There is obviously no "Correct" answer to this question & since there are no guarantees on either side of the issue, barring parental neglect or provable lack of care for their child, I think the state has no RIGHT to overrule the parent's & their child's decision.
There is a possibility that the cancer could improve by itself & there is a possibility that chemo may not work,or worse, may even kill the little boy.
Imagine this scenario:
With the parents locked up to ensure they could not interfere, the state send its agents in who grab the screaming & struggling little boy & hold him down while chemotherapy is forced upon him &.........the little boy dies during a treatment!
Can anyone imagine a scene like that????
Can anyone say that would not be a possibility?
The state has no business involving itself!
Last edited by Devil505; 05-20-09 at 07:11 PM.
Let me tell you a story about why I think this way. I tried looking up details on this, but it happened back when I was in high school, around 1980, and not having any luck. A 13 year old girl living in Detroit was molested by her mothers boyfriend and got pregnant. She wanted to have an abortion, but her mother would not allow it. Somehow she got in touch with a lawyer, and the lawyer filed with the court for her to have an abortion. The judge assigned was vehemently anti-abortion. he sat on the case for an extended period of time, then finally, after some deadline for performing the abortion was imminent, recused himself, leaving not enough time for a new judge to be assigned and grant the permission. Note that this is almost 30 years ago, and I am working from memory, but that is the basic element of the story.
Now, I realize that my stance means that the girl still would not have been able to have an abortion. That is not the point, I accept that it is sad, but sad things happen. The point I am trying to make with the story is, the people in government who would have to make medical decisions if the court intervenes are not proven to be any more capable of making clear, reasoned decisions than parents are. For that reason, among others, I feel that the government just should not get involved in medical decisions.
The age of consent for other "adult" decisions and activities ranges from 16 to 21 in most states. 16 seems like a better place than 13 to draw the line here...and since the kid can't even read, I'm not inclined to give him the benefit of doubt when it comes to his mental competence.
Last edited by Kandahar; 05-20-09 at 07:10 PM.
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Sure enough, a few hours later, the waters came and his house started to flood. So he ran upstairs to escape the rising waters, while praying to the Lord. Moments later, he found himself sitting on the roof of his house as the waters continued to rise. Just then, a helicopter appeared and a voice over a loudspeaker told him to get into the rescue basket. He declined saying, "The Lord will rescue me, so go and help someone else." So the helicopter continued on in a search for more victims.
Soon, his house started to float away and break up. Just before it completely fell apart, he managed to grab onto an over hanging branch of a tree. He desperately clung to the tree while still praying to God. Then he noticed a rescue boat approaching him and they told to get ready to jump inside. But he said, "I'll be alright. The Lord will rescue me. Please help someone else." So the boat continued on looking for more victims.
Moments later, the tree broke apart and the man fell into the deadly waters of the raging river and drowned.
Standing before the Lord, he asked, "Lord, why didn't You answer my prayer for help"?
The Lord looked at him and said, "Son, I sent you a message over the radio to flee your home, but you ignored it. Then I sent you a helicopter to lift you off your roof and you ignored that too. Finally, I sent you a rescue boat to take you off that tree, but you ignored that also. What more did you want Me to do?"
Last edited by Hatuey; 05-20-09 at 07:22 PM.
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