florida couple arrested for not continuing chemo treatments for 4 year old

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SMH..now we have a florida couple arrested and losing custody of 4 year old child..A"manhunt" Wtf ? ..manhunt finds them in Tennessee after refusing to bring child back to to heath care facility after 2 chemo treatments..mom states she was seeking alternative treatment CBD oils..food treatments ect.didnt want child to have chemo... couldn't put in her childs body treatments she didn't know fully about..these parents loss custody of 4 year old and are now facing charges!!! wow!! now the medical police are demanding under law we and our families receive their treatment..our rights are being chipped away
 





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Chemo is a rough decision to make for anyone but especially a kid. My husband said it was rough to go to the cancer hospital and see the kids there taking chemo..no doubt about that.
I think the problem is is that’s the only treatment there is...maybe the authorities don’t want to see a dead four year old while the parents try other methods that may or may not work?
 





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When I went to look up the case referred to in the OP, I found that this isn't a one-off. Cases like this are popping up all over the country, since 2004 at least. The parents in this particular instance weren't completely against the chemo, they just wanted to explore alternative treatment options. The problem arose when the hosptal staff insisted , and got Child Protective Services (CPS) involved to force the treatment on the boy and his family.

It looks like it may be time for a national discussion of the issue. Where to draw the line between parents' rights to decide and other interested parties, such as the medical community and govt. agencies? It won't be easy, and it won't be pretty, but we as a society will have to come up with some ground rules at the very least.
 





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Where to draw the line between parents' rights to decide and other interested parties, such as the medical community and govt. agencies? It won't be easy, and it won't be pretty, but we as a society will have to come up with some ground rules at the very least
it seems pretty clear cut to me.
parents are the legal guardians of their children. parents decide, not the state. id like to see a clause in there to give children the right at a specific age to make some of their own health decisions if they wish to override their parents, but the state should never ever be allowed to make the final call.
if this goes to court in the future and they rule otherwise, the state becomes the primary decision maker de jure for our children and by extension, all of us. that is unbelievably dangerous.