A court has rejected a last-ditch appeal by the parents of the seriously ill boy Alfie Evans against a ruling preventing them from flying him to Rome for treatment, The Guardian reports.
Three court of appeal judges on Wednesday backed the decision made at the high court the previous day to deny the request after Alfie was granted Italian citizenship.
“The power of love is beating the cynicism of the one one who turned off life support. All my support to Alfie and his extraordinary parents,” President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said yesterday.
Different centre-right MEPs asked the European Commission “to act urgently to ensure the rights of Alfie Evans & his parents saying the UK court decision is contrary to EU convention on human rights” (Letter was co-signed by EPP MEPs Elisabetta Gardini, Marijana Petir, Peter Liese, Lorenzo Cesa, Massimiliano Salini, Lara Comi, Miroslav Mikolasik, Alojz Peterle and Tomáš Zdechovský).
The European Christian Political Movement (ECPM) also stood up against UK decision to turn down the request of the parents to take the child to Italy for further hospitalization after the Italian government granted Alfie Italian citizenship following the intervention of the Pope.
“We are therefore against any effort to prematurely end the life of Alfie” says ECPM MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson (DUP). “If the doctors of the hospital in Liverpool are not willing to provide the compassionate care that Alfie needs while he continues to fight for his life, his parents should be allowed to seek further assistance elsewhere. As EU citizens, they currently have the right to seek further medical assistance for Alfie abroad. As parents, they have the right to choose what is in the best interest of their child. As Alfie continues to fight, it becomes clear that the medical prognosis was wrong. Alfie deserves another chance.”