Bill would repeal ‘spiritual treatment’ exemption to Tenn. child neglect law

Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee lawmakers are moving to repeal a controversial 1994 law that was at the center of a long court fight over the 2002 death of a Loudon County girl whose mother refused medical care in favor of “spiritual treatment” and prayer.

Without debate, the state Senate last week approved 32-0 a bill by Sen. Richard Briggs, R-Knoxville, a cardiac surgeon, to repeal the “spiritual treatment” exemption to the state’s child abuse and neglect statute.

Source: Bill would repeal ‘spiritual treatment’ exemption to Tenn. child neglect law

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