This is not only authoritarian — shattering the guarantees of religious liberty in virtually all existing human-rights accords — but could cause a significant brain drain.
It is a matter of fact — a straightforward scientific fact known since the basics of human reproduction were first understood — that human life begins at fertilization of the egg by the sperm.
This was about raw power. If Alfie had escaped the diktat, there would soon be others demanding their freedom too.
Forcing this baby to die when there is no diagnosis would be an act of naked medical authoritarianism.
It is truly heartening that the life of a dying baby can still move the world.