State vs Parents issue Interesting article. Who ultimately has jurisdiction here? Parents? State? As I say in so many cases, if the state wants the authority, they must also take the responsibilities. Meaning, if they have the authority to make medical decisions for someone's minor child, they also have the responsibility of paying for the child, birth to majority age, inclusive. Also, the parents cannot be held accountable for the child, that is the responsibility of the state. As I see it, you can't have it both ways.