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Who should have the final say about a child's medical treatment - doctors or parents?
Parents have the right and responsibility to make decisions for their children.
Parents are the ones that will
have to live with the consequences
of a child's medical treatment.
In most jurisdictions around the world, the law provides parents the rights to refuse medical treatment by withholding of consent and withdrawing unwanted treatment on behalf of the child.
The right of parents to make such medical decisions should be protected as an extension of their right to privacy in the context of
private and family life.
holds that children, as the products of their parents' labour and genetic resources, are the property of their parents.
Parents have moral obligations to their children by virtue of giving them
. These moral obligations mean that they also have the responsibility to make decisions on their child's behalf.
Parents' rights are not absolute. The state has the
right to intervene
when there is reason to believe that the parents are not acting in the child's best interest.
It is unethical to abrogate the responsibility of medical decisions to parents.
Parents can continue to be involved in the decision. It is likely that doctors would discuss the matter with them before reaching a conclusion.