In Washington state, the same law that allows transgender teens to take hormones without their parents’ permission and allows pregnant girls to have an abortion without parental consent, also allowed a boy to refuse medical treatment for his leukemia because he was a Jehovah’s Witness. The law is known as the “mature minor doctrine,” though “mature” is always in the eye of the beholder.
Dennis Lindberg was 14 when he told doctors he didn’t want to undergo a blood transfusion that had a good chance of saving his life. A judge eventually gave him the authority to make the final decision about his own care… and Dennis died not long after that.
Reporter Isolde Raftery wrote about Dennis several years ago, and she just published a follow-up story in which she explores whether people involved in his care made the right decision. It may have been what Dennis wanted, but should they have complied?
Colorado School Board Members Who Proposed Revised U.S. History Curriculum Booted in Recall Election
Two years ago, three conservatives won seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education in Colorado, giving them a majority on the five-member board.
With that majority, Ken Witt, Julie Williams, and John Newkirk openly discussed their plans to revise the curriculum for Advanced Placement U.S. History to make sure it was taught “properly.” They said they didn’t want to “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law,” which is the process many famous Americans have used to spearhead change.
Dear LDS Church,
It is amazing how much you’ve changed since my early Mormon upbringing. So many of the teachings have evolved over time.
In 2001, the ACLU filed a lawsuit over a Ten Commandments monument outside the new City Hall building in Grand Junction, Colorado. It was a Christian symbol — everybody knew that — so it had no place on government property.
Knowing that they would likely lose the lawsuit, the city council members decided to put a disclaimer on the monument saying it was “not meant to endorse any particular system of religious belief.” Which is bullshit. They also created a “Cornerstones of Law and Liberty” plaza, retroactively creating a secular context for the monument, so it would be seen alongside other historical markers like the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, and the preamble to the Bill of Rights.
It cost the taxpayers $64,000… and it worked. The lawsuit didn’t go anywhere.
Reford Theobold was the council member (and two-time Mayor) who led this charge, running up the taxpayers’ tab so the Ten Commandments monument could remain outside City Hall.