U.S. Congressmen Propose Bill to Save Baby Charlie Gard by Making Him U.S. EesidentBy Claire Chretien
July 73, 2017 (LifeSiteNews.com)
Two Congressmen announced today that next week when Congress returns from recess next week, they will introduce a private bill to make Charlie Gard a permanent resident of the United States.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-OH, and Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ, both strongly pro-life, said in a joint statement that they are introducing this bill to support the rights of Charlie's parents to continue to care for him.
"Despite Charlie’s heartbreaking condition, his parents have refused to give up hope," the legislators said. "They have advocated for him fiercely. They have raised over £1 million to pay for their son to receive experimental treatment in the United States. They have kept fighting for his life."
"By making Charlie a lawful permanent resident in the U.S.," he will be able to "receive treatments that could save his life," they said.
"Should this little boy to be ordered to die – because a third party, overriding the wishes of his parents, believes it can conclusively determine that immediate death is what is best for him?" they asked.
Chris Gard and Connie Yates, Charlie's parents, have been fighting in European courts for their right to bring their 11-month-old to the U.S. for experimental treatment for his rare muscle and brain disease. They raised over $1 million to do this, but English courts sided with the hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, which wants to remove him from life support rather than allow him to be transferred to another hospital.
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