A Minnesota woman has an arrest warrant issued for her after she took her son and "lit a shuck" outa town rather than show up at a court hearing to determine whether her 13 year old son would be made to take chemotherapy.
According to medical testimony, there is a high degree of probability that the cancer is curable with treatment, and also an indication that without treatment he is at risk of substantial physical harm.
The family claims that they are basing their medical decisions on religious beliefs based on something called the Nemenhah Band, a Missouri-based religious group that believes in natural healing methods advocated by some American Indians. Ironically the founder of this merry band of natural healers spent prison time for fraud related to "natural remedies" he was selling or promoting.
This is an interesting situation. Religious beliefs coming in conflict with the state’s opinion of what is in the best interest of a minor. If this kid were an adult, it probably wouldn’t be an issue, although he has a learning disability…and if it is bad enough it could put him in the disabled category as an adult which would affect his legal abilty to make decisions anyway. But I digress. I feel that for the most part, the government has no right mandating particular treatments etc. for people, but i suspect that i am more in agreement with the judge than i am with the family, based on the fact that the family is unable to present evidence that their method has the ability to cure or effectively treat their son.
What say you?