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Parental Refusals of Medical Treatment: The Harm Principle as Threshold for State Intervention
Minors are generally considered incompetent to provide legally binding decisions regarding their health care, and parents or guardians are empowered to make those decisions on their behalf. Parental authority is not ...
Child Welfare Versus Parental Autonomy: Medical Ethics, the Law, and Faith-Based Healing
Over the past three decades more than 200 children have died in the U.S. of treatable illnesses as a result of their parents relying on spiritual healing rather than conventional medical treatment. Thirty-nine states ...