Disputes between State and Religion over Medical Treatment for Minors

  title={Disputes between State and Religion over Medical Treatment for Minors},
  author={Christopher Herrera},
  journal={Journal of Church and State},
  • C. Herrera
  • Published 1 October 2005
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Church and State
Thankfully, they are not everyday occurrences, but the controversies that arise when parents try to deny their children medical treatment, on religious grounds, are newsworthy enough that perhaps few people are surprised to learn that yet another instance has taken place. The most familiar conflicts involve families affiliated with Amish, Christian Science, and Jehovah's Witness religions, although the refusal of pediatric medicine can of course occur within any outlook or denomination.1 The… 

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