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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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Clare M.
Thursday April 10, 2014, 7:41 PM


An independent assessment should be made. If it for life saving treatment then it would be hard not to go against the parents saying no.

If it is for a minor cosmetic procedure then the parents have the right to decide.

Don't forget too to ask the child, they are clever little people you know :-)

JL A.
Friday March 7, 2014, 2:48 PM


Not all medical recommendations are necessarily right--so I do not want to have that as an assumption.

Todor Todorov
Friday February 28, 2014, 2:26 AM


No

Mary T.
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 6:55 PM


no, to themselves yes but not their children

John S.
Saturday February 15, 2014, 2:22 AM


Then why do people support parents that don't ensure children get vaccines? This is a question of degrees after all.

Joy T.
Sunday January 12, 2014, 2:11 AM


Child's health comes first.

Mary T.
Saturday January 4, 2014, 9:39 PM


no

Sue H.
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 5:55 PM


The decision should be reviewed on an individual basis.

Alan Lambert
Saturday November 30, 2013, 1:28 AM


It's which is more important, religion or life. I'd prefer to say life, but I cannot. The fact that these parents can (and are legally required to) make these decisions for their minor children allows me to worship or NOT as I choose.

I choose not to, sooooo, I have to come down on the parent's side.

Alan Lambert
Saturday November 30, 2013, 1:28 AM


It's which is more important, religion or life. I'd prefer to say life, but I cannot. The fact that these parents can (and are legally required to) make these decisions for their minor children allows me to worship or NOT as I choose.

I choose not to, sooooo, I have to come down on the parent's side.



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