It really feels too soon to be writing about this again, but here we are.
It hasn’t even been a year since little Charlie Gard was taken off of life support. His parents fought to get him further medical care and treatment for his rare disease, but were repeatedly denied by the British court system. The court denied their requests after doctors from Great Ormond Street Hospital argued that further treatment was not in Charlie’s best interests. They didn’t believe his life—his quality of life as they put it—was worth saving.
His parents battled as hard as they could for as long as they could. And while government bureaucrats spent months arguing about what they thought was best for Charlie, the little boy’s time effectively ran out.
That brings us to little Alfie Evans.
Alfie had an undiagnosed condition that caused seizures and brain damage. He was put on life support, which the doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (also in Great Britain) wanted to remove—and they did, against his parents’ wishes.
While Alfie continued to breathe on his own, doctors refused to do anything else for him, including feeding him. So for five days, little Alfie laid there, clinging to life, starving to death—because doctors and judges thought it was the best thing for him.
It didn’t matter that it was not what his parents wanted for him. Alfie’s parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, wanted to take Alfie to Italy where he’d been granted citizenship and guaranteed medical care at Bambino Gesu Hospital. Or at the very least, they wanted to take Alfie home. But the court refused to allow them to do so. In fact, when they tried to leave on their own, hospital staff called the police.
Can you imagine what that felt like for Alfie’s parents? How helpless it would feel to have your child held hostage while perfect strangers decided whether he should be allowed to live or die?
Sadly, the hospital and court system got their wish—Alfie died in the hospital on Saturday. “My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30,” Alfie’s dad wrote on Facebook.
It’s absolutely heartbreaking and terrifying all at the same time, isn’t it? These are life and death decisions being made—not by parents, but by the government.
How did we get here? What can we do about it?
Some may take solace that what happened to Charlie and Alfie occurred thousands of miles away. But this topic hits closer to home than you may think.
Those who want to undermine parental rights in the United States have already begun doing so. The groundwork is being laid to drive a wedge between children and their parents, and to lift up the government as an all-knowing entity that controls how children are raised in America.
For example, one county in California wants to make it so that parents are not allowed to opt their children out of sex “education” classes, which promote abortion, homosexuality, and gender identity ideology. Activists call it education, but they aren’t fooling anyone. It is indoctrination, pure and simple.
Ohio has taken this idea a step further. Earlier this year, government officials in the state took temporary custody of a minor whose parents would not affirm the girl’s confused notions about her sex. After the parents sought treatment for the child’s depression, a local hospital diagnosed her with gender dysphoria and prescribed dangerous hormonal treatments. Long story short, because the parents want to protect their child from this harmful course of action, the government has stepped in and taken control of the situation. The parents are no longer allowed to make medical decisions for their own child.
Planned Parenthood is another example. The billion-dollar abortion giant regularly advocates against laws that require parental consent or notification before committing abortions on minors. Never mind that Planned Parenthood makes money from every abortion it does, that the organization has a history of covering up abuse of young girls, and that abortion is deadly—always for the baby and even sometimes for the mother.
These are just a few examples, but they show us that today’s culture is inching toward a belief system in which they think that parents do not know what’s best for their own children.
This is completely backwards—and it must stop. Our children are not wards of the secular state. Our children are not chess pieces for activist groups who want to advance their ideology. If the government is given the unchecked power to decide how we live, it’s only a matter of time before they get to decide how we die.
Parents, it’s time to get involved, stand up, and protect our children.
That’s what Alfie’s parents tried to do. And whether or not you agree with their decisions about their son’s medical treatment—remember, it should’ve been their decision to make.