Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Who has the right?

A couple of years ago, I saw a new item on TV where the parents of a young boy suffering from cancer refused chemotherapy and wanted to follow a more holistic method of healing. The city Social Services reported them and the parents were charged with negligence and forced to put their kid through chemo. Here is a similar case. I am not sure if its the same case. Why do the parents not have the final say in this matter? Is five years of a painful life better than two without pain? Its difficult to answer such ethical questions. What concerns me is that, the courts instead of saying "we do not have a definite solution here and are conflicted", have chosen to force the parents and penalize them. How should the law handle such cases?

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