Court Decision Forcing Chemo on Teen Threatens Civil Liberties

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January 12, 2015—Hello everybody and thank you for tuning in. It wasn’t too long ago that I made some comments about the case in Connecticut where the 17 year-old girl did not want to take chemotherapy for a lymphoma. The doctors were persistent and they took it to court. She actually ran away and they went out and captured her and brought her back. Her mother wants her to do what she wants. Her mother supports her in the decision not to take the chemo.

Medically, it’s a controversial decision. But legally, it’s brought up some controversy. Does she have the right to do this? I certainly lean in that direction. I said if I was the judge, I would allow her to do what she wants. She’s 17 years old and capable of thinking this through.

Anyway, the Supreme Court in Connecticut ruled on this and said that she does not have the right to make this decision. One thing interesting about this case is if you’re 17—in a lot of states this is the case—and you commit a burglary, if you do shoplifting or something else, whatever crime you commit, you can be tried as an adult…