Friday, May 15, 2009

Judge rules family can't refuse chemo for boy

This is a sad story. Perhaps there is another side to it, but as far as I can tell this is all about parents rights and freedom to raise our children as we see best. Every parent has different views about what is "right", and no one should be able to take those away. The parents are not killing their son, their son has a natural disease. It is very sad but true, and the decision of how/if to treat his disease should be left up to the family. It reminds me of a quote I read a long time ago:

"In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then... they came for me... And by that time there was no one left to speak up."

-Pastor Martin Niemöller
I may not agree with the choices of this family, but I do believe that they should have a right to make them.

1 comment:

  1. That is a sad story. Living in America comes with many ups and downs, our freedom to do as we see fit is one of the ups. It is a shame that it is being challenged here.