Experts, not trolls, should guide us on emotive issues
The heartbreaking cases of Ava Barry and Charlie Gard have set the online herd off on a stampede
There are remarkable similarities between the tragic cases of Charlie Gard and Ava Barry. In both instances, the emotional turmoil endured by the parents of a severely ill youngster has pulled firmly on the public's heartstrings.
The moral and ethical issues posed by the medical dilemmas arising in both cases have led most people to think: 'what would I do?'
However, the struggles of Ava's parents, Vera Twomey and Paul Barry, and Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, have also been politicised by interest groups and politicians pursuing an agenda.