Daniel Hauser has been diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. Daniel and his parents decided they did not want to continue his chemotherapy treatments. Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg ruled that the parents, Colleen and Anthony Hauser, are guilty of “medically neglecting” their son. The government –including the FBI and now Interpol– is currently hunting down Colleen and Daniel Hauser, who appear to be on the run to Mexico for alternative, natural medical treatments. (Thanks to World Net Daily for the background facts. Full story with opinion: here.)
Statement by the Constitution Party of Minnesota
We live in a Constitutional Republic founded on personal freedom and responsibility. The Declaration of Independence focused on rights granted to individuals by our Creator, and the Constitution that formed our government outlined specific limitations on how those rights and freedoms were to be protected. We now have a government that is infringing on those rights and freedoms at every turn. The latest example is the New Ulm, MN court ruling against Colleen Hauser and how she and her family choose to raise their son and receive medical care.
The Constitution Party of Minnesota supports Colleen Hauser in her defiance of this tyranny. She is a true hero and patriot, risking incarceration for the right to raise her family free of government interference.
The issue should not be about the validity of chemotherapy, which has clinical studies paid for by the pharmaceutical companies to prove the efficacy of their claims, or whether the natural remedy chosen by the family is reasonably effective, which has anecdotal support but no clinical studies to prove or disprove its claims because no one is making enough money from them to finance those studies. The issue at stake is government intrusion into the private lives of its citizens, and infringing on their religious beliefs in violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution. The court ruling against the family bases its authority on the assumption that children are property of the state, not the parents, when in reality it is the parents, not the state, that will stand before God to be accountable for how they raised their children.
As Thomas Jefferson predicted, the central government has been quietly encroaching into our lives for generations (under both major parties), picking off our freedoms one by one, mostly unnoticed by the populace, and replacing those freedoms with government “benefits” that soften us for the next level of intrusion. If the New Ulm court ruling stands, this now includes how we raise our children.
Constitution Party of Minnesota