In the U.K., Children Can't Just Say No
Hastings Center Report. 1993 Mar-Apr; 23(2): 20-21.
Although children in England do not reach majority until at least the age of eighteen, the law has for almost twenty-five years been moving toward empowering even quite young children in the arena of health care. As a result, children of sixteen or seventeen, and even some under the age of sixteen, have been treated as adults vis-a-vis medical care. All this may have changed, however, as the result of a recent decision regarding the absence of legal right of a sixteen-year-old suffering from anorexia to refuse one form of medical treatment while consenting to another.
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