My guess is that you’ve probably never even heard the name Charlie Gard. That’s OK. Until yesterday, I hadn’t either — until I stumbled across this article in my Twitter feed and realized that his story should truly be trending all over social media and national news. The fact that it isn’t tells you everything that you need to know about how little respect most people — even those in the so-called “American medical community” — have for the worth, value and dignity of human life.
Anyway, some quick background information for you: Little Charlie Gard is a terminally ill 10-month-old baby living over in Europe who tragically suffers from an extremely rare genetic disorder known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, a condition that essentially destroys the muscles and the brain, ultimately leading to an inevitable and painful death. He was being treated at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London until the barbaric psychopaths on the European Court of Human Rights just recently ruled that he should be taken off life support and allowed to “die with dignity.” As you might imagine, this didn’t sit too well with Charlie’s parents — Chris Gard and Connie Yates — who were eventually able to find a doctor here in the U.S. who agreed to attempt an experimental treatment option in a final desperate attempt to save Charlie’s life. They even raised $1.6 million through a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the treatment and the flight to America.
The only problem? The hospital is refusing to release the child to his parents, arguing that the trip overseas would be too risky and that the experimental treatment likely wouldn’t work anyway, so it’s simply in Charlie’s “best interests” to perish in his medical bed while his parents watch helplessly. Of course, Chris and Connie appealed the ruling to no avail, with the court stating:
Charlie would suffer significant harm if his present suffering was prolonged without any realistic prospect of improvement, and the experimental therapy would be of no benefit.”
The British hospital even released its own disgusting statement:
Our thoughts are with Charlie’s parents on the receipt of this news that we know will be very distressing for them. Today’s decision by the European Court of Human Rights marks the end of what has been a very difficult process and our priority is to provide every possible support to Charlie’s parents as we prepare for the next steps.”
Just to be clear: The “next step” we’re talking about here is the direct execution of a child when there’s still one more option available to potentially save his life, which means that — in all actuality — the hospital has not made it their “priority to provide every possible support to Charlie’s parents.” If they actually cared about being supportive, they would immediately release the baby into his parent’s care and allow them to head straight to America.
Horrifically, unless something changes within the next few hours, Charlie’s life support will be withdrawn on Friday according to his parents:
We begged them to give us the weekend. Friends and family wanted to come and see Charlie for the last time. But now there isn’t even time for that. Doctors said they would not rush to turn off his ventilator but we are being rushed. Not only are we not allowed to take our son to an expert hospital to save his life, we also can’t choose how or when our son dies.”
A lot has already been said about the utter savagery, inhumanity and evil of this case, as well as the ramifications of Europe’s socialized healthcare system (Bernie Sanders, I'm looking at you), but there’s one aspect I’d like to focus on in particular today: When governments and doctors get to decide which lives have value and which do not, they’ve declared themselves equal to or greater than God Himself.
Since the earliest days of civilized Western culture, there has always been a firmly held belief that human life should be maintained even in the face of terrible illness, disease, ailment and pain. Think about it. That’s been the entire bedrock of the American healthcare system for generations — thousands upon thousands of doctors, nurses and medical professionals who take the Hippocratic Oath, swearing to “…utterly reject harm and mischief” in the treatment of their patients or anyone to whom they administer care. If these European doctors have taken that oath — or any similar oath — then they are bound by it to reject anything that would cause harm to Charlie until all possible options to save his life have been completely and totally exhausted. (Important note: the fact that these options may be in another country is — or should be — absolutely irrelevant.) Obviously, removing him from life support when there’s a possible treatment option here in the U.S. falls into the category of “causing harm.”
It would be one thing for these European doctors and government officials to say, “We’re not going to administer the experimental treatment or any risky surgeries to Charlie for XYZ reasons…” (They would have every right to say that and some of their reasons might even be valid and worth examining.) But it’s another thing entirely for those doctors and officials to say directly to Charlie’s parents, “You are not allowed to have this experimental treatment or surgery done by anyone, anywhere, ever at any time. We have decided that your child must now die.”
The first statement is permissible and would be followed by the hospital releasing the child to his guardians so that they can then decide how to best proceed. That would be normal and expected. The latter statement, however, is what is known as euthanasia — physician-assisted suicide. And make no mistake: that’s what we’re seeing playing out here. Charlie Gard is being euthanized. And not only is he being euthanized, but he’s being euthanized against his parents’ wishes. It’s not like Chris and Connie have agreed to this. It’s being forced upon them. That’s a very important distinction to understand.
The European government and its Nazi-esque socialized healthcare regime have taken it upon themselves to decide when and how this baby will die. They have decided that they know better than Charlie’s parents and that they know better than God. They have decided that Charlie’s life is not worth saving because — in their view — the chances of his survival are too slim to bother with. So, Charlie will likely die because, as they see it, his life has no value in such a sickly stage and it would be better for him to “die with dignity” now than live the rest of his life with a debilitating disease or to risk dying in the pursuit of a potential cure overseas.
In Scripture, Job tells us that, “A person’s days are determined; You [God] have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”
Little Charlie’s days are in God’s hands and He has known them since the beginning. And yet, this group of psychotic, satanic doctors believes that they should have control and final say over the number of Charlie’s day.
They are mistaken.
And one day, they will answer to God for it.
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