State Supreme Court’s decision in teen’s chemotherapy case

John Thomas

John Thomas, a health law professor, is available to comment on today's state Supreme Court's decision that the state can force a 17-year-old Connecticut resident to undergo chemotherapy for her Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"This case presents the classic conflict among a state's interest in protecting the health and lives of its citizenry, a parent's right to make decisions about his or her child's health care treatment, and a mature, but still minor child's right to make her own decisions," Thomas said. "The Connecticut Supreme Court's decision places the state in the majority position in the United States, but leaves a complex and sensitive issue to the General Assembly for further consideration."

If you're interested in speaking to Thomas, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449.

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