Trump backs parents after European court orders their baby off life support
July 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – This morning, President Trump tweeted his support for Charlie Gard, the UK baby whose parents are fighting to keep him alive despite the orders of European courts that his hospital be allowed to turn off his life support against his parents' wishes.
Trump cited Pope Francis, who over the weekend issued a statement in support of the parents. The Pontifical Academy for Life, run by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, had essentially sided with the hospital. The statement it issued missed the point about Charlie's parents rather than the state being allowed to decide whether to continue providing him with extraordinary care.
If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017
Charlie was supposed to have his life support turned off on Friday. The hospital refused to let his parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, take him home to spend his last hours there.
However, it seems that Charlie is still alive for the time being. Over the weekend, The Guardian reported that the hospital had granted Charlie's parents more time with him.
His parents raised over $1 million to bring Charlie to the U.S. for experimental treatment.
Pope Francis released this tweet on Friday:
To defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God entrusts to all.— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) June 30, 2017