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Monday, June 13th 2005

Family v. Doctors

This is a home state case that has grabbed national attention.

A child with Hodgkin’s who had been through chemo was told she would have to go through radiation therapy by her oncologist. When the family decided to postpone the therapy and try to get a second opinion with another oncologist, the physician’s practice reported them to CPS, and the state took the girl away and her brothers.

Child negligence when it comes to healthcare is a tough situation. How far do, say, religious freedoms extend when it comes to trying to force your children to practice them. It’s perfectly all right for a Seventh Day Adventist to refuse a blood transfusion but should he be able to refuse one for his child?