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    Re: At what age should a person be allowed to refuse medical treatment?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    But, just imagine you have an intelligent 14 year old. He has been treated for cancer, reacts badly to chemo, there's a huge alteration to his body image, he's depressed.

    Do you strap him down in a chair and force him to take chemo? He says he's had enough and wants to let nature to take its course.
    Then the parents should sue or move to a state where a child can legally petition to have himself emancipated at 14 years of age.
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    Re: At what age should a person be allowed to refuse medical treatment?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Are you sure about that because in Oregon the sexual age of consent is 18 and the age in which someone can legally get married is 18(17 with parental consent), and you must be at least 16 in the state of Oregon to be able petition to become emancipated.

    http://www.jrplaw.org/documents/eman...y%20oregon.pdf

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    I'm merely going by what the article I posted stated.

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    Re: At what age should a person be allowed to refuse medical treatment?

    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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    Re: At what age should a person be allowed to refuse medical treatment?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    You didn't list 18 so I picked other. At 18 years old you are an adult and legallly responsible for what ever the hell you do.At 17 years old and younger your parents are legally and morally responsible for you,therefore you do not have a right to refuse medical treatment and since your parents are legally and morally responsible for you they do not have a right to deny you needed medical treatment.
    Not if you're a parent yourself.
    In that case, you not only have a right to determine the course of your own medical treatment, but also that of your children.

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    Re: At what age should a person be allowed to refuse medical treatment?

    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.

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    Re: At what age should a person be allowed to refuse medical treatment?

    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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    Re: At what age should a person be allowed to refuse medical treatment?

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    IMO, it cannot be an age thing, but instead must be on a person by person basis. Based on the individual's ability to understand the consequences of his/her decision.
    It's mostly this. But if I'm asked to name an age, I'd go with around 16-ish.
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    Re: At what age should a person be allowed to refuse medical treatment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    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.
    Meh, it's kinda like chlorine for the gene pool.
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    Re: At what age should a person be allowed to refuse medical treatment?

    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.
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