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    Re: Forced chemotherapy? Yay or ixnay?

    A parent wanting their child to have "alternative treatments" is interfering in the rights of that child to live. A parent's rights over their child are not absolute and the government has an invested interest in the livelihood of children AND a right to interfere when the parents is endangering the child. In some states, they place the priority of the child's life over that of the parent (whether its a "religious freedom" issue or not) in other states, they don't. If you claim to support states rights and you don't like it, move.
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    Re: Forced chemotherapy? Yay or ixnay?

    "States rights" is generally code for taking away rights but that is off topic.

    A child who's best interests are not being represented by the parent deserves representation by someone who has their best interests in mind. Cases can be ambiguous and controversial at times but I think there is something wrong if we think if is the right of the parent to take a path that will ultimately harm the child. If my kid got cancer and I became stupid enough to try herbal remedies instead of actual treatment I would hope my tax dollars went to work.against my wishes.

    In all cases like these someone's going to get hurt, someone's going to feel like their parental rights are violated. But, parental rights only go as far as whats best for the child. If what you are doing is detrimental to the child your parental rights are null.

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    Re: Forced chemotherapy? Yay or ixnay?

    If you remember the case of the girl in a coma,legally brain dead...and the fight in the family about taking her off life support..went all the way to the supreme court...Was in the news for years I think.

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    Re: Forced chemotherapy? Yay or ixnay?

    The Terri Schiavo thing was ridicolous. I remember that dominating the news cycle when I was in High School. They dragged her husband through the mud.

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    Re: Forced chemotherapy? Yay or ixnay?

    On the one hand forcing someone to endure the hell that comes with chemo therapy is monstrous. On the other hand it has improved the life of some for years after the treatments.
    The sad part is that it fails more often than not with some forms of cancer. Doctors don't know everything, and government and courts know less. I just feel that no agent of government should have the power of life and death over any individual. Abuse always comes from that power.

    I am not unbiased here. I have a great friend who has gone through chemo three times and is enjoying life - knowing that his cancer will someday come back. I also lost a 7 year old niece to Leukemia after watching her go through "treatments". She was in remission for two months. When they said they wanted to do another round she told her parents "no". They let her die the way she wanted. That was the only funeral I ever cried at but I would not have forced her to endure that "treatment" again. It was rightly her choice and even at seven she had the right to accept death on her terms. It still hurts. I gotta go.

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