Forced Childhood Vaccination

With the current measles outbreak in our country, I started to wonder if the government should force parents to vaccinate their children for the safety of the child and the general public.

While it may sound radical, forcing medical treatments against the parent’s wishes is not without precedent.

In 2015, a Hartford, Connecticut, teenager was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  With treatment her chances of recovery would be 85%; however, without treatment the condition is 100% lethal within two years.

Her parents rejected conventional treatments, so the state stepped in and forced the child to receive chemotherapy.  She survived and is now in remission (1).

Members of the Jehovah’s Witness church will refuse blood transfusions for religious reasons.  However, the state has forced the parents to allow their children to receive transfusions in emergency situations.

What about the parent’s rights to raise their children as they wish?  The courts have already made a determination on this issue.

  • Courts throughout the western world recognize that parents have rights but additionally recognize that these rights are not absolute and exist only to promote the welfare of children.  Prince v Massachusetts12 set out the reigning legal principle:  Parents may be free to become martyrs themselves. But it does not follow that they are free, in identical circumstances, to make martyrs of their children (2).

What are your thoughts on this matter?  Should parents be forced to have their children vaccinated?

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Sources:
  1.  www.cbsnews.com/news/teen-cancer-patient-forced-to-have-chemotherapy-in-remission
  2. adc.bmj.com/content/90/7/715

Blogging & Tweeting Without Getting Sued

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I was searching for books about blogging on Amazon when I found Blogging & Tweeting Without Getting Sued by Mark Pearson.  I was intrigued by the title and decided to read the  book.

Here are a few important points to keep in mind when blogging:

  • Criminal and civil laws apply to bloggers and bloggers are treated the same as media companies as far as the law is concerned
  • You should never forward or repost material that you have not reviewed and verified
  • Libelous material may be defended if it is in the public interest, but this is a hard point to prove and any signs of malice will destroy your defense
  • Think about the consequences before posting a negative blog about an individual or a company
  • Anonymity is not guaranteed on the internet
  • Blogging any confidential information about other people is illegal

Terrified of Failing


Having Gwen in my home is the greatest blessings I could ever receive.  It is also the biggest responsibility I’ve ever had and the most important thing in which I have ever been entrusted.  At times, I am literally terrified of failing as Gwen’s guardian.

  • What if I fail to warn her of all the dangers in the world?
  • What if I fail to teach her the skills she will need to be a functioning adult?
  • What if I fail to protect her from harm or from the evil of this world?
  • What if I fail to provide for all her needs:  physical, emotional, spiritual, and educational.
  • What if my desire to shield her from all harm and struggles actually prevents her form developing the strength she will need to survive when I am gone?

I am determined to do what is best for Gwen, but I am still terrified that I might fail.