Gov’t Sponsored Healthcare of Boston and MA Dept. of Children in Collusion With Each Other in Kidnapping & Locking up Sick Teen, Then Refusing Medical Treatment
Last year I watched an alarming ad on CNN created for their Lean Forward campaign with Melissa Perry that said, “We have to break through the private idea that kids belong to their parents and recognize that kids belong to whole communities”. At the time I was disturbed that the left actually believes that children don’t belong to their parents. I am now alarmed to find out 15-yr old Justina Pelletier was stolen from her parents and remains under the illegal care of Boston Department of Children and Families and a State run hospital.
Boston, MA — On Sunday Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, appeared before the Suffolk County Juvenile Court to defend a family against abuse by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).
This is a story of a 15-year-old ice-skating competitor who was taken from her parents by DCF, locked up for over a year, and is now confined to a wheelchair because of maltreatment for a metabolic disorder. Justina’s father, Lou Pelletier, recently spoke to the media about the tragic case involving DCF and Boston Children’s Hospital. Seeking to silence the parents, DCF has filed a complaint to hold the father in contempt of court for violating an alleged gag order that was never put in writing.
“The very purpose of the First Amendment’s protections is to protect citizens against this kind of governmental oppression,” said Staver. “DCF’s motion for contempt is nothing more than an attempt to prevent the public from gaining access to information concerning the State’s unconstitutional intrusion into the fundamental parental rights of the Pelletiers and to extend the secrecy of these proceedings,” Staver said. “There is simply no justification for such a gross violation of the presumption of public access to judicial proceedings.”
“The story of Justina Pelletier is like a horror movie,” said Staver. Before she was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital, Justina was being treated for mitochondrial disease, a rare genetic disorder, by Dr. Mark Korson, the chief of metabolism at Tufts Medical Center. At Boston Children’s Hospital, a new doctor, in the seventh month of his internship, changed the working diagnosis from mitochondrial disease to somatoform disorder, shifting her treatment from physical to mental. When Lou and Linda Pelletier tried to discharge their daughter the following day, February 14, 2013, and return her to care at Tufts Medical Center, DCF took Justina as a ward of the state and moved her to Bader Five, the psychiatric ward, where she remained for eleven months. Today Justina is confined at Wayside Youth and Family Support, a nonmedical treatment facility. She is suffering every day with excruciating pain, and her health is rapidly declining.
“The State of Massachusetts cannot make Justina a prisoner merely because her parents followed the medical protocols recommended and administered by a respected medical institution responsible for her care,” Staver said. “The more light shed on the situation, the more it becomes apparent that the behavior of DCF and Boston Children’s Hospital is indefensible,” said Staver.
It is appalling that government local or state believe they know more than a parent and feel they have the power to take away a parents right. How can you blame them when parents increasingly forfeit their parental responsibilities by accepting free lunch/breakfast/medical care/ after school childcare for their children. Parents put too much trust in schools, medical officials and local authorities by allowing them to mediate for their children too often. The more of these parental responsibilities we give up to the community the more rights we relinquish to them and eventually stories like Justina’s will be commonplace and acceptable.