Faith Healing and Children
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This paper contends that the religiously-based denial of providing medical care to minors that results in their injury or death should be criminalized to the fullest extend of the law. It argues that those that refuse to provide their children with necessary and appropriate medicines should be viewed as what they are: cowards who hide behind the First Amendment, gullible fools easily lead by personal testimonials and purposely ignorant of proven science, selfish parents who sacrifice the health and well-being of their children to bolster their own spirituality; criminally negligent child abusers.
From the Paper:"The FDA was formed in response to the spate of deaths caused by untrained persons marketing patent medicines that promised miracle cures for any number of chronic ailments but which were filled with harmful chemicals and compounds. Today, the FDA continues to regulate and perform exhaustive testing on new pharmaceutical drugs and medical procedures, not allowing the public to come in contact with them until their efficacy and safety has been proven satisfactorily. Faith healing should be subject to the same rigid scrutiny. In this author's research for this paper, she was unable to find a single accredited study enumerating the magical healing powers of prayer. She did find, however, countless studies regarding the efficacy of insulin and dialysis treatment in diabetes, and even more regarding the almost invariable successes of treating pneumonia with an antibiotic. "
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- Cornell Law School. Legal Information Institute, n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2010.
- Prince v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 321 U.S. 158. Findlaw.com, Thomson Reuter, 2010. Web. 24 Apr. 2010.
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