A child advocacy group is calling for changes to child abuse law in Pennsylvania.
Cathleen Palm, founder of The Center for Children’s Justice in Jefferson Township is speaking out after a 2-year-old girl in Berks County died of pneumonia.
Authorities say the girl’s parents, Jonathan and Grace Foster, did not seek medical attention when the girl became sick because their religious beliefs forbids any medical intervention.
According to court documents, the parents told investigators the girl’s death was God’s will.
The Fosters are charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children.
Palm says drawing the line between religion and parenting is difficult.
“I think we all want parents to be able to parent their children, we want people to be able to subscribe to their religious beliefs,” Palm told 69 News.
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