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Should parents have the right to refuse lifesaving medical procedures that doctors deem necessary for their children?

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Poll Results: 9,437 votes
46%
No. The child's health should always come first.
 
37%
The decision should be reviewed on an individual basis.
 
10%
Yes. It is strictly the parents' decision.
 
3%
I don't know.
 
2%
Yes, but only for religious reasons.
 
1%
Other.
 



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M.N. J.
Sunday March 1, 2015, 3:09 PM


There are laws against child endangerment and abuse, even when committed by the parents.

Why would "refusing lifesaving medical treatment" not qualify as endangerment?

Lisbeth Jensen
Saturday February 21, 2015, 5:23 AM


Thank you.

Darren Woolsey
Saturday February 21, 2015, 3:35 AM


If the child is able to speak for themselves, I take the view that their view overrides the parents. The parents' personal religious practices shouldn't override the child's health.

Dave C.
Friday February 20, 2015, 9:33 AM


fascinating question, few absolutes in life, I cannot make a blanket statement so I guess the answer should be yes in some circumstances.........

Barbara D.
Friday February 13, 2015, 1:48 PM


No abortions, but they can kill a child????

John B.
Thursday February 12, 2015, 6:44 AM


No. The child's health should always come first.

Panchali Yapa
Sunday February 8, 2015, 8:25 AM


Thank you

Warren Webber
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 1:44 AM


Example, should parents have a right to brutally beat or sexual abuse their kids?

Warren Webber
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 1:43 AM


Mmm, there should be a limit to parental control. They are caretakers & guardians of their children, but not their OWNERS or masters.
The kids, within reason, should have some rights as citizens in themselves.

Nimue Pendragon
Thursday January 15, 2015, 1:19 AM


That's a tricky one.



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