Parents Jailed for Ignoring Son’s Lethal Meningitis, Trying Natural Remedies Instead

Jun 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm |
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Parental Rights?

No parent should have to bury their child, especially when we have the tools and medicine to fight many of the diseases children may face or contract.

And yet time and again, we hear arguments for natural remedies from parents who distrust science and medicine and prefer to raise their children the way they see fit. Of course, parents have their rights: rights to choose how their kids should be brought up and whether or not they should be subjected to modern medicine and vaccines. But is it a “parental right” to let your child die?

Two parents in Alberta, Canada are now facing jail time for denying their son’s right to live when they ignored his meningitis back in 2012, choosing to treat him with natural home remedies instead. The 18-month-old boy, Ezekiel, died from complications.

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Source: Facebook/ Prayers for Ezekiel

The judge called them “willfully blind.”

The judge reproached David and Collet Stephan, calling them “willfully blind.” This type of tragedy shouldn’t happen in 2016.

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