JL - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
There has been a string of criminal cases in America the past couple of years involving parents who follow faith healing practices. The cases have involved children from infant to teen that have died from such things as a viral infection, a urinary tract infections to a diabetic coma. The parents in each of the cases did not seek out medical help for their children because they follow faith healing practices and belong to churches that believe prayer is the best way to heal.
States have been prosecuting the parents charging them with things like involuntary manslaughter and child neglect. Some states where the death of children in faith healing homes are higher and more prevalent have even passed laws making it illegal to not seek medical treatment for a sick child.
Some people have argued that the laws and the prosecutions are an attack on freedom of religion and many state laws cover the expemption of prosection because of religious ideals. However, many State lawmakers and child advocates are arguing that a child's life comes before an adults personal religious choice and many judges are shunning the religious defense claiming that neglecting medical care is no different than other forms of neglect and abuse.
Personally, I think as a parent you should exhaust every means possible in the name of your child's health and wellness. As an adult you have the right to refuse medical care but a child does not get to make that choice therefore they should recieve medical care. I find it sad and it sickness me when you find out that a 23 month old would have lived if she had just been given antibiotics and some tylenol. That a teenager with diabetes woud have lived if she had just been properly diagnosed and put on a diet and given insulin shots.
Here are a some various cases where parents have been charged for their children's death.
SO what do you ladies think.....Do states have the right to prosecute and enforce laws that make it illegal for parents to refuse medical care for children especially those that are obviously sick and do judges have the right to intervene and order medical care.
Or do you think that freedom of religion bypasses the states right to come into a home and protect a childs welfare and health.