Determining Children’s Lives: Parents or the State?

So Alfie Evans has lost his battle, and the Christian Legal Centre is now apparently facing investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the advice given to his parents.

VfJUK asks if this is retribution by a political elite dedicated to the imposition of totalitarian control by a State that increasingly denies parental and individual rights?

Consider, in education we are increasingly being subjected to ideological indoctrination, which prioritises secular, LGBT and gender rights over all others, in clear misapplication of the enforcement and safeguarding of protected characteristics as defined under the Equality Act. By which we mean that, although similarly a protected characteristic, religion is apparently now only acceptable when it endorses the State line of so-called sexual and moral diversity – and if anything was ever misnamed, this is surely it, because ‘diversity’ now refuses absolutely to countenance any and all views that conflict with or contradict its rebranded version of morality.

So compliance is now being imposed on all schools by the regulatory body Ofsted. And, lest we are in any doubt, this includes ‘Faith schools’, which by definition in this brave new world hold politically incorrect views in need of suppression. It is for this imposition of values we don’t hold that we apparently have to pay our taxes – and now, in health matters too, we have seemingly to cede control to the all-powerful, but hardly benign, State.

In the case of Alfie Evans, what is so supremely shocking is not the decision by the hospital to withdraw life support – VfJUK fully endorses the view that there is no moral imperative to keep alive a body by artificial means once life as such has ended. No, the really shocking and deeply distressing thing is that medical opinion was clearly divided and, while the doctors at Alder Hey said there was nothing further they could or were prepared to do, other equally well-respected and eminent doctors voluntarily offered to undertake care of the toddler. AND WERE REFUSED. In fact, Alder Hey’s only response was to seek a court order to keep the child in virtual imprisonment, thus depriving him in one fell swoop of the chance, however remote, of both help and life.

Alfie’s parents desperately wanted to give their child that chance – and what individual, or indeed body, with the slightest trace of compassion and moral integrity could not have understood?   Who would it have hurt? Not Alfie, who at one point was said by the hospital to be too far gone to have any sense of what was going on, and would have had every possible care on his journey to Rome (and might even have been fed, as apparently he wasn’t in Alder Hey until 24 hours before his death, when his organs were presumably already closing down); and not the tax payer, because there was never any question of the NHS being asked to fund this.   Yet the NHS and the Courts chose to differ.

In Alfie’s best interests.

According to whom, we ask? True, Alfie might still have lost his battle, but at least he would have gone down fighting. As it is, the little boy’s death feels unpleasantly like execution.

And now the Christian Legal Centre is facing investigation because, as it seems, they dared stand up to the Establishment and offered help. Yes, yes, we know the main subject of complaint appears to be the over-zealous opinions offered by one of CLC’s case workers, variously branded by High Court judge Mr Justice Hayden as incorrect legal advice, vituperative bile, and deluded and fanatical ( ; ). But the base line is, they were offering legal help to parents who had nowhere else to go. They were doing their job.

Shame on the Establishment! It does not lie with doctors or the State to determine what is in our best interest and when we should die. The parents’ right to try and help their sick child should have prevailed. The State should have moved heaven and earth to uphold that right.

Nanny does not know best.

It is time for the State to learn it is the servant and not master of the people.

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