Is it okay for a parent to refuse medical treatment for a child? At what point does a parent's right to make a decisions for a child stop, if ever? If the government can make decisions about the health care for a child, how far does this power extend?
Does the age of the child make a difference?
The government decides at what age a child starts to school and how many years a child should go to school or at least through how many grades, for example. The government decides a minimum age at which a child may drive. Is it wrong for a government to order certain medical treatment for a child who is extremely - or even terminally - ill?
The government decides about seatbelts for children.
If a child is missing, we want the government to help find the child.
What about the separation of church and state? How about freedom of religion? If government, medical experts and religious beliefs are at odds, what happens?
Where do we draw the lines? I'm interested in what YOU think.