Bitter pills: Parents have their children taken away for refusing to subject them to mainstream medical treatments

Parents have plenty of rights, but choosing their child’s medical treatment doesn’t always seem to be one of them – especially when doctors, social workers and the courts take a different view. Mark Whittaker looks into the disturbing issue of forced medicine.

The doctor examined the smattering of sores on the 14- month-old girl. “Some of these chicken pox are infected,” he said. “We’re going to have to give her an intravenous antibiotic.”

“That sounds a bit extreme,” the mother, Melissa*, said.

The baby’s father’s family had a history of bad reactions to antibiotics. “Can we try something topical first?”

“No. It needs to be intravenous. She’s really bad.”

Signs of the Times


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