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End Faith Healing
Basically, under US law, insulin and prayer are equally effective treatments for diabetes. About nine children die per year as a result of faith healing for treatable ailments. Please help us end this insane practice.
According to the American Cancer Society, "available scientific evidence does not support claims that faith healing can actually cure physical ailments." It is not uncommon for this neglectful practice to result in the deaths of children, but unfortunately, faith healers have special protection in the United States.
Amendments in 1996 to the 1974 Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act qualify that "(a) In General.--Nothing in this Act shall be construed-- "(1) as establishing a Federal requirement that a parent or legal guardian provide a child any medical service or treatment against the religious beliefs of the parent or legal guardian; and "(2) to require that a State find, or to prohibit a State from finding, abuse or neglect in cases in which a parent or legal guardian relies solely or partially upon spiritual means rather than medical treatment, in accordance with the religious beliefs of the parent or legal guardian."
Basically, this means that under US law, insulin and prayer are equally effective treatments for diabetes.