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Bill ends shield for parents choosing prayer over medicine

It is a crime in Tennessee to fail to provide medical care to children, with an exception, known as the Spiritual Treatment Exemption Act.

One possible use would be if a parent refuses a blood transfusion after an accident then custody of the child could be transferred to the state to allow the transfusion then transferred back to the parent, said Briggs, referencing occasions if the parent is a Jehovah’s Witness and opposed to transfusions, even in life-saving circumstances.

“This is really to protect the child,” Briggs said.