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Nguyen 1 Caroline Nguyen Meaghan O'Keefe RST 010 November 20, 2015 Short Paper 2: Faith over Medicine There are many cases in which parents and children have refused medical treatment often for religious reasons. At times the parents are fined for vaccination refusal, medical neglect, and “child abuse” because “Faith Healing” is used as a form of medication. In such religious and ethical cases, the government should intervene by balancing autonomy and protecting people. People at the age of 15 are able to make religiously motivated decisions about healthcare and the government should intervene only if the minor is under the age of 15 years. The government should also continue to promote a healthy community even if there are religious families who refuse vaccinations through justified exemptions. “Faith Healing” is using prayer as a form of medication that some religious families believe in rather than hospital treatment like chemotherapy or antibiotics (Ross and Aspinwall). With the First Amendment protecting this right, religious people who are at least the age of 15 should have the right to refuse medical decisions. The First Amendment allows any child the right, as adults, to have and express their opinion; therefore children can freely determine and follow rights of religion by choice. Under some circumstances, the “courts consider the child’s age and maturity and the family’s reasoning in declining treatment” (Moore). As shown in the article “Virginia Teen Fights for Right to Pick Hodgkin’s Treatment,” 16 year old, Abraham Cherrix argued that “he is old enough to make decisions [and that it was his body that he was supposed to take care of]”(Moore). This shows that most children who fall ill, understand what is happening to their bodies. Children have the right as adults to choose what they want to do with
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