A Judge Is Forcing These Antivaxxer Parents to Take Their Kids to a Doctor


Image: Prayers for Ezekiel/Facebook
Image: Prayers for Ezekiel/Facebook
An antivaxxer Canadian couple that was convicted after the death of their son from meningitis has been released on bail, but with some unusual requirements.

By Kaleigh Rogers | MOTHERBOARD

The parents must take their three other children to a medical doctor within two weeks, and follow whatever advice the doctor gives. It’s the latest twist in an ongoing battle over whether parents have the right to choose alternative care for their kids—even if it might put them at risk.

The story began back in 2012, when 18-month-old Ezekiel Stephan died after suffering from meningitis. His parents, David and Collet Stephan, are proponents of alternative medicine (David’s family owns a multi-million dollar company that sells natural remedies).

Rather than take him to a doctor, they consulted a naturopath and spent two weeks treating him with alternative remedies including hot pepper smoothies and echinacea tinctures.

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