Dear Friend of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation,
Last week I wrote to wish you and your family a great 4th of July. However, as we prepare to celebrate freedom in America, it would be wrong for us to ignore what is happening in Europe: the British government and the European Court recently decided to take Charlie Gard off life support against the wishes of his parents.
Charlie is a 10-month old baby with intellectual disability (mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome). To learn more about his sad situation, click here. Charlie’s parents raised over $1.6 million to care for their child, but their desires and parental rights have been overruled.
In a Facebook post, they recently wrote:
This is a truly tragic day. For those of us who know how precious every life is, this is a very, very sad 4th of July! Please keep Charlie and his parents in your thoughts or prayers. Our hope is that Charlie will be allowed to receive the last chance treatment in the United States sought by his parents, or at the very least, to be given to his parents to take home.
Pope Francis and the President of the United States are paying close attention. Please spread the word to ask that the natural rights of Charlie’s parents to protect and care for their child are respected and honored.
👉 Twitter: Retweet the US President’s message in support of Charlie!