Wesley J. Smith: ‘Quality of Life’ Medical Authoritarianism Invades Texas

Medical Authoritarianism

(The American Spectator) – A few years ago, doctors in the United Kingdom decided to remove a dying baby named Charlie Gard from life support.

Charlie had a genetic disease and because doctors believed his case to be hopeless, based on their “quality of life” view, they determined that continuing to live was not in the baby’s “best interests.”

Charlie’s parents opposed the plan. They wanted to bring their son to a New York doctor who believed he might be able to help Charlie. It was a long shot, to be sure, but one Charlie’s parents wanted to take.

But the UK courts said no. His life support was removed over their objections, and Charlie died on July 29, 2017. CONTINUE