If this isn’t THE objective correlative for the outsized power of bureaucracies, I don’t know what is
I heard this on Mark Levin’s show yesterday (it aired the night before), and I was absolutely shocked and horrified. And for me to be shocked and horrified by anything functionaries of the government do these days is itself a condition of note, because I didn’t think anything these people were capable of could surprise me.
And yet —
Should doctors and bureaucrats be allowed to overrule parents when it comes to their children’s healthcare? We don’t think so. That’s why we need you to stand up for Justina.
Justina Pelletier, a 15-year-old from West Hartford, Conn., is in the fight of her life. After being diagnosed and treated for a rare genetic disorder, Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) overruled the diagnosis and said it was “all just in her head.” When Justina’s parents refused to stop her treatment, BCH assumed custody of Justina and locked her up in the psych ward — against her parents’ wishes. Shouldn’t the parents of this young girl have the right to make decisions regarding her welfare?
We are calling for justice for Justina. And for her parents.
Since the State of Massachusetts assumed custody of Justina and locked her away on February 14, 2013, her parents have been caught up in a legal and medical custody battle that has been raging for more than a year. Judge Joseph Johnston has placed a gag order on all parties involved in this case, but Justina’s parents haven’t stopped fighting.
“We are David, not against Goliath, but against two Goliaths — Boston Children’s Hospital and the State of Massachusetts,” Justina’s dad, Lou Pelletier, told ABCNews.com. “To me, it’s a hopeless cause, and the only way to win is in the court of public opinion.”
That’s why we need your help. Please add your name to the petition demanding that the State of Massachusetts and Boston Children’s Hospital honor the rights of Justina and her parents. We call on both BCH and the State to release Justina back to her family so she can receive the proper care and therapy she needs.
Lou Pelletier reports that Justina’s health is rapidly deteriorating, so time is of the essence. Please don’t wait to join the thousands of Americans who have raised their voices demanding justice for Justina.
Prisoners are treated better than this. This girl was, in essence, kidnapped by the state and is being used as a guinea pig by a teaching hospital. But because the kidnapping took place by a state bureaucracy — for the children, you see — it isn’t a crime. A juvenile judge has ordered DCF to comply with a ruling — telling DCF to release the girl back to her parents’ custody, an order that DCF ignored, claiming the judge didn’t have that authority.
So now, while the Liberty Counsel is working to remedy this horror legally, they are simultaneously reaching out to us, largely through conservative media (The Blaze, Mark Levin, FOX News) to apply political pressure, as well. You can sign a petition, which you should do, but more than that, you should contact Governor Gov. Deval Patrick.
For those of you who have kids, or even respect the rights of parents, I have to think that this story is so maddening, so outrageous, and so tragic, that you will join me in acting.
I first heard about this driving in the car yesterday and I very literally became sick to my stomach. When the state can essentially kidnap your child, and you have no recourse, even from a juvenile judge, the state is too powerful. And it needs to be cut off at the knees. Post haste.