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by Shannon Halligan


When your child is sick, you trust the doctor to know what to do. But what happens if you disagree with the treatment? A Kansas City mom is in the middle of a court fight over her son’s health, and her case spurred a local lawmaker to take action. Michelle Rider had a hearing in Chicago on Tuesday, and after nine months she’s still fighting for her son. Isaiah Rider is now 17 years old. He’s a legal adult in Missouri, yet he’s in custody of the state of Illinois.

“These are our children. If they’re not getting help we should have the right to a second opinion without fear or without our child being taken from us,” Michelle Rider said.

Missouri State Rep. Kenneth Wilson agrees with Michelle. That’s why he filed a bill he called “Isaiah’s Law.”

Rep. Wilson from Smithville said,

“Parents have a right to make sure their child is receiving the medical care that they deem necessary, and a second opinion? Why is that an issue?”

The bill would protect a guardian from charges of abuse or neglect if they seek another opinion by a licensed health provider and the parent follows that prescribed treatment.

“I wouldn’t think you would have to pass legislation to make sure a parent’s rights are supreme, but apparently we do,” said Wilson.

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