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

    The founding fathers never fought for any right for anyman to be stupid. The Oregon law is wrong, should never have been.
    These so-called churches/religious organizations should be banned; its so obvious that their agenda is primary and that the health and welfare of their victims is secondary.
    A man's age has little to do with this problem.

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

    Why did you not include 18? or 19-21 for that matter?

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

    I answered other like the others because there was no 18 listed
    per todays society and laws 18 is the only acceptable answers since before then you are a minor
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    Re: At what age should a person be allowed to refuse medical treatment?

    Quote Originally Posted by O_Guru View Post
    I answered other like the others because there was no 18 listed
    per todays society and laws 18 is the only acceptable answers since before then you are a minor
    That doesn't mean that you have no rights whatsoever, and are incapable of deciding anything at all for yourself until you turn 18. In the United States (at least in most states), we have granular age restrictions depending on the subject at hand. For something like this, somewhere between 14 and 16 seems appropriate IMO.
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    Re: At what age should a person be allowed to refuse medical treatment?

    If that same state deems parents to be legally responsible for their offspring until adulthood then it has allowed children to die needlessly - unless it deems these teenagers as adults.

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

    A person should be allowed to refuse (or accept, for that matter) medical treatment at whatever age they can reasonably be said to be fully aware of all the possible consequences of their decision.

    Obviously this means that there are many people under the age of 18 (and sometimes as young as 12) who fall into this category, and also many over that age who do not, such as the severely mentally disabled.

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

    This is actually a difficult question. I think the age limit should be gradual so that you had to be 18 to deny life-saving treatment while younger children might be perfectly capable of deciding on less serious treatments.

    I also think that parents should not be able to deny life-saving care for their children. Parents are guardians and stewards of their children, not owners, and by denying necessary care they fail their role.
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    Re: At what age should a person be allowed to refuse medical treatment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    That doesn't mean that you have no rights whatsoever, and are incapable of deciding anything at all for yourself until you turn 18. In the United States (at least in most states), we have granular age restrictions depending on the subject at hand. For something like this, somewhere between 14 and 16 seems appropriate IMO.
    Who said they have no rights what so ever and are incapable of deciding anything? I certainly didnt LOL

    Dont be dramatic, the bottom line is they are a minor and the parents get to make the call especially since the decision could involve live or death. now if you want to decide on which issues, have at it but 9 times out of 10 its up to the parents and or guardian as the child may not realize what his decision means just like about everything else
    PURE STUPIDITY 1.) Glenn Beck doesnt lie. 2.) Obama is Jesus like 3.) Sara Palin is so smart & shes a great speaker. 4.) Obama does just about everything perfect. 5.) Fox doesn' t lean right 6.) Pro-Choice is no different than Pro-Slavery 7.) MSNBC doesn't lean left. 8.) What TSA does is no different than sexual assault & child porn.

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

    So, what are everyone's suggestions as to how to enforce life saving treatments on a 16 year old? Do you tie him/her down in order to administer chemotherapy? Do you have a guard in the room to ensure he/she doesn't escape?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    So, what are everyone's suggestions as to how to enforce life saving treatments on a 16 year old? Do you tie him/her down in order to administer chemotherapy? Do you have a guard in the room to ensure he/she doesn't escape?
    if thats whats needed, this is ALREADY done to adults found to have a unsound mind although most times they are sedated but this already goes on with adults and parents already do this to children in other ways already. 18 is the age unless they have separated themselves from their parents under which ever laws cover this.
    PURE STUPIDITY 1.) Glenn Beck doesnt lie. 2.) Obama is Jesus like 3.) Sara Palin is so smart & shes a great speaker. 4.) Obama does just about everything perfect. 5.) Fox doesn' t lean right 6.) Pro-Choice is no different than Pro-Slavery 7.) MSNBC doesn't lean left. 8.) What TSA does is no different than sexual assault & child porn.

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