The saga of Charlie Gard is not over yet. British National Health Service doctors and a European Court ruled that the 10-month-old baby had an irreversible terminal illness and his life support should be cut off, despite the fact that his parents want to bring him to the US for an experimental treatment and had raised the money to do so. They even refused to let his parents take him home to die, in what appeared to be nothing but a cruel demonstration of the ultimate power of European Union and government health service bureaucrats over parental rights.

But the story was so wrong, so unjust and so infuriating that it has gone around the world and is sparking a rising tide of outrage and support for the parents. The Pope offered to bring little Charlie to a hospital in Rome, and President Trump tweeted that he would offer the child support in any way he could, which has renewed hope for the parents. Even Cher has chimed in, tweeting that institutions have no right to flip the switch on a beloved baby, and if he can be saved, then “send him 2 us.” You know it’s a widespread movement when Cher and President Trump are on the same side! Pro-life leaders also gathered in Washington yesterday to voice their support for Charlie Gard.


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Let’s hope this is a “Je Suis Charlie” movement that results in more than mere lip service. It’s not just a much-needed reminder that every baby’s life is precious, but also that the state must never be allowed to take decisions about saving a child’s life away from its parents. Despite what too many people think – including far too many in government -- the government is not our parent.

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