Liberalni odgovori na problem uskraćivanja zdravstvene skrbi djeci i maloljetnicima iz religijskih razloga



Medical experts, both in Croatia and in the world, are facing nowadays an increasing number of cases where the parents refuse, because of certain religious reasons, medical care and certain medical treatments for their children, even though those treatments could preserve the children’s health or even save their lives. The parents are convinced that they are acting with good intentions and in child’s favour, which leads to certain problems regarding the regulation of these cases, as well as to disagreements regarding the rights of parents and their children, or the legitimacy of state interventions in this sphere. This paper puts forward four possible liberal solutions to the above described problem (liberal archipelago, liberal multiculturalism, liberal egalitarianism and liberal feminism), specifies the scope of legitimate interventions by the state that these theories allow, and reviews the advantages of each position, as well as the most important objections directed toward each.

Keywords: liberal archipelago, liberal multiculturalism, liberal egalitarianism, liberal feminism

Author Biographies

Ivan Cerovac, University of Rijeka

Centar for Advanced Studies of South East Europe, research fellow

Maša Dunatov, University of Rijeka

School of Medicine, Student