(NY DAILY NEWS)
By Arthur Caplan
Charlie Gard’s parents have decided to throw in the towel. They will not fight their little boy’s doctors and the courts in the UK any longer. They have given up trying to get their son, who suffers from an inevitably fatal genetic disease, access to last-ditch experimental research here in the United States or anywhere else.
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Despite the fact that Charlie will now die soon, this is the right decision. As hard as it may be to accept, there sometimes comes a time for medicine to stop trying to treat. Extending life is not always in a patient’s best interest.
Still, in the wake of this news, pro-life conservatives tend to be outraged that it came to this. On the other side, there’s a recognition that this was a tragic case, but an insistence that there just was not a better, fairer way for the story to end.
These sides are unlikely to see eye-to-eye any time soon. But they should try.