It is official. You do not own your body. You can be told where to smoke. You are told what drugs are prohibited. Some politicians are trying to tell you what foods to eat. If all this weren’t bad enough, a judgeyesterday that you can be forced to undergo medical treatment you might otherwise decline.
A week ago, I talked a little about Abraham Cherrix. Abraham has cancer and had opted for alternative therapy. The omnipotent state stepped in, awarded joint custody to itself and ordered that the young man submit to tests. Friday’s decision goes further and orders that the young man receive the treatment his doctor wishes to administer. Some people thought that I was a granola eating nut job when I first brought the issue to HoT. They must have skimmed over the part of my last piece that said that the young man’s alternative therapy had not been proven efficacious. Some people missed the point that this young man and his family should be left alone to pursue health in whatever manner they choose- this is not the state’s business.
I am now wondering what other kinds of court orders might come down to save us from ourselves. Married couple required to use condoms because she is a genetic carrier for NF. Forced HPV vaccinations for anyone who is sexually active? Forced workouts for anybody more than 20 pounds overweight? It’s coming. And when it arrives in full force, you can kick your own ass for dismissing libertarians’ slippery slope comments.