I’m no libertarian but if you’ve raised the money to take Charlie Gard out for alternative treatment by qualified medical professionals in a foreign country, get an offer of a place from the Vatican pediatric hospital and are denied the right to travel with your son there, that’s barbaric.
I’m utterly uncompromising on this issue, not least because of the story of Ashya King, whose parents sought a previously experimental form of radiotherapy for their son, travelled to the Czech Republic for the treatment and were chased across Europe by a band of uppity National Health Service nursing staff, British police and bundled into a car by Spanish Guardia Civil under a Europe-wide arrest warrant meant for mafiosi and terrorists.
Two years later and Ashya is healthy after undergoing proton beam therapy, which is now available on the National Health Service. *After* it would have killed Ashya to protect it’s monopoly.
Last year a supine documentary produced by the state broadcaster sought to essentially do PR for the NHS staff who had conspired with the police to issue an EAW despite never accusing the family of a crime for, and I’m actually quoting BBC News here, “kidnapping” their son.
It comes down to whether parents are the ultimate authority on what to do with their own child. I’m pragmatic enough to believe this is a more grey-ish area than it seems, but it’s not this grey. Charlie’s parents should be allowed to seek treatment elsewhere.