October 30, 2014
MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio Amish couple who fled with their 11-year-old daughter so she wouldn't be forced to get chemotherapy say a court was wrong to appoint a guardian to make medical decisions for her. The lawyer for Sarah Hershberger's family argues for a reversal of that decision in a new filing in their state court appeal. He says Ohio's guardianship statutes appear to let courts substitute their judgment for that of suitable parents, and that the court should take a narrower view limiting such second-guessing by the state.
The guardian wants to stop trying to force Sarah to resume chemotherapy and has asked to resign. A Medina County judge hasn't decided whether to accept the request, which could end the family's fight against a hospital.