"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
I think it depends on the type of treatment and why they're refusing it. If they're weighing the pros and cons of a risky procedure from a medical perspective, that requires a little more brainpower (and therefore a higher age of consent) than deciding that it offends their religious sensibilities.
But in general, somewhere between 14 and 16 IMO.
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Not if those actions could be determined as criminally negligent.
I think refusing life-saving medical care because of "your beliefs" fits that description. I know our founding fathers fought for our right to be stupid, but not when it negatively impacts others.
If they're an adult (18+), then they should be allowed to at any age (unless they are seriously mentally handicapped - and if this guy did this because of some stupid fundamentalist belief, then he might qualify as such).
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Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
They can refuse medical treatment the day they turn 18. Before that, they are not legally adults and therefore, do not have full legal control over their bodies. Likewise, parents ought not be allowed to deny medical treatment to minors either.