Charlie Gard and the slippery slope

Folks,

Principles have logical and practical consequences.  Good principles have good implications.  Bad principles have bad implications.  The Charlie Gard case threatens to replace a reasonable principle with a manifestly stupid one, with all that entails.

Pre-Charlie Gard common sense standard, roughly stated:

If a competent patient or rightful guardian has the means and money they should be legally permitted to pursue presumptively safe and potentially effective experimental medical procedures or therapies and/or die at a house, in hospice, or in a hospital.

Post-Charlie Gard stupid standard, roughly stated:

If a competent patient or rightful guardian has the means and money they should be legally permitted to ask Caesar for permission to pursue presumptively safe and potentially effective experimental medical procedures or therapies and/or die at a house, in hospice, or in a hospital.

Since Caesar tends to be a volatile and smug jerk with an ever evolving conception of reality, good luck predicting his mood and securing his permission when you need it.

Put differently, the post-Charlie Gard standard threatens to put us on quite the slippery slope, much like Caesar’s ever evolving “moral” sex standards used to justify sodomy, masturbation, contraception, adultery, sterilization, fornication, and the like has us snowballing our way into hell:

Normalizing incest and other perversions; it’s already happening

Best,

Joe

Advertisements