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cover of Parental Rights in Children's Medical Care - Where Is Our Freedom to Say No? A Look at the Injustice of the American Medical System by Shirley Cheng, Blind and Physically Disabled Award-Winning Author

Parental Rights in Children's Medical Care - Where Is Our FREEDOM to Say No?

A Look at the Injustice of the American Medical System

When doctors ask yes or no, can parents say no?

What is a more frightening nightmare for parents than their children's illness? It is the fear of losing custody of their children.

In America, parents risk losing custody of their children forever when they disagree with doctors' recommended treatments or even when they want a second opinion. The Werneckes in 2005, Corissa Mueller in 2002, Tina Phifer in 1997, and a slew of other parents, said no to doctors and lost their children.

Being a victim and survivor of this injustice, Shirley Cheng advocates parental rights in children's medical care to help today's loving parents protect and keep custody of the children of our future. Her mother Juliet Cheng had battled and won two custody cases after disagreeing with doctors' recommended treatments--treatments that would have ended her young life. The 1990 case made international headlines and gained support from celebrities such as Katharine Hepburn and Taiwan's former first lady Soong May-ling.

With this book, Shirley hopes to bring awareness to the public of this issue and inform parents of the legal consequences if they disagree with doctors' recommendations, and above all, to put an end to this crime against humanity.

This advocacy book poses these important questions, among others:

• Do Doctors Really Know best?
• Why do doctors ask yes or no when parents must say yes?
• Why are parents guilty until proven innocent?
• State vs. parents-who loves children the most?
• Does the state prosecute parents justly?
• Who is responsible for children's accidents?
• Knowledge vs. love-which ingredient is most important in children's care?

"A noble writer and fighter for freedom… Readers will not be the same after reading Cheng's passionate words." -Christina Francine, Midwest Book Reviews

ISBN: 978-0-6151-4994-3; trade paperback, 160 pages


About the Author

Shirley Cheng (b. 1983), a blind and physically disabled award-winning author (with twenty awards, including nine Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Awards), motivational speaker, self-empowerment expert, poet, author of nine books, contributor to seventeen, and a parental rights advocate, has had severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since infancy. Owing to years of hospitalization, she received no education until age eleven. However, after only about 180 days of special education in elementary school, she mastered grade level in all areas and entered a regular sixth grade class in middle school. Unfortunately, Shirley lost her eyesight at the age of seventeen. After a successful eye surgery, she hopes to earn multiple science doctorates from Harvard University.

Shirley is available for interviews, speaking engagements, book signings, and inspirational events.

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