Poor kids. :(
Poor kids. :(
I haven't been able to find what the teenager died from. I think this is a shame. And while I think that at a certain age "children" should be able to have some say in their medical treatment, I don't necessarily think they should have the final say. Although I doubt in this case it would have made a difference. I assume the parents supported his decision not to accept any medical treatment.
Wow. Arent there laws against assisting in someone's suicide? Kevorkian sure seems to get in trouble when he does it. Thats what these lunatics should be charged with. That and every kind of child abuse charge that could possibly stick. Religious freedom shouldn't give you the right to brainwash and kill your kids.
So a 16-year old refused treatment, an established constitutional right, based on religious grounds, which is within the statutory scheme of the state, and this is somehow the parents' fault?
I guess then that we need to start having government-paid inspectors in every household, to make sure that parents aren't teaching their children any religious beliefs that conflict with the government-sanctioned secular humanism beliefs. Makes sense to me. After all, who needs religious freedom? We have government!
The interesting thing is that if he were a 16 year-old who had overdosed on drugs or had driven drunk and killed himself, we would not necessarily be wanting to charge the parents with anything. And yet, it can be argued, that the parents did just as much, if not more damage, to their children here.
So are you guys OK with an underage Muslim girl consenting to castration because her parents spoonfed her a bunch of BS her entire life, guaranteeing she never even had the chance or faculties to realize that she has an option in the matter?
It's child abuse, plain and simple. Remember the thread about that cult and the government giving the kids back to the cult members? How many here were calling for more intervention? I think this case engenders a little bit more sympathy because Christians are involved... but these arent run of the mill Christians..
Last edited by wilbur; 06-20-2008 at 01:52 PM.
You're right, it's a tough decision age wise, but I would think that the Oregon legislature spent some time considering the issue before reaching its decision.
Are you OK with allowing a court to insist that a woman be kept on life support, even if there is evidence suggesting that she wants to be allowed to die? After all, the only excuse is religious brainwashing, right?
In fact, I believe that anti-polygamy laws should be abolished in view of religious expression. Remember, there's no law against having a bunch of women living with you and bearing children, it's only illegal once you start calling them your wives and taking care of them.
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