Charlie Gard’s parents, Chris Gard and Sally Yates, have given up the battle to save their son after a court again refused treatment. They asked the courts to allow them to take him home for the first and only time before he is taken off the respirator. They were denied and the child will die in hospice because they don’t think the parents have any rights.
The Guardian, a far-left-wing publication, made the case that parents do not have rights over their children.
These are the steps. The first is to recognise that children do not belong to their parents. Second, when a claim is made that parents have rights over their children, it is important to step back and examine the language used. We need to remind ourselves that parents do not have rights regarding their children, they only have duties, the principal duty being to act in their children’s best interests. This has been part of the fabric of our law and our society for a long time. Third, if we are concerned with the language of rights, it is, of course, children who have rights; any rights that parents have exist only to protect their children’s rights.
As if that appalling view isn’t awful enough, the hardcore leftists at Salon.com are calling conservatives and others who wanted to save Charlie Gard “vampires”. The title of their article is, “The sad story of Charlie Gard shows there’s no limit to right-wing political vampirism”. The subtitle is, “A dying baby and his parents have been exploited by conservatives who want to strip Americans of health care”.
The leftists at Salon want government healthcare and government control over our lives.
Britain’s socialist health care system controls all aspects of medical care in the UK and when someone has a serious illness that will cost a lot of money to treat, the British system simply allows that person to die rather than spend the money to treat the illness. In the case of Charlie Gard, the parents raised the money to take him to the States for an experimental treatment. In fact, the doctors considered sending the medicine to the U.S. The courts rejected the efforts.
Charlie was born with a genetic illness, mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. There is little known about the disease.
The British system —NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence — won’t approve of spending the money to treat this illness in the United States.