Attorney Norm Pattis shares his views on Cassandra C. as follows:
"Dying scares me less than suffering. Perhaps that’s because I’ve reached an age at which I attend more funerals than weddings. But I can imagine nothing more terrifying than to be forced to suffer. So my heart goes out to Cassandra C., the young 17-year-old kidnapped by the state and forced, against her will, to undergo chemotherapy.
Yes, I said kidnapped.
The word was chosen with care, and is calculated to rankle Joette Katz and her colleagues at the Department of Children and Families. The law may be on the department’s side as to Cassandra, but so much the worse for the law. Parents statewide can’t help but shudder over the notion that when if comes to child rearing, Big Sister knows best..."
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