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Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Thursday, May 10, 2018

In England, the Child is the “Mere Creature of the State” - Crisis Magazine

The legal standard for the British court that ordered that Alfie be unplugged from his ventilator was provided for the court by the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health. That standard is the “best interests of the child,” but it is nowhere defined or elaborated upon in the court’s written decisionJustice Hayden, the author of the decision on February 20, 2018, attempts to state when medical treatment is no longer in the child’s best interests by referring to life that “is limited in quality” or “lacks the ability to benefit.” But the obvious problem with those phrases is that they are not definitive; they are just circular restatements of the same general concept of what may be said to be “best.”


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More excitable drivel: it even started with a falsehood, to wit "the now-deceased toddler, Alfie Evans". The poor wee bugger had never toddled and never could.

Then it gets even more fictional: "the British government, through its Royal College of Pediatrics and its courts, had legal authority ..." Conscious lying or an exhibition of a heroic level of ignorance?

Posted by: dearieme | May 10, 2018 1:27:03 PM