posted on Jan, 8 2015 @ 10:11 PM
A 17-year old girl in Connecticut does not want chemo to treat her cancer. The mother agrees with her decision.
The State of Connecticut has other plans. A court order was issued by the Connecticut State Supreme Court taking custody of the girl, and forcing
chemo treatments on her.
"Cassandra currently is confined in a room at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, where she is being forced to undergo
chemotherapy, which doctors said would give her an 85 percent chance of survival. Without it, they said there was a near-certainty of death within two
The teen's mother, Jackie Fortin of Windsor Locks, said after the arguments Thursday that she wouldn't allow her daughter to die. The single mother
said she and her daughter just want to seek alternative treatments that don't include putting the "poison" of chemotherapy into her daughter's
"This is her decision and her rights, which is what we are here fighting about," Fortin said. "We should have choices about what to do with our
What are your thoughts? My gut feeling is that the Roe V Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 established that a woman's body is her
body, and that outside forces, especially the State, have no right to tell her what to do with her body.
Here's what the chemo entails:
"Cassandra's treatment resumed Dec. 17, with surgery to install a port in her chest that would be used to administer the drugs.
Chemotherapy began the next day and continues."
Interestingly, Connecticut is one of the states where minors do not need parental permission, nor are doctors required to notify parents, if an
underage teen girl seeks an abortion.
The states welfare agency issued what to me seems like a creepy, Orwellian like statement:
"Child welfare agency officials defended their treatment of Cassandra, saying they have a responsibility to protect the girl's life.
"This is a curable illness, and we will continue to ensure that Cassandra receives the treatment she needs to become a healthy and happy
adult," the agency said in a statement."
So the state's position is to force a 17-year old girl, against her will and her mother's, to have a port installed into her chest to receive chemo
drugs... so the State can ensure
the girl has a happy and healthy life.
This is what it's come to. The State believes it has the legal authority to force a 17-year old to undergo chemo to ensure she has a happy life.
WTF? I thought a woman's body was her body, not the State's?