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Monday, September 04, 2006

A case for parental rights

This is what government provided/mandated health care will get you.

"A 15-year-old Jehovah's Witness with Crohn's disease will be back in court this week seeking to control her own medical treatment and refuse blood transfusions. "

Now I have lots of disagreements with the Jehovah's Witness' - all of the doctrinally based. However, this is one place where I will stand side by side with the girl's parents.

"The case began last April when the teen, then 14, went to hospital during a flare-up of her Crohn's, a chronic illness that can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract. When she and her parents refused a transfusion, a Court of Queen's Bench justice granted Child and Family Services an order allowing doctors to give blood transfusions or blood products "as they deem medically necessary" without the consent of the teen or her parents." (emphasis mine)

Where does the government get off telling a patient what treatment she must accept? Where does the government get off telling a parent what treatment their child can and can not have? And what happened to a woman's right to choose what medical treatments she has? I mean a medical proceedure IS a medical proceedure..right? Where does the government get off telling a woman what she can do WITH HER BODY?????

I looked up
Crohn's disease just to make certain that this is not a life or death type treatment that this family is turning down and it does not appear to be that way. According to the NIH, the main treatments for Crohn's diease is anti-inflammatory drugs and immunosuppressants coupled with nutritional suppliments to make up for what is not being absorbed in the intestines. The NIH site says that anemia is often a side effect of the disease, so maybe that is what they are treating.

Which makes the case all the more troubling. It is also what makes it all the more important that we do not sign away our rights as parents in the name of "universal health care". Universal health care is what led the parents of this child to this point. They (and their daughter) are not willing to give up their rights as individuals in order to placate some bureaucracy that feels that they "know better".

This is just one more reason why this election is so important. Whether it is on the state or the national level, Democrats want to usurp your rights as individuals because they feel that they "know better". Whether it is health care (the Dems want universal health care) or higher taxes or school choice, the Democrats feel that they know better than you. They can spend your money more wisely than you, can educate your children better than you, they know what medical treatments are "in your best interests". Are YOU willing to give up your rights as an individual? Are you willing to let Big Brother government run your life for you? I know I'M not!


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