Connecticut Teen Battles Big Government Over Forced Chemotherapy

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You know, it would be even more difficult is there was a 100% proof that if she had a particular care, she would get better. That is not the case in medicine. There are too many variabilities. Some people have gotten better to our surprise. I’ve had patients who got better lot more than I ever dreamed of from a cancer. It isn’t like an absolute that this [cancer] is life and death.

It’s the government to make this decision. That isn’t the case. Of course, there is this idea that individuals should have control, but also the parents. If the child is not old enough, then the parents should be the one to make these decisions. That is the case in many things. Parents should be in charge of the children. The medical care should be the responsibility of the parent.

In this case, if I had to take a vote or do something or be a judge, I would just defer to the 17 year old and maybe somebody in a judicial position could try their very best to make sure the individual had a very good understanding of the pros and cons of it. I think the 17 year old certainly should be allowed to make this decision. When you think of what’s going on today with 15, 16, 17, 18-year-old kids these days, they make a lot of major decisions for themselves, way over and above what is very easy for parents to monitor…

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