Originally Posted by thepunisher
Have any of you heard similar cases about lifesaving treatments, that the state has stepped into? For example, any of the 7 day evangalist cases with minors and blood transfusions/organ donation? If not, perhaps you should look into them and see a much longer history of government intereference.
The government (where they get the power for this, i have no clue) can step in and intervine in a life or death situation, based in part by child protection acts, when they believe the kid's best interests are not in the parents choice.
There have been even more similar cases to this than just relegious based. They artical specifically mentions one where the court ruled the 13 year old's parents had the right to decide on a treatment. This case was just a method to get this discussion started here. I guess my biggest problem with this situation is that the oncology department went to the courts when they refused the second round of chemo. If the family didn't have medical insurance they wouldn't even acknowledge his presence.