Keep the State OUT of our Doctor’s offices!

You are not the final decision maker in your or your

family’s lives.  The State is smarter, and better qualified to know what


STRENGTH” (1984, George Orwell).   If you try to make a

contrary decision to the State, you are doomed.  And, Juvenile Court

Judges are supremely qualified to make medical decisions… much better

qualified than a 16-year-old who has already been through treatment that nearly

killed him, and better than the parents of the child.

So you might know that I’m referring to the case of Starchild Abraham

Cherrix.  If you think what I’ve written above is sarcasm, think

again.  This situation is wrong on so many levels it makes me sick. 

We risk losing more of the rights of juveniles, parents, and people in

general.  We see more invasion into our lives by government agencies, the

courts, and legislative bodies.  And most scary about this is that this is

driving us right down the hole of socialized medicine.

As much as we tend to think otherwise, a teenager typically is capable of

making some pretty important decisions on his/her own by age 16… the fact

that we issue driver’s licenses in most states at that age should be sufficient

to support society’s agreement with this statement.  That said, some

decisions, such as the one that Abraham has made, are monumental and perhaps

even unthinkable for many of us.  I have never myself needed to make much

of a life-risking decision about my medical treatment when I’ve already tried

and found it largely unsuccessful and devastating physically.  I cannot

imagine the stress involved on his part in formulating a decision that he could

live with.

Much more can be said about a parent.  We’ve likely all known parents that

we think are not capable of raising children properly, and we’ve all heard

horror stories of physical abuse that makes our collective skin crawl. 

Abraham’s father, however, has decided to be supportive of his son’s

decision.  This choice has been sufficient for social services and courts to

say he is negligent and needs to share responsibility for raising Abraham with

the state.  He raised Abraham up until now, and his son appears to be a

bright, well educated and mature young man.  He has made every effort to

do what is right by his son and assisted him in his treatment program. 

I’ve neither seen nor heard anything that leads me to believe that this man is anything

but selfless and tireless in providing everything his son needs.  There

are thousands of situations each day where parents have to make treatment

choices for their children, and as far as I know, those choices are not

examined for “correctness” by the state.  Why this one? 

Not for the child’s sake, in my opinion.

And if the government can rule over a parent’s decision, where does that role

stop?  I’ve grown up believing that a parent’s decision-making authority

on behalf of a minor is the same as an adult making a decision for

themselves.  If that is so, then the same thinking that says the courts

can tell parents what decisions to make will eventually tell any adult what

they should decide (and think?).  I see

this as nothing more than a subversive attempt to justify the continued

expansion of the role of the courts and agencies, which will both build the Big

Brother mentality and suck our tax dollars down their holes.  I do NOT

want to see government step in and decide my personal medical treatment. 

I am fine with courts stepping in if there is a conflict regarding who is

responsible to decide treatment.  Case in

point, I wish to heaven that “who decides” had been the extent of the Terri

Schiavo case, but the courts and the legislature all had to jump in and try to

make the actual decision about the treatment.  That was wrong, just like

this case is wrong.

So the point here to me becomes, what, if any, role does the government have in

deciding treatment?

First, government should not be deciding on treatment as long as the options

are legal.  To me, that means leaving the country to get treatment

elsewhere is up to me.  Smoking pot to relieve pain is not okay if it’s

illegal to smoke pot, unless it is classified as a controlled substance that

can be prescribed by a doctor. 

Second, refusing treatment should always be an acceptable option.  What

exactly would have happened if Abraham had never gone to the doctor to say he

wasn’t feeling well?  He would have died, and everyone would have said

“that’s too bad”.  But since the doctors have him in their

sights, they want to fill him up with their drugs, which granted may save his

life, but also may kill him.  What if I go to the doctor with a cut on my

arm, and the doctor says I need stitches and antibiotic to help it heal, and I

say, “no way, just bandage it up”.  I may get better with no ill

effects… or I might get an infection and die.  It happens.  It is


die, and if we can help, let’s help, but if people refuse it, we have to let

them go…  The state and medical community have got to abandon their

messiah complexes and provide services as needed, requested, and accepted.

Third, reasonable parents should be allowed to make decisions as needed for

their children without the state stepping in when they cannot convince parents

to change their minds.  As much as the state wants to help everyone, they

cannot, and they need to know their boundaries.  Obviously, blatant

physical abuse needs to be stopped and children should be protected from evil and

sick parents.  Abraham does not have this problem.

Give Abraham and his family the respect they deserve.  This has been a

difficult enough decision without all the additional interference by the


And stay out my doctor’s office. 

About the Author

Mr. Smith is the Publisher of The Conservative Reader. He is Partner/Owner of Ambrosia Web Technology as well as a Systems Architect for Wells Fargo. Art hold a degree in Computer Science from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and is a political blogger at the Des Moines Register. Art's views are purely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Wells Fargo.


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