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12/21/2011 3:38:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Michigan: Victory! Michigan parents win medical decision-making case

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The Probate Court of Marquette County has granted HSLDA's motion to
dismiss the prosecution of Ken and Erin Stieler for medical neglect.
The Stielers had refused to continue chemotherapy for their son,
Jacob, after surgery and the first phase of treatment resulted in
clear PET scans. Circuit court judge Thomas Solka ruled today that the
family had not neglected their son by refusing to continue with
additional rounds of chemotherapy. He recognized that the parents were
behaving reasonably by weighing the less-than-certain chance of cure
with the risks of very serious side effects. He also placed reliance
on HSLDA's argument that three of the five chemotherapy drugs had not
been FDA-approved as safe and effective for pediatric sarcoma.

(Read the decision here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13187)

HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris appeared in the Marquette, Michigan,
courtroom last week to argue the motion to dismiss.

The State of Michigan does have the option of appealing this decision.
Please join us in praising God for this important victory for parents
and families! Also, continue to pray for Jacob, his parents, and for
HSLDA's continued ability defend parental rights.

Blessings to you all,

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, HSLDA.


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