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United States still too lenient on “faith healing” parents, say children’s rights advocates

July 7, 2011

[ – Canadian Medical Association Journal online]

Two parents in Oregon [members of the Followers of Christ Church] who refused to seek treatment for their infant daughter’s tumour on religious grounds were recently sentenced to jail time, but advocates for children’s medical rights remain concerned about the leniency the justice system shows to “faith healing” families in some areas of the United States….In May, Oregon’s senate passed a law repealing exemptions in its criminal code that allowed faith healing to be used as a defence in crimes such as homicide and neglect. John Clague, a spokesman for the Christian Science church in Oregon, said he supported the new law… Read story»

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