The death of a nearly eight month old boy from untreated pneumonia is setting off a new debate over faith healing. His parents are facing murder charges for failing to get him proper medical attention. Instead they tried to cure him through prayer. Anderson discusses this with Art Caplan, head of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Areva Martin, an attorney and children’s advocate.
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I believe in faith healing and have seen miracles but I also know God honors the physician because Luke who wrote the gospel was a doctor of that day. He followed Paul in his preaching because Paul was bitten by serpents and stoned so God gave him his own personal doctor. God gave us medicine. the miracles I saw in faith healing happened when all medical help was exhausted. My dad was diagnosed with a tumor in the wall of his heart and before surgery it disappeared and was gone after prayer and my dad never needed the surgery.
In the case of the couple whose child died due to their faith, I don't consider it abuse for the parents to refuse medical assistance. Our Constitution dictates we are free to practice whatever religion we choose. However, it says nothing about our children and their rights. Oh wait, isn't there something about "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"? If parents refuse to seek medical assistance when their children's lives are in danger, regardless of their faith, they have no right to children.