Poll of the Day > How old should kids be to consent to medical treatment?

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darkknight109
02/11/19 1:23:11 AM
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There was a story in the news a little while ago about some teenage children of anti-vaxxers who did not ascribe to their parents beliefs and wanted to be vaccinated because of the risks to their own health. In most cases, they were not able to receive vaccinations because they were minors and therefore required their parents' consent.

Do you think that children should be allowed to consent to medical treatment from a certain age even if their parents disapprove? And would this extend to things like sex-change treatments?

Similarly, do you think that children should be allowed to opt out of treatments that their parents have requested, even if they are potentially life-saving?
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02/11/19 2:30:47 AM
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darkknight109 posted...
There was a story in the news a little while ago about some teenage children of anti-vaxxers who did not ascribe to their parents beliefs and wanted to be vaccinated because of the risks to their own health. In most cases, they were not able to receive vaccinations because they were minors and therefore required their parents' consent.

Do you think that children should be allowed to consent to medical treatment from a certain age even if their parents disapprove?


Not across the board, no. There should be no age restrictions for consenting to most vaccines commonly given to children. It really shouldn't be up to anti-vaxxers.

darkknight109 posted...
And would this extend to things like sex-change treatments?


Like I said, not across the board. Still grudgingly yes, but this is a HUGE ethical conundrum. I'd be open to some restrictions on this. It's too important to intervene early to leave it entirely up to the various types of backward, intellectually stunted water-head parents likely to put their foot down on treatment, but their input is too important to making a good diagnosis to completely cut them out of the process.

darkknight109 posted...
do you think that children should be allowed to opt out of treatments that their parents have requested, even if they are potentially life-saving?


Absolutely fucking not. I needed stitches when I was 10, and I would have opted out given the choice because that shit was scarier than what I'd just gone through to get injured in the first place and I had no conception of the necessity of the procedure. 16 is probably old enough to refuse a treatment.
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