Pro-choice supporters, those in favor of abortion make the argument that a woman should be able to do whatever she wants with “her body,” which they say includes aborting an unborn baby, which is fallacious reasoning. This logic of a woman being able to do whatever she wants to with “her body” however was not applied in the case of a teenager (17 at the time now 18) who was forced by the government to undergo chemotherapy to treat her Hodgkin Lymphoma, a decision that neither her mother or herself was in favor of.
Fox News reports: “A teenager who was forced by the courts to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer says a new mass has been found in her lungs. Cassandra Callender, of Windsor Locks, disclosed the news Saturday on her Facebook page, posting an image of a CT scan dated Friday. ‘This is the mass that is now inside of my lung,’ she wrote. ‘I’ve known about this for a while, but it’s been hard going public with it. But this is why I fought so hard against chemotherapy. I am so sick of being treated like number and how everything is based off of statistics. I am a patient not a number.’ Callender, who at 18 is now legally old enough to make her own treatment decisions, told The Associated Press in a text message Monday that she is ‘moving forward with alternative treatments…’ Callender and her mother initially refused the chemotherapy, saying they wanted to explore more natural alternative treatments.
The state Department of Children and Families stepped in and a Juvenile Court judge removed her from her home, placed her under guard in the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and ordered her to undergo chemo. Her case went to the state Supreme Court, which ruled in January 2015 that Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families wasn’t violating her rights.”1
Of course at the time Cassandra was a minor, however, her mother, her legal guardian, opted for an alternative method of fighting the cancer as well and rejected the chemotherapy. It is incomprehensible that neither Cassandra nor her mother had a choice in the matter, and that her mother’s wishes were not respected. Although a singular case, this is a foreshadow of more aggressive legislation to supposedly protect the health of children which could become a reality in the near future as there is much agitation upon the subject, such as forced vaccinations or even forcing children to partake of a certain diet. Additionally, there have been not a few cases wherein children were removed from their parents’ custody because the parents refused to treat them conventionally and opted to treat them naturally. That is not neglect, it is called personal choice and right to privacy.
It would somewhat, not all-together, be understandable if the mother and daughter decided to do nothing about the cancer, but that was not the case, they were seeking a natural-method of treating the disease. While alternative, natural treatment options exist for the treatment of cancer, the court ruled that she legally had to take chemotherapy which is a blatant denial of the founding principles of the United States’ Constitution.
It is evident that individual or natural rights, which were given by God, are being withheld or granted at the sole discretion of the government, which has absolutely no authority whatsoever to decide for individuals. To withhold a person’s freedom of choice in one area is to deny it in every other area which lends itself to more overt tyranny. We are living in a time when our country is on a fast track to repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government.