Bad News for Justina Pelletier

Barb Wire

The good news is that the Pelletier family recently delivered over 700 “Get Well” cards to Justina. They were sent from very faithful supporters of the Pelletiers and friends of Liberty Counsel.

The sad news is that Justina’s condition is rapidly deteriorating under DCF’s medical and psychological abuse. The Pelletier family is extremely concerned over Justina’s weakening state.

On Good Friday, Justina Pelletier was delivered cards adorned with encouraging scripture and powerful messages of hope from concerned Americans across the country. Thank you to all of you who participated.

Lou Pelletier, Justina’s father, told us that Justina saw the mountain of cards and read several of the messages to her. She is encouraged by this amazing outpouring of love and support. I must tell you that my wife Anita and I were deeply moved as we read through the hundreds of strong personalized messages. How appropriate that on Good Friday, Christians from all over the nation demonstrated Christ’s love with the caring messages contained in these cards.

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Lou Pelletier: “Justina is physically and mentally dying.”

Even so, sadly Mr. Pelletier had a very somber assessment of Justina’s condition following the family’s visitation time this weekend, which miraculously did include a last-minute approved Easter Sunday visit. He reports:

“Justina is in a world of hurt. She is physically and mentally dying. She doesn’t have much longer.” He wonders how much more DCF “abuse” she’ll be able to endure. He contends that Justina is still undergoing behavior modification therapies, which includes drug-induced treatments. He knows that “Justina is being tortured.”

Since Massachusetts Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Johnston remanded Justina into permanent DCF custody, she has only once returned to Tufts Medical Center where she was receiving effective treatments for her rare disorder. Dr. Korman, Justina’s original attending physician, is calling for weekly treatments to restore her health. The DCF has refused Dr. Korman’s request, countering with proposed monthly visits.

We all fear the DCF’s limited course of treatments at Tufts will prove to be too little too late.

This case is quickly becoming a matter of life or death.

I am asking you to fervently pray for the Pelletier family, for our legal team, and the unfolding judicial process. We are working to have this gross abuse of the rights of the Pelletier family stopped immediately.

We are exhausting all legal means to get Justina returned to her family and given proper medical care in a timely manner before Justina’s health deteriorates any further.

Justina is being treated worse than an accused terrorist!

Allow me to put that statement into perspective. Michael Graham reported this news in the Boston Herald:

“U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole Jr. ruled Wednesday that accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the now-20-year-old, charged with four deaths and injuring more than 260 people should be able to see his sisters without an FBI agent present.” He is allowed unsupervised visitation.

Justina is being housed in a Wayside Youth and Family Facility in Framingham, MA. The facility allows family visitation for any occupant – except Justina because of a DCF mandate. Therefore, Justina is transported to a DCF office for the one-hour weekly visitation with her family, which is overseen by 2-3 DCF officials and, get this, an armed police officer.

An alleged terrorist responsible for the deaths and maiming of innocent people is getting better treatment from the state than Justina, who is not guilty of any wrongdoing.

Due to these overbearing DCF visitation restrictions, the Pelletiers must complete their one-hour weekly visit with Justina and then remove anything they carry into the visitation.

That includes the hundreds of “Get Well” cards that we sent to her – and the ones still to be delivered. Many of those cards will be awaiting Justina when, prayerfully, she is able to return home.

For now, Justina remains a ward of the state. This experience has left the Pelletier family to endure the trauma of their daughter being virtually imprisoned by the DCF while she suffers extreme emotional distress and deteriorating health.

Lou Pelletier has described his family’s ordeal as being like “David vs. Goliath.”

We are diligently working to take down this Goliath-sized state agency, which condescendingly and arrogantly claims to be acting in Justina’s best interest.

If you are able, please consider a special gift today to help offset Liberty Counsel’s expenses in mounting this defense and for other cases we are litigating.  Please go here to help.

God bless you for your prayers and support of the Pelletier family and the Liberty Counsel legal team.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Mathew D. Staver is Chairman and Founder of Liberty Counsel®, an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics. With offices in Florida, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and an outreach in Israel, Liberty Counsel has hundreds of advocates around the world.
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