Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wisconsin parents failing to seek medical attention for their 11-year-old daughter, who subsequently died from untreated diabetes, were convicted of second-degree reckless homicide and recently sentenced to 30 days in jail each year for the next 6 years, as well as 10 years’ probation. Prosecutors said that the parents prayed instead of seeking medical treatment, even when their daughter stopped being able to walk or talk. The question of whether states should allow parents to practice only spiritual treatment is not a new one, but the debate has been renewed by this case, with many lawmakers pledging to take a fresh look at laws in this area.
Hat Tip: Elizabeth Ryznar