The concept of liberty at the core means that individuals own themselves body and mind. When the state intrudes upon that fundamental right there is no liberty, only license. Statists don’t believe in the concept of liberty. They believe that the state has the right to control individuals both body and mind. Statists think that they own you.
That’s exactly what the statists in the State of Connecticut think. Right now they’re forcing a 17-year old girl to undergo chemotherapy treatments against her will and against the will of her parent. The state insists that they have no right to refuse.
The girl was diagnosed last September with Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. Doctors at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) recommended she receive chemotherapy. She refused. Her mother supported her decision. The hospital called the cops. Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) swooped in.
They think that the State of Connecticut owns her body.
This girl is aware that chemotherapy treatment has the potential to cause her as much or more damage than her cancer. “She knows the long-term effects of having chemo, what it does to your organs, what it does to your body. She may not be able to have children after this because it affects everything in your body. It not only kills cancer, it kills everything in your body,” explains her mom.
The side effects of chemotherapy include nausea, hair loss, vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Never mind that croaked the statists. They took her into the custody of the state against her will. They forced her to endure a course of treatment against her will. Her mother was ordered by the state to cooperate against her will. The girl ran away from home to escape the torment. The statists rounded her up and removed her from her home where she remains in DCF custody. A judge authorized the statists to make all medical decisions on her behalf against her will.
“It’s a question of fundamental constitutional rights-- the right to have a say over what happens to your body-- and the right to say to the government ‘you can’t control what happens to my body,’” insist her attorneys as they undertake to appeal the statist rulings. “The Supreme Court of the state has never ruled on this issue, the Supreme Court of the United States has not ruled on this issue. So it’s very significant not just for our client, and for the minor child, but for the law in general,” they explain.
If this can happen to her in the United States of America, it can happen to you. We either own ourselves or we’re owned by the state. As of right now ... the state owns her body.