Farage Slams UK Decision on Baby Alfie Treatment: 'The State Should Not Own Our Kids'
The parents of a terminally ill 23-month-old British boy said they will cooperate with doctors to give their child "dignity and comfort" after losing a legal battle to take the toddler to Italy for treatment.
The Court of Appeal rejected applications by Aflie Evans' father and mother to take the boy from Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool to the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital.
Alfie was taken off life support Monday after a series of court rulings backed by doctors who said further treatment was futile and he would most likely not get any better after suffering a seizure in December 2016.
Alfie is in a "semi-vegetative state" as a result of a degenerative neurological condition doctors have been unable to identify.
Nigel Farage said it's worrisome that the United Kingdom's medical establishment, court system and political system have the power to decide that parents do not have the right to seek alternative treatment.
"Doctors are not always right, and the wishes of parents in a free society should be paramount," the former leader of the U.K.'s Independence Party said on "America's Newsroom."
"The state should not own our kids."
He said this case is proof that the state has grown too big, and he's the only British political figure who's speaking out about it.
"Something is going very badly wrong here," Farage said. "It all comes down to freedom and liberty. Are parents ultimately responsible for their children? Or does the state own them? And that's what really worries me."