Does anybody have a good account of the logic behind England’s adamant decision? I am unable to make out anything except “welfare of the child”, which is nonsensical given the hospital was going to execute Alfie before Italy stepped in with threats of murder charges. I want to understand the pro-killing side, but I can’t find much. The left is saying the State is ultimate arbiter, which even if we grant does not allow willfully killing an innocent. (Recall the hospital’s executioners were going to inject Alfie with chemicals meant to kill him.)
I think the State’s argument is that if they do not execute Alfie, he will die a more painful and protracted death with reduced “dignity”, and so in the name of compassion it is better to kill him and put him out of his misery and thus (it follows) increase his dignity. If so, the slope is no longer so slippery (see ‘Liverpool’ below). This will be a State-mandated execution in the name of “compassion”, not its first, and certainly not its last. The judge (see below) is after all an advocate of executing the less able.
But I admit the possibility of error. I may have misread the State’s argument. If anybody can clarify it, I’d appreciate it.
Tweet: “Baby #AlfieEvans is still alive after a serious night in which his oxygen was removed. New appeal in London today at 2pm.” That’s 9 AM east coast time.
Moved by the prayers and immense solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 23, 2018
That’s Pope Francis’s account, which reads “Moved by the prayers and immense solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted.”
Tweet: “The court has now also said the family is a ‘flight risk’ and thus can’t go home.” Flight risk? Is England East Berlin?
Alfie Evans’ dad reveals he’s giving tot mouth-to-mouth to ‘keep him alive’ The hospital is withholding treatment, and refusing to let the parents seek it elsewhere. So that removes utilitarian cost arguments. Nobody is asking England to pay anything.
Tweet: “My source at Alder Hey. ‘Last night needed resuss and we literally thought it was the end. They took his oxygen away and wouldn’t hand over the resuss masks. They had them being brought to the hospital and taken by the police.’ #AlfiesArmy” I find this fascinating and key. The mental image of police barring people from bringing lifesaving equipment into a hospital explains Dante’s title choice.
Tweet: Right up until #AlfieEvans was born, the Left would insist his mother had the absolute right to choose if he’d live or die. Now, when she’s pleading with the State to let him live, they insist she has no right to choose life.”
There Is No Way To Justify The Murder Of Alfie Evans. It Is Explicitly, Unabashedly Evil. “When the death certificate for Alfie Evans is issued, under ’cause of death’ it ought to say this: pride. The pride of a judge who did not want his judgment questioned. The pride of doctors who did not want to be proven wrong. The pride of a government that claims authority over life and death. ‘Tyranny’ and ‘unconscionable evil’ could also be cited.”
Judge at center of Alfie Evans case is a pro-gay activist “Justice Anthony Hayden, the judge at the center of the Alfie Evans case, is a member of The Bar Lesbian and Gay Group (BLAGG) and co-authored book on homosexual relationships and their pertinence to children’s rights.”
Tweet: “Judge Anthony Paul Hayden, who has condemned to death #AlfieEvans, is a member of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple, British Templar and Masonic headquarters. He is a defender of euthanasia and author of an adoption treaty for homosexual couples.”
New NHS death guidelines ‘worse than Liverpool Care Pathway’ “Prof Patrick Pullicino, one of the first medics to raise concerns over the pathway, said the national proposals would encourage hospital staff to guess who was dying, in the absence of any clear evidence, and to take steps which could hasten patients’ death.”
Another most important point. The police who by force confiscated Alfie’s ‘recuss’ masks and refuse to let Alfie’s parents take their child are just following orders. Notice how easy it is to get police to just follow orders. Notice too that citizens did not attempt to apply superior force, which would have been easy (if done quickly).
For Alfie (who is baptised Catholic): Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Update See this doctor’s thread about Alfie’s medical condition. He concludes, and we can for the sake of argument agree with him, that Alfie will not recover and will die regardless of treatment. It still does not follow that the State can execute the child, nor does it follow the State can bar the parents from seeking treatment offered elsewhere at no cost to the State. It may be that Alfie’s condition is so futile that any treatment is useless, which we can also grant, but it still does not follow the State can forbid the parents from removing their child from the State. Unless it is argued The State is Mother, the State is Father.