One of the under-appreciated parts of the Trump Presidency was displayed in the UK’s Charlie Gard crisis. It highlights how America is different from socialist nations… in a GOOD way.
The British one-payer health system is basically what the Bernie Sanders crowd wants us to adopt. The Charlie Gard crisis shone a spotlight on exactly WHY Americans should think twice before adopting it.
Little Charlie, you may remember, is the British toddler who was denied life-saving medical treatment by his own government. His was one of two stories (the other being Alfie Evans) where parents fought in court for the right to have him receive treatment out-of-country. Parents had the funding taken care of through non-government sources. The parents had found foreign doctors in foreign hospitals willing to perform treatments with a good chance at saving their lives.
The government fought like hell in court to prevent the parents from saving those babies’ lives… while the babies’ conditions worsened day by day. In one of the cases, a team of police stood guard so that the child would not be removed from the hospital by the parents. Even in the dying moments of one child, he was not allowed the dignity of living out his last days quietly in his own home.
Trump, meanwhile, was raising public pressure to allow this family the right to try. You will remember that ‘right to try’ was one of Trump’s more innovative government policies. It had the additional benefit of being entirely consistent with a little thing called Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
All these years later, we are right back where we were back then. A different family finds itself in the same situation. The child whose death they are so callously ordering isn’t even a British subject. Italy has granted the baby citizenship there and is appealing for the rights of an Italian citizen.
Meet Indi Gregory.
A terminally ill baby in England is set to be removed from life support on Thursday following a judge’s ruling, despite the pleading of her parents to allow a Vatican children’s hospital to treat the child in Italy.
Indi Gregory, born in February, suffers from a rare degenerative mitochondrial disease and has been receiving life-sustaining treatment on a ventilator at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, England.
Gregory’s parents have repeatedly appealed to take her to Rome for treatment after England’s high court ruled that it was in the child’s “best interests” to be taken off life support. In a desperate effort to save Gregory’s life, the Italian government decided in an emergency meeting on Monday to grant her Italian citizenship and to cover the cost of her medical treatment at the Bambino Gesù pediatric hospital.
According to the British advocacy group Christian Concern, Justice Robert Peel ruled on Wednesday, following a Nov. 7 “urgent online hearing,” that Gregory’s life-support must be removed at 2 p.m. local time on Nov. 9, contrary to the wishes of her parents and over and against Italy’s attempts to help. — NC Register
Not only did they want to remove life support, it was also ordered that the child not be permitted to spend those final moments at home.
An appeal went out. And it was heard.
The infant has received a stay of execution.
Indi’s parents made a last-ditch appeal on Wednesday against the ruling, and the CLC noted that Lady Justice Eleanor King has since ruled that the girl’s pending removal from life support will be delayed at least until another hearing scheduled at noon local time on Friday.
The U.K. courts might also again consider whether to allow Indi to be transferred to Rome, where she has been offered specialist treatment at the Vatican-run Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital at no cost to the NHS or U.K. taxpayers, the CLC said.
Peel twice blocked Indi Gregory’s transfer to Italy for specialist treatment, even though the Italian government decided during an emergency meeting on Monday to grant the girl Italian citizenship.
Dr. Matteo Corradini, who serves as the Italian consul in Manchester, urged the British court to grant him jurisdiction over Indi’s case under Article 9 of the 1996 Hague Convention given her new citizenship, which the CLC noted is unprecedented. — ChristianPost
This was, at one time, the birthplace of the Magna Carta. The British Parliamentary system that came out of Magna Carta and a deep tradition of Christian principles formed the template for the world’s most successful democratic nations — America included.
Abandoning the country’s Christian principles comes with consequences. The utilitarian cheapening of human life with expediencies like ‘cost’ or ‘suffering’, with the voice of the government outweighing the interest of the parent is exactly the sort of consequence you can expect.
The 20th Century was a vicious and bloody century. Do we really believe it was a coincidence that the worst offenders (including the Nazis and the Communists) were self-consciously secular? Erasing God and religion doesn’t do away with them. It only empowers the government to expand into both roles… you might almost call it a secular theocracy.
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