The Right not to take Medicine

Chicago Record-Herald

The overwhelming defeat of the bill prohibiting "the practice of Christian Science, mind and faith cure in healing" in the lower house of the New Hampshire legislature is highly creditable to the intelligence of that body and highly satisfying to those who have any conception of the menace to personal liberty involved in such measures.

No matter what may be the individual judgment or opinion concerning the efficacy of Christian Science in the treatment of disease, to prohibit its practice would be practically to deny to persons the right not to take medicine, and this would be a flagrant infraction of personal liberty. The state might as well undertake to say that only allopathy shall be practised in healing, thus denying to all the right to receive homoeopathic or eclectic treatment.

New Hampshire Granite for Manchester, Eng.
February 19, 1903

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