VIDEO: Report from Charlie’s vigil

We often ask for prayers for unborn children and their mothers … but today, I’m asking for your prayers for a 10-month old and his parents.

You may have heard the story of Charlie Gard — a 10-month old boy in England who is seriously ill with a rare disease … a poor prognosis … and a bureaucracy that is turning a deaf ear to his plight.

40 Days for Life board member Haywood Robinson, M.D., board chair Matt Britton, and I are in England at the moment — we’re here for a 40 Days for Life conference that has been on our schedules for some time.

But when we found out that prayer vigils were being held for baby Charlie, of course we dropped everything and went to take part … and took a few minutes to record this video and share our thoughts.

Charlie’s case has generated an outpouring of support from pro-life leaders — and many people of good will from around the world.

This next photo shows Bobby Schindler — the brother of Terri Schiavo, whose case a number of years ago had tragic parallels — along with Catherine Foster of Americans United for Life, who are also here to pray outside the hospital where Charlie is staying and to offer support to the family.

This is quite simply an assault on human dignity, with one group of people telling another person that he does not have a right to live.

There have even been some decision-makers who’ve said it’s “in Charlie’s best interests” that he be taken off life support … which will lead to his death.

Charlie’s parents want life for their son despite the desperate circumstances, but doctors, hospitals and even the government are placing barriers in their path at every step.

Pope Francis and President Trump have offered to help — but at this point, the hospital will not permit Charlie’s parents to move him. They won’t even let them take their child home to die. You can read more about baby Charlie here.

In addition, please pray for the success of the 40 Days for Life leaders conference that we are attending here in London — and that these leaders will be able to go back to their communities, using the information gained here to help save lives!

  • ruby nissley

    SINCE WHEN DOES A HOSPITAL HAVE THE RT. TO DECLARE THIS CHILD/ADULTNEEDS TO DIE?????????????????? WHY DOES AN ORG /HOSPITAL BECOME THE OVERSEER OF SOMEONE’S BABY TO CAUSE HIM TO DIE????? MAY THE LORD ALLOW THE PARENTS TO CARE FOR THAT BABY WITHOUT ANY INTERFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • patgo

    Almost impossible to understand because of background noise. Electronic devices override the brain’s filtering ability when you are at the scene. Charlie’s plight has been heavy on my heart. I am appalled that anyone can override the parents’ decision to protect their child. If the resources simply didn’t exist to take care of him, that would be one thing. And keeping a person on breathing and artificial feeding should NOT be that expensive. But in this case, the resources DO exist, and the hospital is playing god with Charlie’s life, and usurping the authority God gave to his parents in the first place. This has far reaching implications. When parents no longer have a right to protect their children, then civilization has collapsed. I am outraged that the English would be so callous and uncaring, and would usurp parental authority in such a way. As long as this goes on, no one is safe in the hospital. We already learned that in our own family, and trying to bring about needed change is proving to be difficult to impossible. We can no longer trust doctors and hospitals. I won’t travel to England as long as they have such a cavalier attitude toward rights: the right to life, and parental rights. THIS IS NOT THEIR RIGHT TO TAKE FROM US.

  • Mindy Robinson

    Keep praying!

  • Sandra LaCroix

    I am praying for Charlie and his Mom and Dad! I pray for 40 days of life for all the hard work they do! May God Bless you all abundantly!

  • Gaffer7

    Remember oh most gracious MOTHER, that never was it known – that anyone who fled to your protection was left unaided. — Pray for all of us that we may be worthy of your SON

  • J. Angele Kuchukian

    Dear Shawn, Yes, I am following the story and life of Charlie and his parents and praying the Flame of Love prayers that will “blind Satan” and hopefully move these plans into God’s Merciful and Loving Hands. Let all Flame of Love warriors join us also. Shawn and all leaders of 40 Days for Life continue in your great work for saving Lives of the born and unborn. Much Love, Peace and Joy, J. Angele former Leader of 40 Day Campaigns at Bryn Mawr Hospital, PA.

    I shall forward this to all those in our Flame of Love Cenacles in the US.