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    Re: Should parents be allowed to refuse life saving treatment for their children?

    Should parents be allowed to refuse life saving treatment for their children?
    I think it depends partially on the situation.

    If we're talking about a situation where the child will never be able to have a decent quality of life, I think the parents should be able to make that decision.

    If we're talking about a situation where the parents are refusing treatment for religious reasons, even if the child could fully recover with treatment, then the parents have absolutely no right to refuse.

    Children aren't property for parents to practice their religious beliefs on.

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    Re: Should parents be allowed to refuse life saving treatment for their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by FallingPianos View Post
    I think it depends partially on the situation.

    If we're talking about a situation where the child will never be able to have a decent quality of life, I think the parents should be able to make that decision.

    If we're talking about a situation where the parents are refusing treatment for religious reasons, even if the child could fully recover with treatment, then the parents have absolutely no right to refuse.

    Children aren't property for parents to practice their religious beliefs on.
    So for you its an anti-religious thing.

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    Re: Should parents be allowed to refuse life saving treatment for their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    So for you its an anti-religious thing.
    religion is the most prominent example, but not at all a requirement.

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    Re: Should parents be allowed to refuse life saving treatment for their children?

    Can't we have a separate list for liberals, I hate being on the same list as ADK.
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    Re: Should parents be allowed to refuse life saving treatment for their children?

    I'm just glad the kid is back home. I hope that all involved can unite in doing what is best for this young man now, so that he can focus on beating his cancer.

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    Re: Should parents be allowed to refuse life saving treatment for their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by hiswoman View Post
    I'm just glad the kid is back home. I hope that all involved can unite in doing what is best for this young man now, so that he can focus on beating his cancer.
    He doesn't want the treatment.

    I guess it's only "your body, your choice" when you're a girl.

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    Re: Should parents be allowed to refuse life saving treatment for their children?

    Needs to be a case by case basis, IMO. Can't be black and white.

    I definitely think that the child should be able to decide for themselves,however. As in the most recent case to hit the news. He doesn't want chemo, he shouldn't have chemo. I wouldn't have it either, so I would completely fight for his right to not be forced to have poison put into his body.

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    Re: Should parents be allowed to refuse life saving treatment for their children?

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    Re: Should parents be allowed to refuse life saving treatment for their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    He doesn't want the treatment.

    I guess it's only "your body, your choice" when you're a girl.
    Looks like you missed the post I made earlier on this thread:
    In general, the government should not interfere with a parent's decision regarding their child's medical treatment. If parental choice is questionable in cases like this one, an assessment of the child's cognitive development should be made to ensure he or she understands the implications of refusing treatment. If he or she is competent to make that choice, it should be respected.

    In this particular case, there are too many unanswered questions and I believe it was right for the court to intervene.
    The kid wanted to return home, likely knowing that he would probably be ordered to take the treatments, hence it was indeed his choice.

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    Re: Should parents be allowed to refuse life saving treatment for their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    He doesn't want the treatment.
    He's been brainwashed by his parents and their retarded religious beliefs.

    I guess it's only "your body, your choice" when you're a girl.
    Only after you're a legal adult, then it gets to be your choice. Before that, society has a say.
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