Colleen Hauser is a criminal
May 22, 2009
Parents have rights to raise their children as they see fit. They can decide which church or school the children go to, what prayers they learn, what they wear, what books they read or movies they see.
When cases involving parental treatment refusals come to court, it should only be to establish the facts. Courts confirm the diagnosis, affirm that effective treatment is available and that non-treatment will cause imminent harm, and step in to protect the child.
Given the uncontroversial nature of these claims, and the widespread societal consensus supporting them, it is surprising that cases of parental medical neglect are newsworthy and even controversial. They should be no more controversial than other illegal acts.
Colleen Hauser is a criminal. If her son Daniel dies as a result of her reckless negligence, she should be charged with manslaughter.
Parental rights, ethics and the Hauser case, Minnesota Public Radio, May 22
Faith, medicine at odds in chemo refusal, USA Today, May 21
Parents' Rights, Judges' Rules, Newsweek, May 19