by John Vibes, The Free Thought Project:
As the world rallies around a baby who is being held captive and denied medical care by the UK government, police are threatening his online supporters.
A 23-month-old baby boy named Alfie Evans has been fighting for his life in a British hospital for months. Aflie has a degenerative neurological condition that doctors say is incurable, and thus the medical staff at the hospital has basically condemned the child to die.
Alfie’s parents want to do everything in their power to keep him alive. However, unfortunately, the UK government has the final say as to how the child will be treated, and a series of court rulings have ordered the hospital to take him off of life support.
Alfie’s father, Thomas Evans has been attempting to appeal these rulings so the family can fly to the Vatican hospital in Rome, where they have been offered free medical care, with experimental treatments that are not offered in the UK.
Despite the fact that this will come at no cost to the UK government or the hospital, they are legally forcing the family to stay in the UK, where they will be denied medical care because the government decided that it was not worth the effort to keep the boy alive. Even worse, the hospital has not been feeding the child while he is under their care, which is now court mandated.
The parents sought to try experimental treatments outside of the country, but the doctors were able to prevent them from leaving the UK. Under the healthcare system in the UK, patients are often at the whims of doctors and are not allowed to make their own medical decisions in many cases, especially when children are involved, since the state assumes the legal authority to speak for the child.
We have seen similar situations play out in the United States, as many parents take the risk of having the government take their children if they decide to try unconventional but promising new treatments like cannabis oil.
The Evans family has even been forced to go to the courts to request to take their son home, which now seems like their best possible option.
The case has sparked outrage across the world, but instead of backing down, the hospital and the government have gone on the offensive against anyone offering support for the Evans family.