Who decides for children? Parents or government?

U.N. Building in Manhattan, New York

U.N. Building in Manhattan, New York

The Charlie Gard case in Great Britain is stirring fierce debate over whether parents ought to have the final decision for their children or whether the government or children themselves ought to have that power.

But this debate goes much further than the U.K. or whether the parents of an 11-month-old boy ought to be able to seek additional treatment for their son.

In fact, one of the experts weighing in on behalf of the hospital in the Gard case says the American notion of parental rights is now more the exception than the norm thanks to


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