Challenging Parental Decisions to Overtreat Children
Albany Law School
Health Matrix, Vol. 5, p. 311, 1995
Concerns about undertreatment have dominated the discussions about parents’ medical decisions on behalf of their children. For example, a parent’s refusal to consent to lifesaving treatment for a severely handicapped newborn has been characterized as child abuse or neglect. A very different question, raised more recently, is whether parental decisions demanding overtreatment for children should also be classified as child abuse and, therefore, constitute a basis to displace parental authority over those decisions. This article explores some of the issues raised by cases of overtreatment and the implications of superseding parental control.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 13
Keywords: Parents medical decisions, undertreatment; overtreatment
Date posted: March 11, 2010