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‘Alfie’s Army’ dominates Twitter, so why isn’t #AlfieEvans trending?

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April 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Twitter users are complaining that despite worldwide media coverage and an international uproar over how UK judges and doctors are treating Alfie Evans, the topic has not been “trending” on Twitter but other, less-talked about subjects have.

According to Buzzfeed, the Alfie Evans case has been the subject of three separate Twitter “moments” in the UK, meaning the story was highlighted to British Twitter users. However, many of the tweets about Alfie accuse the social media site of “shadow-banning” or deliberately ignoring Alfie’s case.

On Monday, April 23, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s third son was born. That day is also the traditional Catholic feast day of St. George, the patron saint of England. As the country welcomed the new royal baby, little Alfie’s ventilator was removed in what doctors and the court said would end his life.

ABC, CBS and NBC covered the royal birth for more than 28 minutes but didn’t mention the dark juxtaposition of doctors’ failed attempt to end another baby’s life that same day.

In addition to dominating mainstream UK news outlets, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, TIME, and People have all covered the toddler’s developing case.

The Washington Post outlined the support Thomas Evans and Kate James have from Pope Francis and interviewed Andrea Williams of the Christian Legal Center, which is representing Alfie’s family. The AP noted that Italy, which has granted Alfie citizenship, “had a plane ready to transport Alfie to Italy if he were allowed to seek treatment.”

TIME’s take was a bit colder:

It is not uncommon for British courts to intercede between parents and medical staff to decide the fate of critically ill children. In a similar case last year, judges rejected a petition from the parents of 10-month old Charlie Gard to seek experimental treatment in the U.S., despite offers of help from Pope Francis and President Donald Trump. In April, Britain’s High Court ruled “with the heaviest of hearts” against additional treatment “to permit Charlie to die with dignity.” Gard died in July.

Justice Anthony Hayden, the judge at the center of Alfie’s case, is a member of a gay lawyers’ association and has co-authored a book about the relationship between children’s rights and homosexual unions. He is regarded as an “expert” in family law.

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