I belonged to a really tiny sect headed by my grandmother that promoted prayer as the ONLY acceptable form of healing. No doctors, midwives, etc. (We were all born at home, no matter the complications to mother or child.) As a parent myself, I'm sort of shocked by the fact that medical neglect in the name of religion is still permitted in this country. A boy I used to babysit died at 2 years old from 247 yellow jacket stings. There was a huge media uproar when it first happened, but the parents were acquitted because the judge ordered the jury must find they actually "intended" for their son to die.
What can we do about this? It really kills me to think that even though my own son gets all the care he should (regular check ups, hospital birth, vaccinations, etc.) I didn't and other kids still continue to be neglected. Thoughts? Stories? Did anyone else here suffer a similar fate?