Alfie Evans was considered to be, by the doctors at the Liverpool hospital where he was being treated, to ill for recovery. The diagnosis was that due to his condition the best course of action was to make him comfortable in his final hours. Alfie’s parents decided they were not going to give up on their child and searched for options that may save their child’s life, but after deciding to take their child to a clinic in Italy, the government of Britain stopped them.
The British government claimed a right to die with dignity and comfort as their reason for not allowing Alfie to leave the country, at one point even using armed police officers to keep Alfie from leaving. The irony is that it seems Britain would have stood behind Alfie’s parents had they decided to end the baby’s life before birth, but legally cracked down on their efforts to save him after.
Let me be clear that this is not an anti-abortion article. I’ve been transparent about my opinions regarding abortion and believe this is of little practical significance to this article. What this article is meant to promote is the tremendous irony of Britain’s perspective towards the value of life. Basically, a mother and no one else can bestow value to her unborn child and subsequently decide their right to live, whereas the mother of a birthed child bestowing the value of her child above all else in her world wanting to save him from death is a bureaucratic issue.
This tremendous contradiction would be laughable were it not so tragic. Stand where you will on abortion, I believe most people of good faith understand the inherent value of every living person, at the very least once they’ve been born. Dignity is not a concept that should be decided by the government, especially when dignity determines a person’s right to continue living.
Deputy Editor, The Unshackled
Host of the Front and Center Podcast