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should parents be forced to give their kids medical attention even if it against their religion?

it might save their life but then again the child can't speak

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:43 PM on Sep. 23, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Would you want some one to force you to do something to your kid that you didn't believe in or want to happen?

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:49 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • this is such a tough subject. i hate that the gov't already controls so much of our lives. and then there are times when ppl are just being selfish/idiotic when it comes to their kids. but for example the kid who didnt get chemo....he didnt want it, and so his parents didnt make him get it, yet mom's in trouble for not doing it. or the person who supposed got in trouble (cuz i dont know the whole story) for opting out of a c-section even though she ended up not needing one. i really cant say. bc i say well this subject stay out but this one get involved, then it gives them the right to step in anyways......ugh am i even making sense? lol

    Answer by AmandaN1 at 3:52 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • Yes, I do want parents to be forced to give their children medical attention, even if it is against the parents' beliefs. If it's generally accepted treatment, for a condition that is reasonably treatable, yes. I don't want any child to suffer because of their parents' beliefs.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:55 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • Yes. The child can not speak for themselves. It is the parents job to make sure their child is healthy and well taken care of. If the parents want to resort ot prayer over medical care for themselves, so be it. But, the child deserves better and when they get older, if they then decide to follow their parents, then they can.
    Also, if a parent decides to pray over a child that is ill, and the child dies, then I believe that they should be thrown in prison, in general populatin and when they get ill or hurt, see how far praying will get them.

    Answer by Kaelansmom at 4:00 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • anon 2:55 the prob is that things like mandatory flur shots or vaccines start becoming issues...there are those of us who dont believe in them (for reasons even other than autism). that is generally acceepted treatment. but not completely accepted. this is where things can get iffy......

    Answer by AmandaN1 at 4:00 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • I agree to an extent.
    I think some things are a parents choice, fine, but common sense is really what is called into question.

    Answer by Princessofscots at 4:20 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • If it is a matter of life or death, then absolutely. Other than that, I think it's a grey area.

    Answer by deadheadjen at 4:23 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • If it's a matter of life and death, HELL FUCKING YES. If the kid needs a blood transfusion or a transplant and they're going to die otherwise, the hospital should take over because the parents are now a danger to the child's life. It is NOT the fault of the poor child that they were born to extremist parents.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 4:49 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • If it is a clear-cut matter of life & death... then yes. Eating right, exercising, useage of natural remedies,& positive thoughts can only go so far in a lot of cases.

    Plus, in the case of a child - the use of medicine isn't really against the child's beliefs... but that of the parents. Who knows if the child believes the same as the parents? Even if the child claims to hold the same beliefs... is the child old enough really comprehend those beliefs? Is the child old enough to truly understand the risks & consequences of refusing the medication?

    If the child isn't old enough to be emancipated, then the child isn't old enough to make life & death decisions.... and so someone needs to advocate for the LIFE of that child so s/he has the chance to grow up & say "Screw you, Drs! You went against my beliefs & saved my life!!" and the Drs can reply "You're welcome" :-)

    Answer by Laura1229 at 4:58 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

  • Yes, if it involves the possibility of my child dying, yes!!!!

    Answer by older at 5:00 PM on Sep. 23, 2009

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