There are looming questions in many people’s minds regarding the heinous actions taken against the Pelletier family by Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Boston juvenile court system.
As more investigation is accomplished, there are disturbing facts coming to light. In “progressive” America, when parents disagree with doctors and the state steps in, in too many cases the state acts as though it has unquestioned superiority over the parents’ rights.
According to well established family law, the State of Massachusetts cannot make Justina Pelletier a “ward of the state” merely because one doctor disagrees with the medical protocols recommended and administered by a highly respected medical institution responsible for her care. But they did.
Lou and Linda Pelletier cannot be charged with “medical abuse” for following a regimen of effective medical treatments for their daughter’s medical condition under the direction of licensed, expert physicians – the Chief of Pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center, no less. But they were.
And no juvenile court system can arbitrarily issue a “gag order” forbidding distressed parents from discussing their case publicly. But they did, until Liberty Counsel challenged their unconstitutional order.
Every parent and grandparent in the nation should pay careful attention to what is happening in this outrageous case.
A doctor warns parents to stay away from hospitals like BCH.
Dr. Keith Ablow is a renowned psychologist, Fox News medical contributor, and professor at Tufts Medical Center. In light of the disturbing facts surrounding the Justina Pelletier case, he issued a dire warning in a recent Fox News commentary:
So, in Massachusetts, if Boston Children’s Hospital wants to say that your child’s mysterious physical symptoms are ones you are causing by coaxing your child to act sick, then you, too, could lose custody of your child to the state. And it won’t matter if academic doctors at another hospital disagree and believe that your child is suffering from a genuine bodily illness.
Bottom line: Unless your child has a simple infection, and there’s absolutely no way anyone could ever argue that you injected your kid with dirt to cause it, keep your parental rights intact and keep driving right past Boston Children’s Hospital.
Until the hospital examines its desire to make the most dramatic decisions possible for parents, rather than with parents, there are other very good options for your child’s medical care.
The more light that is shed on the Pelletier family’s tragic situation, the more it becomes apparent that the DCF and Boston Children’s Hospital have grossly violated Justina Pelletier’s rights and those of her family.
The Liberty Counsel legal team is pursuing filing state and federal lawsuits to expedite Justina Pelletier’s return home.
We have several members of our litigation team deeply involved in this demanding case and working to find solutions for this nightmarish situation.
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Parental rights are increasingly being marginalized.
As more of the details of this chilling case come to light, people are becoming increasingly outraged. It is unacceptable that this blatant overreach by a state agency is taking place in America – and in the city that launched the fight for American liberty, of all places.
Parents have rights and bureaucrats should not interfere with those rights.
Massachusetts Representative Jim Lyons, who is among the state legislators spearheading a legislative effort to investigate this case, says this type of government overreach must come to an end:
The fact that a state bureaucracy believes that it can interfere with parental rights, constitutionally protected rights, is incredible. We have to stop it in Massachusetts and we have to stop it throughout the country. Parents have rights and bureaucrats should not interfere with those rights.
It is an outrageous expression of raw statism for state officials to remove a child from the custody and the care of loving parents who have committed no wrong.
Thursday, Representative Lyons issued his own warning that returning Justina to the care of her family is rapidly becoming a matter of “life and death.”
Liberty Counsel is using every legal means to free Justina Pelletier from the imprisonment of the DCF before her health further deteriorates – and to stop the assault on Lou and Linda Pelletier’s parental rights.
If you were in the Pelletier’s shoes, you would doubtless wage an aggressive legal fight to obtain justice. That’s exactly what we are doing on the Pelletier family’s behalf.
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