I am not exaggerating or being hyperbolic with that headline. Charlie Gard is a ten-month old with a rare genetic disorder and brain damage. His parents wanted to take him to the United Sates for a therapy trial. But doctors at the British hospital took issue with that decision, because they thought it would unnecessarily prolong Charlie's suffering.
So they took Charlie's parents to court and -- even though the parents had raised over 1 million pounds for the trip -- courts in both the parent's native U.K. and the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the hospital was within its rights to overrule the parents' decision and end life support for little Charlie instead of allowing his parents to use money they raised to go to the U.S. to take one last shot at saving his life.
I'd like to know whose human rights this court thinks they are upholding?
Remember little Charlie the next time someone tries to tell you that government-managed health care is compassionate, or that the U.S. should be more like Europe.
Read more on this case here.
And make sure you read Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul's column on how free-market health care is the most compassionate system.
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