Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Breaking News: Ruling for Cherrix family

Abraham Cherrix DOES NOT have to report to a Norfolk hospital for forced chemotherapy.

That's the ruling Tuesday afternoon by an Accomack County Circuit Court judge, after lawyers for 16-year-old Starchild Abraham Cherrix appealed a ruling by a juvenile court judge.

Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell filed a brief to the Circuit Court Tuesday supporting a stay, arguing that Abraham deserves the right to appeal the order to the Circuit Court before undergoing medical treatment.

Judge Glen Tyler said Abraham and his parents will get a new trial in Circuit Court as soon as possible. (NEW: Trial is set for August 16 & 17.)

The judge also returned full custody of Abraham to his parents. That ruling suspends an order by the juvenile court judge that required Abraham's parents to share custody with the Accomack County Department of Social Services.

This is a new territory for the American Association for Health Freedom (AAHF) and Health Freedom Foundation (HFF). We were contacted last week by Sharon Smith (the Cherrix family representative) and since then we have been hearing about other cases where the parents and authorities clashed over a minor’s treatment. This is not about choosing an "alternative" treatment but about what is the legal (and constitutional) rights of parents and the state system in regards to children's health. We are gathering information and will be developing a national solution to this critical and heartbreaking issue. We are assisting the family as best as we can with legislative, legal, and PR efforts. Please share your stories and ideas (send to healthfreedom2000@yahoo.com).

You might also be interested in reading a recent article by our Vice-President, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, titled “WHO OWNS YOUR CHILD?”

Your financial support is greatly needed and here are two ways you can help.

1) If you would like to support the Health Freedom Foundation efforts in addressing this issue, please make a tax-deductible donation today, click here.

2) If you would like to support the family directly with a financial contribution, please send your check to:
Abraham Cherrix Fund
c/o RBC Centura Bank
2422 Princess Anne Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

If you have any questions about the Cherrix fund you can email: abrahamsfund@abrahamsjourney.com

Brenna Hill
Executive Director
Health Freedom Foundation and American Association for Health Freedom
4620 Lee Highway, Suite 210
Arlington, VA 22207
Fax: 703.294.6380

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