Abraham's Law Passes In House

February 5, 2007

The House of Delegates passed "Abraham's Law" Monday. The bill would give parents more say in how their children are medically treated if they are seriously ill.

The bill passed 87-9. A similar bill passed in the Senate on Friday. The bill is named after Abraham Cherrix who battled in court last year to forgo chemotherapy to treat his Hodgkin's disease and won.

The bill would allow parents to refuse certain medical treatment and not face charges of neglect on four conditions.

The parents and the child must make the decision jointly. The child must be sufficiently mature enough to have an opinion on his or her treatment. The family has considered other treatment options. And the parent must believe in good faith that the decision is in the child's best interest.

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