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court-ordered chemotherapy son and mother on the run.

not the first time i've heard of court ordered chemotherapy or other medical treatments. but i still think it's overstepping legal bounds for courts to force you to do things like chemotherapy or any treatment whatsoever. i don't even see how that can be actually legal.

http://www.huliq.com/3257/81166/mother-son-run-court-ordered . . .

charlie
Thu, 21 May 2009 20:12:48 +0000

i am torn on this one... under normal circumstances, i don't think they have the right... but the kid's condition is deteriorating...

gnowk
Sat, 23 May 2009 02:12:38 +0000

Not sure how this would stand up on the federal level. IMHO since this is a state of Minn. stature, the courts technically have a say on treatment. Of course, someone could fight this in the state and federal supreme court. I agree that I don't like the fact that the government has a say to begin with.

Sp Chess
Sun, 24 May 2009 02:16:45 +0000

It doesn't matter any more. the mom took herself out of the decision making process when she became a fugitive. The court doesn't have a choice given state law demanding medical care for all children.

Even if they are found, the court likely can't in good conscience rule in favor of the family because of this even if they don't know their states of mind. Plus, the child has a learning disability that subjects him to influences that he may otherwise question.

I respect religious belief and parental discretion but the is the twenty-first century. I'm not religious but I do believe in the "fingerprints" of a God. If there is a creation that isn't meant to harm someone, I'd like to think that it'll receive God's seal of approval.

Religious belief aside, bottom line is whether the state can mandate treatment. if they want to contest this, the way to do it is in the courts. We can take a child out of a home that the law/society says is unfit for the development and nuturing of a child. If the parents were to contest it under religious grounds what then?

What of the parent who starved her daughter to death because she was sick to begin with and she was seeking to starve out the devil in her? She did it for religious reasons.

It's a fine line but I think the line should be draw on the side of protecting the child's welfare.

sarcast
Mon, 25 May 2009 02:15:45 +0000

You are really not drawing the line. Because "she was seeking to starve out the devil in her" is still on the side of protecting the child's welfare.

Mel
Tue, 26 May 2009 02:13:49 +0000

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