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Parental Rights vs. Protecting Sick Kids

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Parental Rights vs. Protecting Sick Kids

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Parental Rights vs. Protecting Sick Kids

Parental Rights vs. Protecting Sick Kids

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A Seattle mother faces kidnapping charges for going into hiding with her seriously ill child to avoid court-ordered surgery; she preferred an alternative, nontraditional treatment.

Her case, and others like it across the nation, highlight a growing tension between protecting sick children and assuring the rights of parents to treat their childrens' illness as they see fit.