Alfie

I consume right-wing media more than I should. It’s fascinating to see stories work their way up from the fringes of conservatives on Twitter and Reddit, to the core of right-wing blogs, out of the mouths of talk radio hosts, eventually on Fox News, and, last, from Republican politicians themselves. The tragic case of Alfie Evans is no exception.

Vox has an excellent explainer available, but I wanted to highlight this part:

But this is not a situation that arises only in a government-run system like the UK. It can happen right here in the United States, and it has very recently. […] Just last year, in fact, there was a lawsuit in Texas over a state law that allows doctors to withdraw treatment against the wishes of the family if they decide further medical care is futile. You can find other similar cases from Connecticut and Tennessee in this roundup from Thaddeus Pope, a Mitchell Hamline professor who studies end-of-life ethics issues. There was also the famous case of Baby K in the 1990s. Other times, as in the Terri Schiavo case, different members of her family took different sides in the debate over whether to continue care.

[…] Families and doctors can disagree about the best treatment plan under any health care regime. That is simply the nature of medicine. Wilkinson did say there is a budding debate in the UK about a better mediation plan for times when doctors and families disagree to avoid having it fought out in the courts.

And with just the tiniest degree of scrutiny, the latest GOP talking point goes down in flames.