A great deal of the propaganda around us is about how government is so benevolent and can take such good care of us.
But that is maybe the biggest lie of them all.
The latest confirmation of that comes from the U.K. British media have reported on the parents of a 10-month-old son, who has a rare genetic condition that has resulted in brain damage, and is almost certain to kill him if untreated. The parents want to take their son to the U.S. to get an experimental treatment. They have even raised through an online appeal more than $1.8 million to pay for the treatment.
But Britain has socialized medicine, and the London children’s hospital holding the baby wanted to shut off the his life support. The British court system ruled for the hospital. The parents appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. It just issued a “final” judgement rejecting the parents’ request.
Think about it. The parents want to give their child another shot at life. They just want to try. They raised the money for it. The treatment is of course experimental, but it gives the baby a chance. At the least, trying the treatment would allow doctors to find out more about it. Aren’t liberals in favor of science?
The same thing must have come to mind to people who attended Conservative Leadership Conference sessions featuring Ann McElhinney. She and her husband, Phelim McAleer, have made a book “Gosnell” and a movie about the notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell. One thing that comes up in her presentations, the movie and the book is the heartlessness of the medical and political establishment.
Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion facility was filthy. Flea-ridden cats wandered about; trash piled up in the halls and rooms; women in pain huddled under blood-stained blankets. Unqualified, untrained assistants performed medical procedures.
But the authorities charged with overseeing abortion facilities inspected them only sporadically for years. Then, under orders from the governor, state agencies deliberately avoided sending inspectors to the clinic for 17 years. McElhinney and McAleer’s study of Gosnell shows how those in the establishment are supposed to look after the health and well-being of children and women deliberately turned a blind eye to the horrors at Gosnell’s facilities.
Of course there’s a big debate on how to structure healthcare in North Carolina and the nation. The main lesson of “Gosnell,” however, is that the establishment can’t be counted on to care, not even a little bit.