(Hartford Courant) A 17-year-old girl with cancer and her mother are battling Connecticut over an order that she accept chemotherapy treatments — and the state’s Supreme Court has agreed to an expedited ruling in a rare case involving the "mature minor doctrine."
Lawyers for Cassandra C. argue that she is mature enough to make the decision to reject the treatments, but the state Department of Children and Families, or DCF, is saying the treatments are in her best interest.
"Everyone agrees it’s a serious illness, but you’re talking about a fundamental question: Does she have a say in what happens to her body?" said attorney Michael Taylor of West Hartford, who represents Cassandra’s mother.
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