Mike, there’s a case going on in Virginia right now that demonstrates the battle parents are facing. What is that?
It’s the Cherrix case and it’s getting a lot of national media attention. It’s involving a 16-year-old boy, who unfortunately has cancer.
The parents have been charged with medical neglect and a trial is set for next week. Is that right?
That’s right. Abraham Cherrix, 16 years old, has cancer, and the parents are wanting to pursue a respectable but nontraditional form of treatment for this boy. There is no guarantee whatsoever, as I understand it, that the conventional medical treatment will work. And this is simply a choice among difficult alternatives that adults make all the time for themselves. This is not a case where parents are ignoring obvious, clear answers that would save the child’s life. This is a case where there’s a judgment call as to which medical treatment is the best.
Mike, what can parents do to protect themselves?
Well, we need to be prepared to battle not just for one family or another, but for all of us, and I think we need a parents’ rights constitutional amendment. HSLDA’s going to be leading the charge on that. I would encourage families to join HSLDA, to look at our website. We need to put parents’ rights in the black and white of the Constitution.
Amen, and amen. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.