The Strange Case of Alfie Evans

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Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old toddler from Great Britain, is being held against his parent’s wishes in Liverpool. The Alder Hey Children’s Hospital chose to remove Alfie, who suffers from a neurodegenerative disorder, from life support Monday night. The hospital has claimed that medical treatment is not in his best interest.

Meanwhile, Alfie and his parents have received support from Pope Francies as well as an Italian hospital which has agreed to treat the child. The Italian government has arranged transport as well as granting citizenship. The only thing now preventing Alfie from receiving medical treatment is the British government. The doctors, and subsequently the courts, have found that the parents have no rights to remove the child. This is, of course, assuming that the British bureaucracy is all knowing and understands what is best for each citizen.

Familiar Territory

The British government ruling that a child must die, opposed to the wishes of their parents. Sounds familiar right? Back in the summer of 2017 a similar case occurred. In this case, the British courts ruled the hospital had the right to remove life support from would be 1 year old Charlie Gard. Britain has seemingly assumed autonomous powers over the life and death of its citizens. Truthfully, this should not come as a surprise from the same government that fined a man 800 pounds for teaching a pet dog to do a Nazi salute.

Courts have failed to make a credible argument as to barring Alfie from leaving. The only argument being their belief that it is not in his best interest. This egregious overstep has led to outrage across the world as many fear this will set a dangerous precedent of governments determining the right to life of their citizens. Protests have occurred both in England as well as the United States.

This event has brought the issue of governmental limits to the forefront. The people of Britain, along with most all other nations, must ask a simple question. Where will they stop?

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