The Court deemed the minor girl was not mentally competent to make her own decision.
Connecticut Teen With Curable Cancer Must Continue Chemo: Court - NBC News
17-year-old Connecticut girl with a highly curable cancer is not mentally competent to make her own medical decisions and will continue to receive the chemotherapy treatments she's battled to halt, the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered Thursday.
Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers ruled that the teen — listed only as Cassandra C. in legal records — is not mature by any standard.
That means Cassandra will remain at a Hartford hospital, in the temporary custody of child-welfare workers, and will receive her full course of chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma. Doctors have said her odds at recovery are 80 to 85 percent with chemo, but that she will die without it.
And it doesn't bother me that she's 17 either. If she was 3 and her mother was too bull headed/stupid to approve this kind of treatment, few of us would object (I think) because the abuse or neglect is pretty obvious. The law says 18 in NJ, and the actions of the minor here don't indicate she's responsible enough to make this decision, nor is her mother stepping in with other responsible plans to get this treated. It's not a very steep slippery slope from where I'm looking at it.
Grumble - I think the real question is she mature enough to decide her own medical treatment. Her state's laws seem
To dicate that age is the primary deciding factor. I haven't thought much about this until now - but in general I err on the side of less government/more family intervention in these types of matters. It sounds as though her parents support her decision to refuse the treatment. I am going to check to see how many states have these mature minor statues. I wonder if there has been a case yet where the minor wants to refuse treatment, the parents disagree, and the court issues an opinion?