medical death panel, with the full backing of the British government, has decreed that Baby Charlie, an 11 month old old child afflicted with a rare genetic disorder, must die, ordering all life support to cease.

Why? Because they are almighty, they know best, and most importantly, simply because they said so.

It's no surprise that the barbaric decision, after being affirmed by several British courts, including England's Supreme Court, was also affirmed by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR/ECtHR). How ironic.

A "human rights" court eviscerating the most basic human right  — the right to life — of a baby trying to survive, not to mention usurping the human right of parents to do what they believe is best for their child.

Baby Charlie’s fight for life, and the heavy-handed tactics of big brother, have created a global firestorm. Sadly, time will soon run out for Charlie, as British authorities refused to allow an innocent infant to receive experimental treatments in the United States.

Here’s a look:

1. It’s the British government, not the people, who should be the object of people’s ire. Many English are as abhorred, as is the rest of the world, at how Baby Charlie has been treated, and how the rights of his parents have been so cavalierly disregarded.

This is similar to the infamous Madeleine McCann case, where a young British girl disappeared in Portugal due to her parents’ negligence, as they repeatedly left her alone while wining and dining. The government dropped the ball with its exoneration of the parents — both doctors; failing to call them out for their irresponsible actions.

But many British did, making it clear that there was a huge difference between their out-of-touch government and the strong moral character of the people. The same applies here, as millions of Britons continue to pour out their hearts, prayers, and yes wallets, for Baby Charlie.

2. Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have tried every avenue to help their son. They vehemently opposed the hospital’s decision to pull the plug on life support, and battled in every court.

But their input has been ignored, their rights to make decisions on behalf of their son have been stripped. Charlie is now a ward of the state. The doctors are legally calling the shots, rendering Gard and Yates powerless.

The parents wanted to take Charlie to America for experimental treatments not available in Britain, because doctors here said they might be able to improve Charlie’s condition. Hospitals in the U.S. rolled out the welcome wagons, President Trump urged Britain to reconsider.

Pope Francis begged for the chance to have doctors give Charlie one last shot. As millions have been raised, mone yand transportation are no object. 

But all pleas have been rejected because a few doctors deemed Charlie’s "quality of life" too subpar.

The decision not to exhaust every possibility is so incomprehensible that it’s hard to see any explanation other than the doctors saving face. Pulling the plug now, and ignoring prospective treatments, is nothing less than murder.

3. The most important question in determining how a society values its people is, "Who is best suited to make decisions about children?" Is it dedicated and nurturing parents; or doctors, bureaucrats and judges? If a society claims to value the fundamental right to life, then what business is it of government to stand in the way of those trying to prolong such life, especially when doing so has no adverse impact on others, nor creates additional burdens — be they financial or health-related?

Who are these doctors arrogantly making such life and death calls?

Many are miracle workers, pioneering and administering treatments that make the head spin. But they aren’t perfect, and are often wrong. How often do we hear of a prognosis that someone has six months to live, yet is still going after six years? Or of people who become cured when doctors thought it impossible?

The human body and spirit are astounding in their ability to adapt, as well as their penchant for accepting treatments and fighting diseases.

Doctors playing God need to re-read their Hippocratic oath (especially the part about either helping, or not harming, the patient). Seeking prospects to prolong life is infinitely better suited to doctors than being on death panels. A little humility goes a long way.

The race to save Charlie, even though hope seems lost, should be front and center because it involves the most important race of all — the human race.

Godspeed, Baby Charlie.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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The gulf between America and the rest of the civilized world has been on display in England. It is there that a medical death panel, with full backing of the British government, has decreed that Baby Charlie must die. Why? Because they are almighty know best.
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