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Charlie Gard Has Died

Wesley J. Smith

Charlie Gard

Little Charlie Gard has died.

He will be remembered for the intense love of his parents and the astonishing support they received from around the world in their vain attempt to care for the sick little boy and try to extend his life as they — not judges, not doctors, not bioethicists — thought best.

There will be much more to say about the utilitarian drift of medicine and the increasing loss of patient autonomy when the desire is to live rather than die. And let us not forget the erosion of parental rights.

But let’s leave that for now. Our deepest sympathies to Chris and Connie. May the support they received from millions of supporters bring some comfort in the midst of their grief.

Memory Eternal!

Photo credit: OpenRoadPR, via Pixabay.

Cross-posted at The Corner.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.

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