The Next 'Baby Charlie' Case in the UK is an International Incident
Fans of government medicine love the idea of replicating the UK's dystopian NHS nightmare in the US. While they're generally able to ignore the everyday horrors of the NHS, every few months another case of a baby whose parents want to keep her or him alive rises.
The Baby Charlie case got the most attention as the parents fought to bring their son for treatment to America, while British doctors insisted on killing him. These types of cases generally follow the same pattern with parents trying to bring their son for treatment options to another country, while the judges side with the doctors who insist that the baby must die.
This case may be a little different because the parents are citizens of another country. President Trump got involved in the Baby Charlie case, but the parents weren't American citizens. However the parents of Baby Alta are Israeli citizens.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin appealed to Prince Charles on Tuesday to allow a critically ill child to be brought to Israel for medical treatment. In May, a British court ruled that Alta Fixler, age 2, should be taken off life support.
“I am writing to you today on a matter of grave and urgent humanitarian importance,” wrote Rivlin in a letter to the Prince of Wales.
The court’s decision, he continued, contradicted the beliefs of the child’s Orthodox Jewish parents, who are also Israeli citizens, and it would be a “tragedy” if their wishes could not be respected.
“Their religious beliefs directly oppose ceasing medical treatment that could extend her life, and [they] have made arrangements for her safe transfer and continued treatment in Israel,” he wrote.
The U.K. Board of Deputies of British Jews said in support of Edelstein’s appeal on Tuesday, “We welcome Israel’s offer to transfer Alta Fixler for treatment, in accordance with her parents’ wishes. We have written to the Department of Health and Social Care to ask that this be seriously considered.”
In May, the U.K. Family Division of the High Court ruled that Alta’s parents could not take their daughter to a Jerusalem hospital, agreeing with an earlier decision by the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust that “there was no prospect of her ever getting better,” The Jewish Chronicle reports.
The High Court justice said Alta’s parents “cannot be criticized for having reached a different decision informed by the religious laws that govern their way of life, but applying the secular legal principles that I must … I cannot agree with their assessment and am required to act accordingly.”
Required to act by what, is the obvious answer. If another country is willing to take and try to help a baby, what's the argument against it?
The argument, obviously, is the supremacy of the system. Parents are getting the idea that they can save their children from the NHS.
The twist here is that the parents are citizens of another country. The same political establishment that...
1. Insists that child rapists have the right to stay in the UK as a matter of human rights
2. That every person should be able to come to the UK while suggesting that those who oppose the move are child killers
... also insists that the UK is a kind of Hotel California to which children come, but can never leave.
And that while droning terrorists is evil, killing children is moral.
If only the children being murdered by the NHS got a fraction of the attention lavished on Aylan Kurdi.