Connecticut Girl Demands Freedom To Refuse Chemotherapy

January 7, 2015 7:41 AM

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Freedom to live one’s life as one pleases is paramount to many people, but when it comes to teenagers’ rights things get legally complicated. A girl in her teens is battling Connecticut authorities for her right not to be submitted to chemotherapy. The Connecticut State Supreme Court scheduled a hearing for the case on Jan. 8. The 17-year old teenager, known as Cassandra, fled her parents’ home in November 2014, after going through two chemotherapy treatments. She was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in Sepetember last year.

Presently, she’s in temporary state guardianship and being compelled to endure the treatment she is passionately against according to a statement made by Michael Taylor, who represents the girl’s mom, Jackie Fortin. Taylor relies on pleading for “mature minor doctrine,” already approved in several ...

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