We all know the vaccination debate - some believe the childs health is better without them, some believe all children should, where possible, be vaccinated. We say it is our right as parents to decide this.
But where does this end?
A textbook example would be that of a Jehovah's witness. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Bible prohibits eating blood, and that this includes the storage and transfusion of blood, including in cases of medical emergency. So, if their child was involved in an accident, and desparately needed blood - the bible forbids this. Without the blood, the child will die. Who has the right to decided - the drs, or the parents?
In the United States, many physicians will agree to explore and exhaust all non-blood alternatives in the treatment of children at the request of their legal guardians. However, some state laws require physicians to administer blood-based treatment to minors if it is their professional opinion that it is necessary to prevent immediate death or severe permanent damage.
Do you believe that parents should have unlimited control over their childs medical care, and possibly, their life? This is a really interesting article about a canadian mother and father of sextuplets, who had their parental rights revoked, after refusing to allow drs to give blood to the 4 survivng babies -
Jude's Mummy - In the UK, drs have to apply to a court for permission to treat the child. Which may not be suitable in an emergency situation, I am unsure of the protocal for emergencys. Erskine - I appreiate that, my friends uncle was a Thalidomide baby. I am more steering towards the side of emergency treatment, where we dont have the time to research other options - where we have to act now as death is imminent. H4 - Again, in cases where death is imminent from an existing life threatening condition is a little different. If there really is nothing the drs could do to save the life, then I think everyone would be in agreement that it would be a little more humane not to prolong the patients suffering. But that is a great point, I hadnt thought of.