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Death of Charlie Gard is Tragically Revealing

Billy Graham

There are still very important lessons to learn from the life and death of little Charlie Gard.

Over the course of the last several weeks, no story has been as important as the tragedy of this little baby in the United Kingdom with a rare mitochondrial disease.

His story first came to world attention when his parents made a public appeal to the people of Britain and all around the world of the fact that they were no longer able to make decisions on behalf of their infant son and his health treatments.

They knew that there were experimental treatments. They raised money on their own to try to make those treatments available for their infant son.

There’s a good reason why Charlie Gard became such a focus of conversation and concern. Columnist Charles Krauthammer put his finger exactly on the issue, when he wrote: “There is only one real question. What’s best for Charlie? But because he can’t speak for himself, we resort to a second question: Who is to speak for him?”

Yes, that is exactly the question, and it has answered with parents, not with the medical establishment, nor with the government. That’s what’s at stake with this tragedy, and we dare not forget it.

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Owen Strachan: The Erosion Of Parental Authority

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Charlie Gard is fighting for his life.

Tiny Charlie is eight months old and battling a rare disorder called mitochondrial depletion syndrome. His muscles are deteriorating and he is fed through a tube.

Recently, a judge it the United Kingdom ruled that Charlie should be taken off of life support. Judge Francis decreed that “parents have parental responsibility” but that “overriding control is vested in the court.” It was in the “best interests” of Charlie that his costly care be shut down.

These words from a Western judge should chill the blood of every citizen. The government does not have—or at least should not have—“overriding control” of children. Fathers and mothers are ultimately responsible for their kids, not bureaucrats. The family, not the government, is the foundational unit of society.

We parents must not sleep in advocating for our children. We cannot hands our kids over to officials. We must fight for them, love them, and defend them—whatever the cost.

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