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Pithlet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-25-06 11:28 PM
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204. A 16 year old should definitely have more say
than someone half their age, and in cases that aren't so black and white, I'd agree. But, this is one of those cases where outcome is more predictable. It's tried and true medicine that will likely save his life vs. snake oil that has no proven effect whatsoever. His form of cancer is very treatable. His chances of survival with medical treatment are very good. To refuse that is almost certainly a death sentence, and I think 16 is far too young to make that kind of a decision. I only favor such drastic measures as state interference for cases like this. There is all kinds of precedence for this kind of interference; it just doesn't always make sensational news. For whatever reason, sometimes parents refuse life saving medical treatment, and medical personnel will call on the state to step in and intervene on behalf of the child.
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