I haven’t written about this case yet because I was hoping and praying that the judges in the UK would come to their senses and relocate their hearts. Sadly, that hasn’t happened. In a case tragically similar to the death of young Charlie Gard, Great Britain’s government health care system has once again overruled the desperate pleas of parents and condemned a baby boy named Alfie Evans to die.
Alfie went into a coma from a brain condition that the NHS doctors couldn’t diagnose. They ruled that he’ll never get better and his life isn’t worth living, so he should be taken off life support to die. While it is a longshot that he could be saved, the parents want to try alternative treatment, which a Vatican hospital offered to provide. But the doctors refused to let the parents have their own child. They went to court, where the judges sided with the NHS and ruled that Alfie had to die. The parents appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that they now have three air ambulance services offering to transport him and hospitals in the Vatican, Milan, Genoa, Rome and Munich all willing to treat him. But in what must be the most soul-crushing, Orwellian nightmare imaginable for parents, the Supreme Court dismissed their appeal.
This is why so many Americans reject the idea of government-run health care, and the notion that the British system is something we should emulate. When the state controls decisions over your health, it controls you. And when it controls you, it thinks it owns you. In the UK, it’s now been certified by the courts: parents don’t even control life-or-death medical decisions for their children. The state does, and by extension, it thinks it owns your children. We don’t need that here, and I’m astonished and sickened that the British people would allow it to continue there. Maybe they’re afraid that if they rise up in protest to defend the sanctity of human life, the government will take their medicine away.
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