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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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Azaima A.
Wednesday October 1, 2014, 9:12 AM

someone has to pay for them

Stardust Noel
Sunday September 7, 2014, 9:57 AM


Sue H.
Saturday September 6, 2014, 8:35 PM

Yes, but it should be reviewed.

Joan M.
Wednesday September 3, 2014, 11:14 PM

Not for their children

Ashley heffner
Monday June 16, 2014, 4:36 PM

If they are just doing it for religious reasons and the child presumably has a good chance to live with a high quality of life, then I would say that they should do the procedure.

Ashley heffner
Monday June 16, 2014, 4:36 PM

I don't know. It would depend what the situation was.

If the child is brain dead for example, should they keep them hooked up to a machine?

Natasha Salgado
Thursday May 29, 2014, 1:04 PM

NO. It's a parents responsibility their children be cared 4 especially health wise.

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 :-)

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


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