Monday, August 3, 2009

RNS "10 Minutes With . . ." Feature

I'm featured for a second time in the Religion News Service's "10 Minutes With . . ." feature, which is accessible here. The interview (which I did last week) focuses mainly on the aftermath of the Worthington trial in Oregon.

When asked, for instance, about the potential ramifications of the verdicts in the Worthington case, I told RNS, "It remains to be seen what the implications will be, both in Oregon and nationally. It surprises me because Oregon had revamped its laws to make it easier to prosecute parents. This was going to be the first test of that revamped law, and the first test did not work. It demonstrates how unsettled these legal and ethical questions remain even though the courts have been grappling with them for over 100 years."

Thursday, May 21, 2009

PBS program "Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly" focuses on faith healing cases

A recent segment of the PBS program "Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly" was devoted to faith healing cases in Wisconsin and Oregon. It featured a variety of experts (including me and Rita Swan of the advocacy group CHILD) as well as a representative of the Christian Science Church, Joe Farkas. The show is viewable online here

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mother Jones article on faith healing cases

With the first of the Neumann trials beginning this week (jury selection in Leilani Neumann's trial begins on Thursday, May 14), there promises to be renewed media coverage of the legal and ethical issues implicated in cases when children die after being denied, because of their parents' religious beliefs, conventional medical treatment.

A case in point is Deena Guzder's story "Should Parents Who Call God Instead of the Doctor Be Punished?" in the current issue of Mother Jones (accessible here).

Saturday, February 7, 2009

TIME article on faith healing cases

TIME's Deena Guzder has written a concise piece on recent faith healing deaths -- most prominently, that of Kara Neumann in Wisconsin last Easter Sunday -- and the criminal litigation that continues to unfold (accessible here). "When Parents Call God Instead of the Doctor" is among several recent articles in national publications tracking the phenomenon of religion-based medical neglect of children.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Interfaith Voices appearance

I'm one of this week's guests on the nationally-syndicated radio program "Interfaith Voices" (program accessible here). My segment is entitled "Faith Healing: Miraculous Cure or Deadly Gamble?"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New York Times article on Neumann case

Dirk Johnson on The New York Times has written a very thorough article on the Neumann faith healing case in Weston, Wisconsin (accessible here). I'm quoted about halfway through regarding the potential legal issues that might come into play as the case goes to trial.