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Thread: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Shouldn't that decision, right or wrong, be in the hands of the girl? And, if the girl is judged to be a child, and not able to make that decision, then shouldn't the decision, right or wrong, be in the hands of the mother?
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I dont think they do, especially when she is considered a minor (i know 17 is questionable) and her mother doesnt want her to have chemo either... But please share how the ACA has something to do with this.
    you responded satirically. I pointed out only that your satire did contain faults - Obama did push to give government this power.

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    No, the government should NOT have rights in this decision. Who makes the decision that what the government has decided, is the right decision? This isn't a moral issue. It's one of the right to self-determination wrt living and dying.
    I would agree completely if the person in question wasn't a minor. Normally the decision would fall to the parents. As the guardians of this child, I cant imagine why the parents aren't insisting that she undergo the treatment. That a guardian would allow their child to die when treatment is available might be why the court stepped in in the first place.

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    ...... Do you see a strong point of relevance there to the discussion of whether or not government belongs in those decisions?
    There is no point of relevance to discuss when you make up facts that don't exist in this case.
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Shouldn't that decision, right or wrong, be in the hands of the girl? And, if the girl is judged to be a child, and not able to make that decision, then shouldn't the decision, right or wrong, be in the hands of the mother?
    Why does the mother have more of a right than the government--both of them are telling the girl what she has to do whether she agrees or not?

    No the decision should not be in the hands of the girl. Eating grass juice isn't going to slow or cure her cancer and she is foolish to think it will. When she is 18 she can legally decide for herself, but by then, perhaps she will be on the home stretch. I really do not know what stage she is in, but it sounds like she is very early on and is highly treatable.

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by Fletch View Post
    I would agree completely if the person in question wasn't a minor. Normally the decision would fall to the parents. As the guardians of this child, I cant imagine why the parents aren't insisting that she undergo the treatment. That a guardian would allow their child to die when treatment is available might be why the court stepped in in the first place.
    Did the girl herself not state that she (herself) doesn't want chemo? That was how I understood the article. It sounds to me as if the parents are supporting her own wish. Minor or not, she seems to be capable of self-directing, and if her parents are simply supporting her decision, I have no problem with that at all.
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    you responded satirically. I pointed out only that your satire did contain faults - Obama did push to give government this power.
    You still havent pointed this out.... What does the ACA have to do with this, especially when the decision was made by the Supreme Court of Connecticut?


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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Did the girl herself not state that she (herself) doesn't want chemo? That was how I understood the article. It sounds to me as if the parents are supporting her own wish. Minor or not, she seems to be capable of self-directing, and if her parents are simply supporting her decision, I have no problem with that at all.
    She is going to die without the treatment. And I just dont see rational parents supporting a decision that is essentially suicide. As long as I am my childs guardian, those sorts of decisions will be mine. Once she is 18, that decision is hers.

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Did the girl herself not state that she (herself) doesn't want chemo? That was how I understood the article. It sounds to me as if the parents are supporting her own wish. Minor or not, she seems to be capable of self-directing, and if her parents are simply supporting her decision, I have no problem with that at all.
    OK, let me play devil's advocate here. Assuming that the girl wanted to commit suicide by putting a bullet in her head, and the mother was such a sicko that she supported it, would it be the government's right to step in and stop it? If the answer is yes, then what is different about this case that the government has no right to step in.?
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Did the girl herself not state that she (herself) doesn't want chemo? That was how I understood the article. It sounds to me as if the parents are supporting her own wish. Minor or not, she seems to be capable of self-directing, and if her parents are simply supporting her decision, I have no problem with that at all.
    She will attain her majority in under a year. This isn't about a little child; it's about a 17-year old. That's troubling.

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