The United Kingdom’s highest court has determined it is in Charlie Gard’s “best interest” for his parents to give up on him and watch him die. The European Court of Human Rights tacitly agrees.
Unless a last-minute rehearing reaches a different conclusion, under European law this renders Charlie hopeless, his parents powerless to intervene.
His parents raised more than $1.6 million in private funds to transport Charlie to the U.S. for further care. But the state hospital has been granted the legal right to pull the plug on the disabled infant at any time.
This is what happens when the state, not loving parents, decides what is best for a child: it miraculously happens to match whatever is best for the government!
Sadly, what happens in Europe has a way of coming here as well. And with the Supreme Court’s Troxel v. Granville (2000) decision, the way has already been paved.
Where once parental rights were afforded “strict judicial scrutiny” protection (Troxel, p. 80), now those same rights are granted only “some special weight” (ibid., p. 70)—and what that means varies from judge to judge and case to case.
Only the Parental Rights Amendment can keep what is happening to Charlie and his parents from ever coming to our shores.
Whether or not we can save Charlie, we must stand up and say, “Never here. Never again.”
For more on the Parental Rights Amendment in relation to Lyme/MSIDS and other medical settings: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/02/21/parental-rights-in-medical-settings/
A proposed Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (PRA) would provide that “the liberty of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children is a fundamental right.” By setting a firm constitutional standard to protect these rights, the amendment would provide clear direction for courts, doctors, child welfare workers, and other government officials. Racial bias would diminish as fewer cases are left to the discretion of a judge or other state agent. Another provision of the proposed Amendment would protect the rights of persons with disabilities. The proposal states, “The parental rights guaranteed by this article shall not be denied or abridged on account of disability.”