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Ward of the State = Lab Rat

By Charlie Butts

As Congress is being asked to support a law barring the use of federal funds for medical experiments on a ward of the state, one attorney asserts that such legislation is needed. — “Justina’s Law” is named after 15-year-old Justina Pelletier, who was kept in Boston Children’s Hospital for 16 months as a court-ordered ward of the state after her parents objected to the withdrawal of her medical treatment.

“Hospitals are allowed to partner with social services to set up a system where a teaching hospital can essentially, against the will of parents, use foster children or anybody’s child if the [Department of Children and Families] has labeled that child a ward of the state,” Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action and founder of, reports about Massachusetts.

And he goes on to tell OneNewsNow what “Justina’s Law” has to do with the hospitalized children who are court-ordered wards of the state.

“The teaching hospital is in need of lab rats for various experiments. They want to do medical experimentation on live subjects — children,” the attorney explains. “And so the DCF provides the lab rats for them by appointing them as wards of the state.”

Current Massachusetts law allows a child to be used for such experiments, even if the child would not benefit from it and also even if there is more than a minimal risk of harm.

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