Should medical decisions regarding children (<18) be made by medical professionals or parents?

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  • DynamicSquid
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    Parents.

    Medical professionals can only give advice.

    Well, unless the child's gonna die in 2 hours...

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    there's gotta be some law that lets doctors have control of vaccinations, anti-vaxxers are gonna get their children killed.
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    I guess so...
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    Violation without consent by the State, Big Bro. Nasty!
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    I'll bet national health overrules whatever consent you're worried about
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    Exactly Big Bro.
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    And no worries.
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    Neither. When a child is capable of communicating its own interests, the child should decide. There's a fairly sappy movie that has an interesting take on the subject known as "My Sister's Keeper."
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    In extreme cases definitely doctors. The problem of parents screwing their kids over medically extends far beyond anti-vaxers. They get a lot of time in the spotlight for various reasons but there are more extreme cases that hit the news occasionally when the media isn't too busy flipping out about some tweet from Trump or some celeberty dating some other celeberty. Things like faith healers, Jehovah's witnesses, Christian scientists, etc. You get the idea. You've all heard the stories.

    One such case is very personal to me from my childhood. Nothing to do with religion but my mother was a complete nutter and my sister is lucky to be alive today. Constant visits to shady back rooms of a local health food store called Zerbos, occasional road trips to all over the damn country for these weird homeopathy conventions... Yeah. Not going to go into details beyond that but definitely I would say in extreme cases (and not necessarily just life-threatening ones) let the professionals take control.
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    There's a fairly sappy movie that has an interesting take on the subject known as "My Sister's Keeper."

    Oh so this is apparently a thing that exists...


    That's good. Always good to know that just when you think humanity can't get any more screwed up something like this comes up. Awesome.

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    mhm