Every once in a while, you come across a story that completely blows your mind.
In a sickening move, the European Court of Human Rights have upheld a hospital’s decision to remove 10-month-old Charlie Gard’s life support rather than send him to the United States to receive an experimental treatment that may save his life.
Gard is currently suffering from a rare mitochondrial DNA disease and his family has been unable to find a doctor in Europe that is willing to try the experimental treatment on the boy.
“Subjecting him to nucleoside therapy is unknown territory — it has never even been tested on mouse models — but it may, or may not, subject the patient to pain, possibly even to mutations,” wrote Justice Francis in the high court’s judgment concerning the case.
“But if Charlie’s damaged brain function cannot be improved, as all seem to agree, then how can he be any better off than he is now, which is in a condition that his parents believe should not be sustained?”
Conservative Tribune reports:
Dr. Brian Callister of Nevada denounced the decision for the abomination that it is.
“To withdraw life support against somebody’s will when they have hope of a treatment that either could extend their life or, who knows how long it could extend it, who knows what kind of quality of life may or may not be available — to take away that hope and say, ‘(your) life is worth nothing,’ I think, is wrong on every level,” he told The Daily Caller.
This is a dangerous path for a Western government to take. The moment they can decide when a child lives or dies is the moment we are no longer living in a democratic society.
What do you think about this? Should the court be able to make such a decision?
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