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