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In yet another attempt to show that he knows what’s best, Uncle Sam is now giving medical orders.
16-year-old Abraham Cherrix, of Chincoteague, Va., suffers from Hodgkin’s Disease. He doesn’t want to pursue chemo treatments, and with the support of his parents is pursuing alternative medicines.
But a social worker has intervened, with the help of Judge Jesse Demps of Accomack County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, to mandate that Abraham go to the local hospital to receive “whatever treatment the hospital recommends”. Oh. How nice. And if they don’t comply, they’ll come in and take Abraham by force, a la Elian Gonzalez.
Smells to me like socialism.
Those in favor of the court’s decision in this matter argue that a 16 year old is not old enough to make these types of decisions for him or herself. Interesting, considering that those people are the ones who will also argue that a 16 year old is old enough to go through with an abortion without any parental consent…
[UPDATE: A judge from the Accomack County Circuit Court (higher up than the moronic judge who issued the original order) has suspended the other judge’s order