By now you’ve probably heard about the case of 13-year-old Daniel Hauser. Daniel has Hodgkins lymphoma, a highly treatable form of cancer. He has an excellent prognosis…if he receives treatment. Without treatment he will likely die.
Problem is, he doesn’t want to go through chemotherapy, and he and his parents have refused it for religious reasons. When the court decided he had to do it, to save his life, his mom took him and scarpered. For a week they were on the lam, finally returning home yesterday.
Now the parents say they will agree to chemo, presumably so that they will be allowed to keep custody of the boy. Daniel has stated he will physically fight the treatment.
The normally vociferous religious community has been notably silent on this case. How about it, religious community? What do you think? Mostly I want to know what “pro-life” America thinks about Daniel.
This is not a tangent. Hear me out.
If you have pro-life views, you want the government to force women, some as young as Daniel Hauser, to undergo a lengthy, traumatic medical event. It may be painful and it brings about severe side effects, including nausea and vomiting that in some cases occurs all day every day for months. As pregnancy goes on it becomes progressively more uncomfortable and results in bodily changes that may be debilitating. Possible complications may be life-threatening and may result in permanent impairments in some bodily functions. Depending on the difficulty of the pregnancy and the nature of her occupation, the woman may lose her job and suffer severe economic consequences. The pregnancy culminates in childbirth, an extraordinarily painful and dangerous event that may cause permanent damage, may require a major surgical procedure to complete, and may be life-threatening. And the government would force a woman to endure this not for her own benefit, but to enable the embryo to be sheltered and nourished by her body so that it can develop and eventually be born.
So if you’re on that page, it seems to me you must surely believe the government should strap Daniel Hauser in a chair and force him to accept chemotherapy, a lengthy medical trauma with severe side effects (such as nausea and vomiting), for his own benefit, in spite of the religious beliefs of his family.
Or does pro-religion trump pro-life?
In a new and strangely related government-in-your-face twist, the Governor of Minnesota (the very state where Daniel Hauser is being forced to take chemotherapy) has vetoed a bill that would have legalized medical marijuana for terminally ill patients.
So the government can force you to take some drugs, yet deny you the right to take other drugs that alleviate the side effects of the forced drugs.
Thank you, Tim “Super Nanny” Pawlenty.