Congratulations to Prince William of Great Britain and his wife Kate, who officially introduced the nation to their third child and second son Monday. Across Britain (and among Royal watchers worldwide) people celebrated, shared photos of the adorable baby boy and placed bets on what his name will be. Which is fine, because the arrival of any baby should be a time of joy and celebration.
Tragically, there has never been a starker illustration of the difference in importance placed on two babies' lives than you’ll see today in Britain, where two big news stories are the official celebration of the birth of a royal baby and the heartbreaking battle of two everyday parents to save their baby from being condemned to die by that same government’s arrogant health care system. On the very day the nation was celebrating the Royal baby, the UK government was removing the life support system from 23-month-old Alfie Evans and stationing a line of police to keep his frantic parents from trying to move him to another hospital that would grant him care.
Alfie went into a coma from a condition British doctors could not diagnose, yet they think themselves infallible enough to determine that nothing can save him and it’s better to let him die. This despite the fact that a Vatican hospital agreed to try alternative treatment, as did hospitals in several other nations. Various international ambulance flight services volunteered to transport him. Italy even extended Italian citizenship to the child. Yet the British National Health System (which many Americans insist we emulate, while mocking anyone who worries it will lead to the government deciding who gets to live or die) ruled that the baby had to die, for his own good. Despite the parents receiving support from around the world, Britain’s Supreme Court rejected the parents’ second appeal.
Let me emphasize: it would cost the NHS nothing to let the parents take him away for treatment which is being offered to him elsewhere. If the treatment doesn’t work, then nothing will be lost because they want to kill him anyway. However, letting his parents take him would establish a dangerous precedent that parents have the right to make health care decisions for their children instead of government doctors and bureaucrats.
But here’s a twist that his doctors, who seem to believe they’re omnipotent and should hold God-like power over life and death, never saw coming: as of now, Alfie has been off life support for nearly a full day and is still alive and breathing on his own. All the best efforts of his doctors to kill him have so far failed. The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, even put out a video of support “for Alfie and his overtired parents,” saying, “The power of love is defeating the cynicism of those who have pulled the plug.” A High Court Justice has now scheduled a hearing into the parents’ appeal. It would have been nice to consider hearing the parents’ case before Alfie’s life support was turned off, but let’s all keep praying for a miracle.
I’ve always believed that all life is sacred, all babies are a precious gift and nobody’s life is worth more than anyone else’s. If that is true, then any effort that might save little Alfie should be allowed to be tried, just as it would be if he were a Royal baby.
For more on this story, here’s a link to video of my appearance yesterday on Fox News. In the meantime, please keep praying for Alfie. It’s working.