[quote]I AM wrote:
I don’t want to bust any bubbles, but I think it is the right of parents to refuse medical treatment on religious grounds though state social service agencies can intervene.
Child neglect is usually defined an as a chronic pattern of miscare. If this was an isolated incident then I would be surprised if they were charged with abuse or neglect.
Just for clarification, the parents are on record as saying they are not (or at least, do not consider themselves) more religious than any normal family, and they’ve never had anything against doctors. They just felt that praying might work.
But it’s a good point to bring up. I don’t think religious grounds are enough because it’s the kid’s body, the kid’s sickness, so shouldn’t she have had the right to make that decision for herself?
(As far as the charges go, the way I understood it, they’re being sued for child abuse but there are many who believe the prosecution has nothing because of the religion claim.)[/quote]
The bottom line is this. You cannot commit acts of terrors, violence, harm, bestiality, or neglect and then claim a religious defense. That is bullshit.
No I do not think the government should have intervened, but the parents must be held accountable for there child’s death because their inaction caused it. They are culpable, hell even the “incest dad” got his kid/grandkid medical attention.