published : 2023-11-15

March for Life President Reacts to Infant Indi Gregory's Mandated Removal from Life Support in UK

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini Compares Indi Gregory to Charlie Gard in a Heart-Wrenching Tale of Struggle and Parental Rights

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini speaking at a pro-life rally (taken with Nikon D850)

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini has spoken out about the death of 8-month-old infant Indi Gregory, who was taken off of life support Monday after judges in the United Kingdom upheld a ruling mandating her parents allow her to die.

Having received clearance from the Italian government for continued treatment at a Vatican pediatric hospital, the U.K. courts' mandate to end the baby's life was heavily scrutinized and has become a flash point for pro-life issues.

Mancini told Fox News Digital that the child's death is one to be grieved about and compared it to a similar case.

"It reminds me of Charlie Gard from a few years ago," Mancini told Fox News Digital. "It was maybe 2018, 2017, and there was a young little baby, very similar, that the U.K. wouldn't allow certain treatments. And the parents really, truly wanted these treatments."

Infant Indi Gregory and her parents, moments before the court ruling (taken with Canon EOS R5)

Gard, a terminally ill baby whose parents were seeking to transfer him out of the U.K. for experimental treatment, was similarly mandated to be taken off life support by the British court system in 2017.

The Gard case was similar in many ways to that of Gregory, who suffered from a rare condition known as mitochondrial disease.

The deaths of both Gard and Gregory have raised questions about the United Kingdom's treatment of terminally ill patients and the government's unwillingness to allow them to seek treatment outside the country.

Mancini said she could not comment on the details of the Gregory case, but she stated that she considered Gregory's story a distinctly pro-life case worth grieving, similar to Gard.

Dean Gregory, father of Indi Gregory, holding her during a hospital visit (taken with Sony A7 III)

Dean Gregory, Indi's father, said before her death that he was inspired to baptize his daughter by Christian legal volunteers who fought to keep her alive.

"I am not religious and I am not baptized. But when I was in court, it felt like I had been dragged to hell," Dean Gregory said in a Nov. 6 interview with New Daily Compass. "I thought, if hell exists then heaven must exist. It was like the devil was there. I thought if there’s a devil then God must exist."