Welcome Congress Back With A Call To Support ‘Justina’s Law’

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Liberty Counsel Action is proud to support “Justina’s Law,” a bipartisan bill that prohibits federal tax dollars from being used for medical experimentation on wards of any state.

“Justina’s Law” is an important call for a federal legislative response to the case of Justina Pelletier, the teenager who was wrongfully kidnapped, imprisoned, and subjected to psychological treatments, which led to a serious decline in her health and well being.

Justina and every child must be protected.

Following a disagreement in medical diagnosis, Justina Pelletier was removed from the care of her parents in what is cynically called a “parent-ectomy” through the actions of Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).

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BCH and many other hospitals have policies in place that permit a ward of the state to be used in medical research that presents a greater than minimal risk, even if there is no prospect of any direct benefit to the child. In other words, these kids, nor their parents, have any say as to what procedure is employed or what drug is used in experimentation on the minor child.

Justina became a ward of the state and was placed in a psych ward where she underwent unnecessary psychological treatments for what is, and has always been, a thoroughly diagnosed medical condition of mitochondrial disease.

Justina remained imprisoned by the state for 16 months. During Justina’s and the Pelletier’s struggle, the Boston Globe uncovered at least five other instances of families having their children taken by BCH under the same or similar circumstances as the Pelletiers.

”Justina’s Law” stops federal funding of dangerous medical research on foster children.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) joined with Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), Tom Marino (R-PA), and Jim McDermott (D-WA) to introduce “Justina’s Law” in a response to Justina’s now well-documented case.

In introducing the bill, Rep. Bachmann made the following statement:

“Whether it is one child or thousands, it is our duty to guarantee that children are kept safe from harm while in the custody of their respective states. Sixteen months ago, Justina was a figure skater. Today, she cannot stand, sit, or walk on her own. It is unconscionable what happened to Justina, and we must do all we can to prevent it from ever happening again. Removing federal funding from such experimentation is an important first step.”

Mark Trammell, our Washington D.C. liaison and Director of Public Policy, said after his meeting with congressional leaders and staff:

“The purpose of Justina’s Law is to protect children, plain and simple. As evidenced by the bill’s bipartisan support, it is not about partisan politics; it is about advocating for the health and safety of children. It is irresponsible and inexcusable to subject foster children, or any child who is a ward of the state, to medical research that presents a greater than minimal risk of harm to the child with no prospect of direct benefit. These are children, made in the image of God; they deserve to be treated that way, not like human lab rats.”

Liberty Counsel Action is petitioning Congress via hand-delivered petitions and fax demands for support of “Justina’s Law.”

Please join with us today in doing one thing: fax members of Congress in order to help get “Justina’s Law” on their radar for passage.

Everything you need to welcome back our elected officials with a powerful message is one click away.

If you’re outraged by what the state of Massachusetts and Boston Children’s Hospital put the Pelletier family through, take action to make sure it can’t happen again!

Join us in calling on lawmakers in both the House and Senate to take immediate legislative action to pass “Justina’s Law,” H.R. 4989. This law is a first step in advocating for the health and safety of children.

Don’t let what happened to Justina Pelletier and her family be inflicted on other children and their families.

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Mathew D. Staver
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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