Parenting Disagreements?

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Parenting Disagreements?
Tue, 10-29-2013 - 1:43pm

I posted the following article on the Vaccination Debate board, but thought it could be an interesting debate on here as well when it comes to co-parenting.  A high court in the UK has ordered two teen girls to get their MMR vaccinations.   When their parents were married, they agreed not to vaccinate their daughters in light of the controversy surrounding the MMR vaccine in the late 90s.   Now the parents are divorced, and the dad wants the girls to be vaccinated because the of increase of measle outbreaks: 

The father of the two girls says that this change, combined with an outbreak of measles in Swansea late last year, changed his mind in January 2013 about whether his daughters should be given the MMR jab. He says he was worried these diseases could have serious consequences.

According to the text of the court decision, seen by BBC Newsnight, the father's solicitor wrote to the girls' mother in January seeking her agreement that they should now be vaccinated, and saying that if she did not agree he would take the matter to court.

The mother did not agree and the matter eventually came before the Family Division of the High Court.

A court-appointed welfare officer who spoke extensively to the girls said that neither of them wanted the vaccination.

The children were particularly concerned about the ingredients in the vaccine, which include animal-based materials; one of the girls is a vegan.

However, the officer said that when she asked them what would happen if they became ill with measles, mumps or rubella and needed medicine, they clearly had not thought about what the ingredients in that medicine might be.

The welfare officer said both children had been strongly influenced by their mother, who was very anxious about the jab.

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I think there are many parenting decisions we make that could cause controversy such as this, vaccinations, circumcison, medicating the child for mental issues including ADHD, to name a few.  When do you think it's approapriate for the courts to step in?  Did they handle it correctly by educating the girls and parents, or should decisions they made about parenting when they were married be enforced?