"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
#2 I would say the same. The parent should have the right and ability to control their child's schedule, diet, television habits, personal hygiene, education, etc. within reason up to the age of emancipation. I am very big on the principle of it's my house and I pay the bills and therefore you will follow my rules.
The only say the state should have in any of that is in the case of gross neglect or abuse or inability to parent in which case the child should always be removed from the home.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776
A 17 year old is perfectly capable of making her own decisions. When she is 17 years and 364 days old, she is one day away from being able to enter into legal contracts. They don't mature in body nor mind overnight.
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields
A seventeen year old spends time away from their family working, gaining life experiences, and making their own life choices, so I don't see how we can declare them incapable of making their own medical decisions. The very idea they are minors and must be forced to take treatment is idiotic.
"Half full or half empty doesn't matter. What matters is, you've only got half a glass...so what are you going to do about it?" - Me