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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My body, my choice

Ever heard the expression, "My body, my choice"? It is usually associated with a women who is pro-choice. I have already done a post on abortion in the past and do not feel the need to do another at the moment. However, I do want to focus on a choice.

I have been briefly, very briefly, following the story of Cassandra Callender, a 17 year old who has refused cancer treatments after two rounds of chemo.

The last thing I read today was a judge ruling that Cassandra lacked the ability to make the decision, and will be forced to undergo chemo against her will. I found this hopelessly ironic since judges and courts have ruled that if a young teen wants to have an abortion to kill a child, they can do so without parental knowledge or consent (exceptions to this all over of course, but making a general statement).

I further wonder at the logic of forced medical treatment that is admittedly only 80% successful, and even the success can lead to a myriad of other health problems from injecting poison into the body. Plus the possibility of the cancer coming back out of remission.

Imagine if someone was forced to do blood-letting because a judge and medical doctor of the time insisted it was 80% successful. This sounds as effective as the 1940's lobotomies to cure mental illness.... or how about a toxic dose of mercury? (well, they do say it's okay NOW if it's injected into you in a vaccine, so it must be okay...right? It's only a neurotoxin after all).

Or how about heroin? That used to be prescribed by doctors who knew best as well.

I can't really rationalize forced chemo treatment at all. I just sit here and shake my head.

"...professing themselves to be wise, they became fools..."