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

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

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl being forced by state officials to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer says she understands she'll die if she stops treatment but it should be her decision.

    The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday state officials aren't violating the rights of the girl, Cassandra C., who has Hodgkin lymphoma.

    Cassandra told The Associated Press in an exclusive text interview from her hospital that it disgusts her to have "such toxic harmful drugs" in her body and she'd like to explore alternative treatments.
    In essence, the government is confining a 17 year old girl in a hospital room, and forcing her to undergo chemotherapy. With the chemo, she has an 85 percent chance of a cure. Without the chemo, she will likely be dead within 2 years.

    I have posted a poll with this thread, since I would like to know what everybody thinks of this. This is a very tough issue. Does the government have a right to mandate a life and death decision when the wrong choice is probably death? What about for adults? What about for children? Does the government have the right to take over a parenting function from the parent in some circumstances? Is the government acting in the child's interest, or is the government going overboard? Is this big government at work, or should government be a little big at times? There are a lot of angles to this issue, and I would like to hear as many as possible.

    Thank you.

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

    The gov has absolutely no business in this... why, the next thing they'll be telling people that they aren't worth the cost of medical procedures ... and must die...
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by Thom Paine View Post
    The gov has absolutely no business in this... why, the next thing they'll be telling people that they aren't worth the cost of medical procedures ... and must die...
    But she will die if not given the chemo. How does that translate to a "death panel", where the government would mandate a death?
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    I blame Obamacare.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    In essence, the government is confining a 17 year old girl in a hospital room, and forcing her to undergo chemotherapy. With the chemo, she has an 85 percent chance of a cure. Without the chemo, she will likely be dead within 2 years.

    I have posted a poll with this thread, since I would like to know what everybody thinks of this. This is a very tough issue. Does the government have a right to mandate a life and death decision when the wrong choice is probably death? What about for adults? What about for children? .
    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.
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I blame Obamacare.
    The ACA does give power over these decisions to an unelected, unaccountable board.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    But she will die if not given the chemo. How does that translate to a "death panel", where the government would mandate a death?
    See post #5

    I did NOT equate to death panel.
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Girl says she knows she'll die without chemo

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I blame Obamacare.
    I blame socialism

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

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    The ACA does give power over these decisions to an unelected, unaccountable board.
    C'mon.... This again?


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Thom Paine View Post
    I blame socialism

    Me too! It scares me!


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