It's right that Charlie Gard's parents had final decision on his treatment, says journalist

'Charlie Gard's parents should have always made the final decision on treatment', says journalist

Chris Gard and Connie Yates have given up their legal fight

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It's a relief that the parents of Charlie Gard had the final decision on his treatment, a leading journalist has said.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates, the parents of Charlie, have given up a legal fight to take their baby to America for experimental treatment after the American doctor responsible for the therapy said it was too late to treat his rare genetic condition.

Laura Perrins, co-editor of post-feminist website The Conservative Woman, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "My position always was that the parents, unless there’s very good reason why [they] shouldn't make the decision, should be the ones who get to make it.

"I think I am relieved they feel that they ultimately have made the decision to withdraw life support and it’s not the doctors doing that against their wishes."

She thinks the judge was sensible to ask the US doctor to examine Charlie and "once all that information was put before the parents then, and I think because they perhaps had a greater sense of control of the issue, then they themselves said it’s not in his interests."

Perrins added that the Pope and Donald Trump shouldn't be criticised for offering to help the baby. The Pope "didn’t undermine the doctors at Great Ormond Street and neither did Trump.”

Listen to the full interview above