Critically ill baby Charlie Gard has been receiving an outpouring of support from people around the world. So the bad case of Charlie Gard serves both to raise hard and important questions about the proper contours of parental rights - and to sound unwarranted alarms about the horrors of socialized medicine and the insidious arrival of death panels. Charlie's parents are now appealing the decision in the the U.K.'s High Court of Justice. The couple raised approximately €1.2 million ($1.37 million) to take Charlie overseas to receive experimental treatment.
The hospital said he shouldn't be moved, suing the parents in court to keep him there and "die with dignity".
Last week, President Trump and Pope Francis offered their support to the Gards, and now, GOP lawmakers have offered to introduce legislation that could help them. But the tweet was in keeping with Trump's careful tending of a base that bristles at Big Government dictates and recoils at any perceived incursion on the right to life. Charlie's parents appealed the ruling in May, but the case was dismissed.
However, lawyers representing Great Ormond Street Hospital and a guardian appointed to independently represent Charlie's interests told Mr Justice Francis they were struggling to find any new evidence.
The parents of the baby, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, were asked by the parents of the baby at the gates of the Great Ormond street children's hospital to take their 11-month-old baby to an experimental treatment. A USA doctor has also proposed treatment for Gard. However, the courts have denied them their right to take Charlie to a new hospital. However, a lawyer for the United Kingdom hospital said during the proceedings there was "nothing that could be called new evidence", according to The Guardian.
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His parents also say even if they are able to go to America, they would stop treatment within the first week if Charlie was suffering.
But doctors familiar with his case haven't been so optimistic. He said Charlie's case involved "cutting-edge genetic science" and there was a "good prospect" of further evidence producing a different result.
Likewise, Charlie is not a cautionary tale about a single-payer system being unwilling to foot the bill for pricey care - if money were the issue, the hospital would be shooing him out the door - or about death panels deciding who deserves care.
Also on Sunday, Yates and Gard delivered to doctors at GOSH a petition organized by Washington D.C. based anti-abortion law firm and advocacy group, Americans United for Life.