Silly Yanks. Don’t You Know that Charlie Gard Doesn’t Belong to His Parents? [VIDEO]

Silly Yanks. Don’t You Know that Charlie Gard Doesn’t Belong to His Parents? [VIDEO]

Silly Yanks. Don’t You Know that Charlie Gard Doesn’t Belong to His Parents? [VIDEO]

Little Charlie Gard will not live to his first birthday on August 4th.

His parents acquiesced to the British government yesterday, and announced that they wouldn’t be taking him for treatment in America. Now they just want to take their baby home to die.


Except that now Chris Gard and Connie Yates might be denied even this request. Instead, a British judge is expected to decide on Wednesday whether or not to allow their last wish. However, despite the parents’ incredible pain, that judge said that the chances of that were “small.”

Thus Charlie’s parents endure yet another level of cruelty from their government. Just for the chance to take their baby so he could die at home, they had to return to court. Even their lawyer is at wits end to explain why. “We struggle with the difficulties which the hospital has placed in the way of the parents’ wish to have a period of time probably a relatively short period of time … before the final act in Charlie’s short life,” said lawyer Grant Armstrong.

Oh, that wouldn’t be appropriate, say staff at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, which is now treating Charlie. You see, his ventilation system won’t fit through his home’s door. Best he die at hospice.


Former UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage sounded off on this atrocious treatment:

Do you know why British bureaucrats are loathe to relinquish little Charle to his home? The answer can be found in the words of Ian Kennedy of the University College of London. He’s a professor emeritus of health, law, ethics, and policy.

Here’s what Kennedy wrote in a recent editorial at The Guardian, commenting on Charlie Gard:

“These are the steps. The first is to recognise that children do not belong to their parents. . . . We need to remind ourselves that parents do not have rights regarding their children, they only have duties, the principal duty being to act in their children’s best interests.”

This, of course, is not how we do things in the U.S. I’m not a legal expert, but it seems to me that unless parents are reckless or abusive with their children, their rights are paramount. The state generally removes parental rights only in extreme cases of neglect or abuse. It only intervenes on medical issues if a parent is denying life-saving treatment for the child. Moreover, while parents don’t “own” children, like someone owns a pet, they are the final word in their children’s care. And while the U.S. is far from perfect, it’s hardly draconian. Rights and freedom are foremost.

However, the British government sees things differently. Their attitude can be found in the words of an internet meme: “All your children are belong to us.”

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Scott says:

    well, I’ve said it n every thread related to this poor family, but it bears repeating, (for some of the more left leaning readers, ot for you fine lady posters),this graphically illustrates the difference between a Citizen and a subject!
    Never surrender your right! no matter if you agree with, or exercise those rights, when you give up one, they can take them all!
    As President Ford said, ” a govt powerful to give you everything you want , is powerful enough to take everything you have”… Please remember that!

  • GWB says:

    Kim, you’re dreaming if you don’t think this is already going on in the US. A vast percentage of bureaucrats do NOT agree that you are the guardian for your child. The definition of “abuse” an be as simple as “parenting without the consent of the state”.

    We stood aghast at the horrors visited upon serfs in the movies – the way the elites could snatch away children and send them to the mines, or take away a young woman to be the bride of an elite, or kick people off the land that sustained them.
    Yet, here we allow the elites to do the same thing.

    Used to be that people would decry about NAZI Germany, “how could they let such a thing happen?!” My response has become (when dealing with a prog), “You have become ‘they’.”

    • Kim Quade says:

      I disagree. Yes, there are horror stories or government overreach. But I’ve worked as a speech pathologist for decades now, and I have never seen chlldren wantonly removed from their homes from non-abusive parents. If anything, government agencies are overly eager to reunite dysfunctional families.

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