Media Advisory: Pro-life Leaders Pray for Charlie Gard, Urge British Government to Hear Parents’ Plea to Care for their Son

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2017
Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sba-list.org, 202-223-8073

 ***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Washington, D.C.  – Today SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser and CWA CEO and President Penny Young Nance will gather with other pro-life leaders to pray for Charlie Gard and to urge the British Government to hear his parents’ plea to care for their son as they wish. Charlie, an 11-month-old infant, has mitochondrial depletion syndrome, a rare genetic disease. His parents previously raised more than $1.6 million from private sources to bring Charlie to the U.S. to receive an experimental treatment. Charlie is currently at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London where he has no access to the treatment his parents desire and where officials have also refused to release him to his parents to die at home.

WHAT: Press Conference and Prayer
WHEN: TODAY, Thursday, July 6 at 12:00 NOON EST
WHERE: Murrow Room, National Press Club 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045
WHO:

  • Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony List
  • Penny Young Nance, CEO & President, Concerned Women for America
  • Catherine Glenn Foster, President and CEO of Americans United for Life
  • Jeanne Mancini, President, March for Life
  • Tina Whittington, Executive Vice President, Students for Life of America

The pro-life leaders offered a joint statement:

“The idea that a government may override and block parents’ decisions about the care for a child is horrifying. In past situations of similar circumstances, the patient or their family has always had the option of finding alternative care and that’s exactly what Charlie’s parents have done. This is their child and they want to use money they have raised from private donors around the world to provide him access to a treatment option that has had some success with a related condition. It is chilling that the UK court is allowing the London hospital to deny the family this option, or even the option to bring Charlie to spend his last hours at home. Our two nations have a proud and enduring history of protecting individual rights and respecting home and family.  We strongly support the offer of our government to assist Charlie and his parents in this exercise of their natural rights.”

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