AAP: Religious beliefs shouldn't hinder children from getting appropriate care

10/28/2013 | Reuters

Parents hold the right to consider the pros and cons of potential medical treatments for their children, but doctors should intervene if the parents' decisions rise to a level of medical neglect and abuse, the AAP's Committee on Bioethics said. In the policy statement published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, the committee recommended that states repeal any exemptions to child abuse and neglect laws and that public medical funds should not be allotted to religious or spiritual healing.

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