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

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

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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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