Connecticut court to hear case of teen refusing chemotherapy

January 7, 2015 5:25 AM

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When a 17-year-old girl refused medical treatment for cancer and her mother agreed with her decision, state officials took custody of her and forced her to undergo what they called life-saving chemotherapy.

The Connecticut Supreme Court will review that series of events under an emergency appeal filed by lawyers for the girl and her mother, taking up an issue decided by several other states — whether some minors are mature enough to make decisions about their own bodies.

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