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Young Cancer Patient Spurs Debate Over Parents’ Rights

The Associated Press reports on a case of a 10-year-old cancer patient’s treatment course raising questions on the place of parental consent in treatment option decisions. As members of the Amish community, Sarah’s parents have decided to stop the chemotherapy treatment, instead turning to, “natural medicines.” The case has spurred debate regarding the limits of “parents’ rights” in decided treatment. In July, a judge in Medina County ruled that the girl’s parents had the right to make medical decisions for her. But after they stopped chemotherapy, Sarah became very ill and an appeal was made to consider assigning Sarah a medical guardian. A decision has yet to be made but policy makers urge parents and health care providers to be “on the same page,” in order to improve outcomes for children.

Read the article published by the Associated Press.