March 21, 2007
Wednesday Governor Kaine signed legislation that would give parents and children more say in how a child is medically treated.
The bill is named after Starchild Abraham Cherrix. A teen who won a court battle to treat his lymphatic cancer with alternative medicines instead of chemotherapy.
Under the bill children 14 and older, jointly with their parents, can make the decision to refuse medical treatment, provided that the child has sufficient maturity and that all treatment options have been considered.
"I believe this measure strikes the appropriate balance between the rights of parents and a mature child to make informed medical decisions, and the responsibility of the state to protect the health and safety of children" said Kaine.