January 26, 2007
Abraham's Law, a bill that would give families more say in how their children are medically treated, passed the Committee of Rehabilitation and Social Services on an 8-5 vote.
The bill is named for Starchild Abraham Cherrix, a 16-year-old who won a court battle last summer to forgo chemotherapy to treat his Hodgkins disease, a cancer of the lymphaitic system.
Senator Nick Rerras, R-Norfolk and the bill's sponsor, said "this is a small step compromise to help families, and look at
how much opposition there was, even to just give a limited number
of parents a chance to make the choice that they feel is best for
their children and young adults."
Rerras said that he expects a challenge when bill goes before the full Senate. A similar bill in the House has yet to be considered by a committee.