Spiritual Healing v. Medical Treatment for Children

A Wisconsin couple was sentenced to jail time after they were convicted this week of second-degree reckless homicide after their three year old daughter died from untreated diabetes.  Rather than seeking medical treatment for their daughter, the parents prayed for her and sought spiritual healing for her even as her health declined and she could no longer walk or talk.  Here‘s the news story.

Now this couple is forced to spend 30 nights in jail each year for the next 6 years and their other children are required to be taken to medical checkups periodically.

This begs the question: do you have the right as a parent to determine what type of treatment your children receive – or if they receive treatment at all?  What do you think?  Should a parent be able to decide if their child should only receive spiritual treatment versus medical treatment?

Via Family Law Prof Blog


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