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.