Religious fundamental parents and their children's health

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Religious fundamental parents and their children's health

#1  Postby Chris Putnam » Apr 24, 2018 7:26 pm

It is easy to find numerous cases of parents refusing medical treatment for their seriously ill children because to do so reveals a "lack of faith" which might displease the LORD. Jehovah's Witnesses routinely refuse blood transfusions. LDS might refuse the removal of "sacred undergarments" in emergencies. Should the law require medical treatment of minor children over their parents objections on religious grounds? Some US states have laws protecting the parents decisions here. Others do not.

I know such a topic might excite serious emotions in people on both sides of the issue. Hope we can keep this discussion on an intelligent civil tone. Thank you and please lets begin.
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#2  Postby TopCat » Apr 24, 2018 8:33 pm

Good luck finding people from both sides of the (supposed) argument here.
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Re: Religious fundamental parents and their children's health

#3  Postby Sendraks » Apr 24, 2018 9:17 pm

Chris Putnam wrote:Should the law require medical treatment of minor children over their parents objections on religious grounds?


Depends on the treatment and the objection. If it is a life saving treatment, the state has a duty of care to the child's wellbeing.
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#4  Postby felltoearth » Apr 25, 2018 12:21 pm

Chris Putnam wrote:It is easy to find numerous cases of parents refusing medical treatment for their seriously ill children because to do so reveals a "lack of faith" which might displease the LORD. Jehovah's Witnesses routinely refuse blood transfusions. LDS might refuse the removal of "sacred undergarments" in emergencies. Should the law require medical treatment of minor children over their parents objections on religious grounds? Some US states have laws protecting the parents decisions here. Others do not.

I know such a topic might excite serious emotions in people on both sides of the issue. Hope we can keep this discussion on an intelligent civil tone. Thank you and please lets begin.

What’s your position on this? When and where should the state intervene?
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Re: Religious fundamental parents and their children's health

#5  Postby Chris Putnam » Apr 25, 2018 2:38 pm

Life threatening situations for sure. God could work with or without physicians. Does a child have to rely on his parents faith or lack thereof to be "healed". They would not have a good argument in my opinion.
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#6  Postby Sendraks » Apr 25, 2018 3:02 pm

Chris Putnam wrote: God could work with or without physicians.


Eh?
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#7  Postby laklak » Apr 25, 2018 3:02 pm

That's a good point, nothing says God can't heal them just before the surgery or treatment. Imagine how impressive that would be - Look, the tumor, it's.......GONE! Praise Jebus!
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Re: Religious fundamental parents and their children's health

#8  Postby Scot Dutchy » Apr 25, 2018 5:56 pm

laklak wrote:That's a good point, nothing says God can't heal them just before the surgery or treatment. Imagine how impressive that would be - Look, the tumor, it's.......GONE! Praise Jebus!


That would be very impressive but of course it will never happen.

Here nobody listens to religious nutters. The life of the patient is paramount not what the parents believe.

When I first came to this country in 1967 there was a polio outbreak in a town called Staphorst which is an extreme black stocking part of the bible belt. The parents did not want their children to be inoculated so the government passed a bill through parliament in a day to make it compulsory.
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