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Review for Childrens Healthcare Is A Legal Duty Inc, Lexington, KY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

CHILD is an advocacy organization that works to eliminate religious exemptions to child protections. Most of us would never dream of denying our children all medical treatment, everything from noninvasive hearing/vision tests, to pain relief (even aspirin), to lifesaving insulin for type I diabetes. But some churches have successfully lobbied to exempt religious parents from providing such common-sense care.

CHILD documents how such exemptions have led to children being permanently harmed or killed for lack of treatment. These cases are tragedies for parents as well as for children. Most parents are not scofflaws and wish to do what the law requires. Also, these exemptions falsely give the impression that our government believes faith healing to be just as good as standard care. Children of all religions deserve to survive their childhoods so that they can make decisions for themselves.

CHILD has made a positive difference for many children through education, legal action, lobbying, and research. As far as I'm aware, CHILD is the only organization dedicated to this issue.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Everyone who met me when I was a child knew that I had a physical problem. This physical problem could easily have been fixed, but no one tried to help me because they wrongly believed that the state allowed parents to deny children medical care. My parents did what their church advised them to do. Now my problem cannot be fixed and I am permanently disabled. I am glad that CHILD now exists to help protect children from religiously motivated neglect.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a higher profile

Role:  Donor & I met others harmed by religious exemptions, I spoke publicly about the need to protect children.