Thursday 27 July 2017

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

Campaigning: Vera Twomey with her six-year-old daughter Ava Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney
Campaigning: Vera Twomey with her six-year-old daughter Ava Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

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.

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