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Court forces chemo on eight-year-old Minnesota girl despite family’s desire to use alternative medicine

from naturalnews.com: Where once it was rare for courts of law to invade the privacy and purview of parents when it came to raising their children, in today's America the wall between parental rights and the state's Leviathan is increasingly being dismantled by activists disguised as public servants. Karen Parisian of Minnetonka, Minn., told a local television station during a recent interview that her cancer-stricken eight-year-old daughter, Sarah, was having a lot of difficulties following a single cycle of chemotherapy. Besides the standard hair loss, Sarah lost weight and suffered from nausea and a sore throat. "The week that we were to start chemo she was sleeping 22 hours a day," her mother told WCCO-TV. Because of the chemo's negative effects, Sarah's family wanted her to forego further treatments. Instead, they wanted to use alternative medicine techniques because a) they know alternative medicine; and b) it was their choice to make. Or so they thought. "She is very sick from the standard treatment so we wanted to explore and option of modifying the treatment so that it would be more appropriate for Sarah," said Karen Parisian.  The Parisians feared the side-effects of the treatments, but doctors felt like every day Sarah did not get chemo was a risk, so they notified child protective services, who then went to court.  "So in order to modify her treatment, we had to go in front of a judge and fortunately we seem to be working this out," she said.  But the order to appear in court came with an onerous caveat: if the Parisians failed to show up and work with the court on a treatment plan, they could lose custody of Sarah.  "As parents, you don't have the right to choose the kind of treatment you want your child to have," a flabbergasted and exasperated Karen Parisian said.

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