Members of parliament are leading a new campaign for a law to prevent the tragic situation happening to Alfie Evans and his parents from happening to any other family. The new campaign calls on MPs to debate the matter in the House of Commons – with potential plans for “Alfie’s Law.”
Steven Woolfe MEP, launching the campaign outside the Houses of Parliament today, said: “The cases of Charlie Gard, Aysha King, and now Alfie Evans, show a dangerous trend of public bodies depriving parents and families of the right to make decisions they believe are in the best interests of their children.
“Parent’s rights should neither be ignored nor dismissed as irrelevant by hospitals and courts, who believe they know best and have the power, money and resources to overwhelm families who simply want to save their child.
“We demand a change in the law to restore the rights of parents in such decisions. All parents should be allowed an independent advocate to defend their case with the right legal and medical expertise and financial equality of arms.
“Now is the time to act. We cannot have another baby, another family, have to go through the struggle and torment the Evans family have. It’s time for Alfie’s Law.”
Anderson said: “Parents are being side-lined in the care of their children, in what are highly complicated moral decisions. We strongly believe it is time for a change in the law to re-empower parents to have a say in the treatment of their children. We know that MPs have the power to change this, to help children and their parents in the future, and call on them to address this.”
Woolfe added: “Whilst we absolutely recognise the skill and dedication of medical professionals in the UK, we stand by the moral rights of parents – and their children – to make their informed decisions about care and treatment. A recent flurry of cases have seen parents drawn through protracted legal battles which have forbidden children to be taken from hospital for medical care by their clinical peers in other countries, and leading parents to become the clinical link for their own child.”
Alfie Evans’ parents will meet with staff from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital today to request permission to take Alfie home. His father Tom Evans says he would not try to take Alfie to Italy if allowed to bring Alfie home, but that he would have doctors and support staff help Alfie from their home. Alfie has survived for a third day after hospital doctors removed his life support without their permission.