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Health, abuse and freedom


As a holistic wellness counselor, I can relate a little to a parent’s desire to make his or her own decisions about a child’s health (“Idaho protects the rights of faith healers. Should it?HCN, 2/19/18). But how, in any sane universe, is it not child abuse to withhold medical care and allow a child to suffer and die? I don’t see this as religious freedom. If we have a responsibility to report child abuse and remove a child from abusive parental care, it’s insanity for Idaho to allow this. Or do they also allow physical child abuse in the name of “discipline”?

Novella Maia
Lyons, Colorado