A recent story that made waves online is that of Charlie Gard, a ten month-old baby boy from the United Kingdom. He has taken center stage in the fight about the morality of government-run medicine in Europe.
Charlie is suffering from a rare disease known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. According to doctors, young Charlie’s condition is terminal, and he should therefore be removed from his life-support system.
However, Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, believe there is hope for his treatment. Doctors in the United States have been developing an experimental therapy for mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. In fact, the couple started a GoFundMe and raised the necessary 1.3 million British pounds (approximately 1.7 million dollars) to pay for the treatment.
When Charlie’s parents pleaded with doctors and British courts to allow their son to travel for the treatment, they were denied. Desperate, the couple took their case to the European Court of Human Rights. However, the ECHR refused to intervene, thereby denying Charlie the fundamental right to life.
As one final insult, the hospital in which Charlie is being treated refused to allow the devastated parents to let Charlie die in his own home. Unsatisfied with the extent of its lack of humanity, the British health system decided to twist the knife once more. Charlie’s parents can’t take their infant son home for his last moments on Earth.
Charlie Gard lost his fight against real-life death panels and the crushing inhumanity of government bureaucracy. He has become another victim of a degenerate system of socialized healthcare. Moreover, his life is more proof that we must never trust government.
Like all of us, leaders are corruptible human beings. The moment we imbue government with infallibility is the moment we become accessories to murder. We must never trust bureaucrats with the authority to deny the inherent right to life to innocent children.
That right is God-given. And despite what some may believe, God does not live in Brussels.