Forget the principles

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If you spurn medical science in favour of alternative therapies, that’s your choice. But should a mother be allowed to impose her preferences on her child?

Millions worldwide do; they send their kids for acupuncture and homeopathy to cure migraine or period pains. But who would ban radiotherapy if their child had a brain tumour?

Sally Roberts went on the run with her son of seven when surgeons said he needed radiotherapy. She decided risks outweighed possible results.

She was wrong; the tumour has returned. But that’s still not enough to snap this clearly terrified but deluded woman out of denial.

Mother’s law now faces High Court law; a verdict comes on Tuesday. Surely it will put a child’s needs before a mother’s wants.