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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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Ari B.
Friday March 27, 2015, 5:27 AM

Dimi, why don't you go read a good book instead? ;-)

Ari B.
Friday March 27, 2015, 5:26 AM

Of course! Then arrest them for murder.

Dimitris Dallis
Thursday March 5, 2015, 12:11 PM

I'm tired of these pointless questions.

Sue H.
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 11:23 PM

Should be reviewed on an individual basis.

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.

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