Saturday, August 19, 2006

Abraham's Law

Virginia Beach legislator, John Welch, wants to draft a law so that no other parent will have to go through what the Cherrix family did with their son, Abraham. The sixteen year old is battling Hodgkins Lymphoma. The bill dubbed "Abrahams Law" would,

exempt terminally ill patients from any type of government intrusion

"No one should have any decision over that child but the parent again if there is no neglect no abuse, what makes us as a state be the ultimate parent," said Republican John Welch from District 21 in Virginia Beach.

If that's true (and I believe it is) then why only limit it to terminally ill patients? I guess if your going to die anyway the government is willing to back off. But if there's any shot that you may live, the government is allowed to push their way in and deny your freedom to choose for yourself. Where does the state get the authority to intrude at all?

Chesterton said it best,

The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog." - Broadcast talk 6-11-35
For the medically minded, Respectful Insolence has more on the doctor and the center that will be treating Abraham.

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