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| | Reconciling State vs. Parental Authority
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I considered placing this in one of two other threads, but decided that it could be construed as thread-jacking and therefore elected to start a new thread.
The issue revolves around the inherent conflict between state authority and the legitimacy of state involvement in very personal decisions, versus the authority of parents. Daphne's post about the parents off the 13 year old who are actively refusing chemo treatment for their child triggered the thought.
For the sake of discussion (although I recognize and respect the many shades of gray), let's simplify the position into a simple Yes-No comparison: You either Favor or Oppose intervention by the state into the affairs of minor adults.
Now let's apply that positioning to two different issues: (1) Rights of parents with an adolescent or younger child and health care treatment where failure to treat will almost certainly result in the death of the child, and (2) the entire abortion rights debate, where the minor adult is really minor.
My impression, drawn simply from observation without any scientific polling data, is that the general pattern would be for those who favor the rights of the state to intervene in saving a fetus (Pro-Life) would tend to be against the right of the state to intervene to save the life of a living but minor adult. Similarly, those who are pro-choice on the abortion debate would probably favor the right of the state to intervene to save a living child.
To my way of thinking, those are logically contradictory positions.
If you fall into one of these two camps, how do you reconcile the logical contradiction?
If you don't fall into these two camps, let me know that as well.