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Ohio Amish parents fight law over girl's forced chemo

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio couple in hiding with their daughter plan to pursue their legal arguments to make health care decisions for her even if judges allow a court-appointed guardian to withdraw from a campaign to put her through cancer treatments.

Andy and Anna Hershberger are appealing a ruling that allowed the guardian to step in. The Amish couple says chemotherapy was killing 11-year-old Sarah, who has leukemia. Meanwhile, the guardian says she can't contact the family and wants to withdraw from the case.

The Hershbergers say assigning a guardian to have the final say robbed them of their constitutional rights. They're appealing under the Ohio Health Care Freedom Amendment that voters approved.

Their appeal marks the first time a court has been asked to determine the scope of the amendment.

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