Charlie Gard is a wonderful 10-month-old baby. He suffers from mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a condition which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage – yet, he’s not terminally ill. However, he’s in danger of dying: not (only) from his disease, though, but because of a bunch of English doctors and judges who claim that killing him (against his parents’ will!) is more ethical than let him live.
That’s not even euthanasia: it’s eugenics, it’s the arrogance of Man demanding to stand as God, to be entitled to choose those who deserve to live and those who don’t. It’s like a horrible mirroring of ancient practices, which we all hoped to be extinct: like the Spartan custom of abandoning the unfit newborns on the slopes of Taygetus – or throwing them into a chasm of the mountain.
Yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled the doctors to keep Charlie alive until its final judgement (just a little common sense: what’s the point of deciding on someone’s life, if he’s already been killed?!). Yet, the European judges didn’t indicate the day of this final judgement, just ensuring “the utmost urgency” to treat the application, as a spokesperson said.
I can’t even imagine what Chris Gard and Connie Yates – Charlie’s parents – are going through. They’re fighting a battle to win what should be the most natural thing in the world – their baby’s right to live. They know there’s an experimental treatment in the U.S.: it’s dangerous, but it may be Charlie’s last hope. That’s why Chris and Connie have raised £1.3m on a crowdfunding site to pay for the therapy trial: yet, last April a British High Court judge ruled against the journey, saying that Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.
To this, lawyers representing Chris and Connie respond by saying that parents should be free to make decisions about their children’s treatment unless any proposed treatment poses a risk of significant harm.
It’s amazing how deeply the prophets of Evil care about an innocent child’s death – and how many useful idiots are following them like puppy dogs. How nice it would be if as much energy were devoted to Life and Good!
We’ve got just prayer on our side – but prayer can change History. Let’s pray for Charlie, therefore. Let’s pray for Chris and Connie. And let’s pray for the European judges: so that their judgement can be wise and enlightened, and they can reject Death, and choose Life instead.