Parent or Felon
May 21, 2009 by admncc
I don’t know how many of you have been following the story of Colleen and Daniel Hauser…
Colleen is Daniel’s mother. Daniel is a 13-year-old Minnesota boy who, according to reports, has a treatable form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Anyway, because Colleen sides with a religious group called the Nemenhah Band, who believes in natural healing methods, the two have fled following a court ordered doctor’s appointment and X-ray of the boy’s tumor. They are trying to avoid court ordered chemotherapy. The mother has since been placed in contempt of court and an arrest warrant was issued for “deprivation of parental rights.”
This entire situation is difficult for me to accept, and frankly, it has nothing to do with religion. It’s about being a parent…
When I’m discussing news stories, I always do a lot of research beforehand. It’s interesting. I found stories and blogs suggesting that Colleen was everything from a hero to a disgrace. But many clung onto the fact that she was just a mother. That’s my point exactly – although I’ll bet in a slightly different light.
I’m not debating religious beliefs. What I am saying is that if you’re a parent and your child has cancer, you need to be listening to what the doctors are saying. It’s not an automatic death sentence like it used to be. Oh, and regarding the religious argument, how many people from around the world, regardless of sex, race and religion, fly into to be treated at the Cleveland Clinic every year? But yet, this woman runs from the police and the court?
Strangely, the boy is in full support of his mother’s actions. He had recently told a judge that he would he “fight” and “punch” anyone who tried to force him to attend chemotherapy treatments. Why?
Running from a court order is not the answer. Some may say that the court shouldn’t have gotten involved, but we know that’s going to happen when medical treatment, parental rights and watchdog groups are involved. My point is that the mother should realize that conventional medicine could possibly cure her son. All she has done now is ensured herself a ticket to prison, ensure that her son will be placed under foster care and possibly put her son’s health in further danger. I question how any parent could do that…