Religion: Matters of Faith and Death

Courts move against parents who deny children medical care

Slumped in a chair, twelve-year-old her face Pamela Hamil with ton of La Follette, Tenn., asked a state judge to grant a seemingly suicidal wish: not to have medical treatment for her rare form of bone cancer. Doctors had testified that without chemotherapy and radiation treatment she would die within months. But Pamela's father Larry is a minister in the Church of God of the Union Assembly, a fundamentalist sect that does not permit its members to seek medical treatment and counsels them to...

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