Teens under 18 are not allowed full freedom by law is that most of them are not inclined to make short term sacrifices for long-term benefits.
One reason I support the government's actions in this case is that the parents seem to be influencing her in the direction of not getting treatment.
I had a friend who had lymphoma 18 years ago and is fine now after suffering through three months of chemo. It was rough, but bearable and clearly worthwhile.
Last edited by Hard Truth; 01-09-15 at 08:05 PM.
I'm not saying that in this case the threshold has been reached. However, I do think there's a point where it's OK to let go and let nature take its course.
How about this as a equivalent situation: A 17 year old has been sentenced to six months in prison, but wants to commit suicide instead of enduring prison. Would you allow that choice?
To answer your question though, the lines are already drawn. 18 is the age where the line sits. However, depending upon the state, legal emancipation can happen before that. In California you can file for emancipation at 14. You must prove adult competence.
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