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    Re: Mom who withheld son's cancer meds gets 8-10 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Marshabar View Post
    I don't think we can really understand the woman's experience or her decision. It is horrible if this had to do with her finances. If she was really trying to hide what she was doing she would have bought the prescriptions wouldn't she? It's a horrible situation and I hope the boy is spared a lot more suffering. He will suffer the loss of his mother, that's for sure.
    It speaks well of you that you are trying to be understanding of this woman's situation, but did you read the article referenced? The boy is already dead - his mother's inaction killed him, so (a) he is certainly spared any further suffering, and (b) he will not miss his mother.

    I consider what she did was wrong in every respect, but I find myself unable to condemn her totally. We cannot know the stress she endured in that situation, and I am sure she loved her son, but was motivated by a combination of altruistic and selfish concerns. The court's decision was the only one possible - it was a form of premeditated murder, irrespective of the motivations. She had to be imprisoned, if only as a deterrent to anyone else who might consider that course of action, and the life of a child, who had a good chance of surviving his cancer, was forfeited.
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    Re: Mom who withheld son's cancer meds gets 8-10 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    So what if she deprived her son of medicines he'd need to live? Don't conservatives support
    total parental control over medical decisions when it comes to their children? Even when it goes against the opinion of educated medical professionals? You people act like this is out of the norm in the US.
    It is out of the norm. She withheld the medication for completely different reasons, nothing political or religious ...

    But she acknowledged that she stopped giving him the at-home medications during the final phase of treatment because she could not bear to see how much pain and suffering the side effects of the medication caused him.

    Nice job taking this and making it political for absolutly no reason.
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    Re: Mom who withheld son's cancer meds gets 8-10 years

    Get it out of your head that he is your son and you can do whatever you want with him.

    It takes a village. We are ALL responsible for your son. How dare you take such a decision into your own hands. You don't get to let your kid die without a fight.

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