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Liability when a child dies due to reliance on faith healing
I made a comment in /r/atheism thread the other day that i knew what draw a lot of fire, but i was disappointed that there was very little real discussion. I am curious what the libertarian thread thinks.

Basically there was a case where a young (7M) died because his parents depended on faith healing and didn't take him to the hospital.

First I certainly don't agree with what he did, i would have my kid there in a second. But actually i don't see anything illegal in what he did. For me how ones cares for their child is a parents right, the government should not interfere. This case looks very black and white. where the parents withheld even the most basic medical care but where would you draw the line?

Here are a few things that do occur or could occur.

schools being allowed to give students medicine (including birth control) without parental consent.

What if its consider cruel that i don't give my child add drugs or anti psychotic if he had some mental illness

deciding that my child should have this surgery or that surgery because its what's approved.

I just don't want the government deciding what happens to my children and i don't want the government telling other people how to do it, I'm an atheist and mostly libertarian but i could be wrong. So who i, or us, or the government to tell other people how to live even in extreme cases like this, where do we draw the line?

sislar, r/libertarian 4 Comments [8/10/2018 9:30:12 AM]
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Well I actually do. To an extent of course. And I tell you who the "guvment" is: A lot of specialists and profesionals who work with kids for a living and study their behaviour and psychology and take care of them, again, profesionally. That is why I want it to have a say and in some more extremem cases a right to take your kids away.

8/10/2018 9:58:48 AM


The parents have "rights". The child has rights, too, and the state has an obligation to protect the young ...even from their own parents, the people who are SUPPOSED to take good care of them.

Hopefully, we draw the line at some point before the child dies.
I can't believe I have to explain that to anyone.

8/10/2018 9:59:04 AM

Schools aren’t allowed to give students any medicine whatsoever. I had a friend in high school who had terrible menstrual cramps, putting her in so much pain that she could barely walk. All of the teachers, but especially the women, were sympathetic, but their hands were tied. One kind teacher snuck my friend some Motrin in the bathroom so she could get through the rest of the day in slightly less pain.

So, no, public school personnel aren’t giving kids birth control without parental consent.

8/10/2018 9:59:15 AM

Children... one of the most overlooked minorities... and minorities within minorities. That's a major reason why I oppose cultural relativism.

8/10/2018 11:45:52 AM

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