Amid the fear that the world is on the brink of another global war, it is easy to forget about Justina Pelletier, the young girl who was torn from her family and placed in state custody after a rushed judgment concerning her health condition. There have been those who have stood for Justina and her family, and tried to intervene on their behalf. But now a psychiatric nurse, who has been involved in her care for the past year, has stepped forward to shine a light on the dark motives of this case.
HumanEvents.com has written an explosive article, based on the revelations of Kathleen T. Higgins, R.N., of Boston Children's Hospital. Nurse Higgins alleges that the state of Connecticut has virtually imprisoned Justina against her will and that of her family. In a written complaint to Department of Children & Families (DCF) Commissioner Olga Roche, Higgins says that in February of 2013, Justina was placed in a locked psychiatric unit, after the hospital determined that she was suffering from Somatic Symptoms disorder, a psychological condition.
This was after her parents were charged with "medical child neglect" when they disagreed with the diagnosis. In a letter dated January 8th, Higgins wrote that Justina "has been unjustly and illegally imprisoned for the past nine months." If you will recall, Suffolk County juvenile court justice, Joseph F. Johnston, ruled On Feb. 15, 2013 in favor of Boston Children Hospital (BCH) clinicians and granted DCF temporary custody of the minor child.
According to Higgins, "The pronouncement that shattered Justina’s life was rendered by a total stranger who sentenced her to undergoing the stress of radical changes in her basic medical care, before being moved to a more secure area of BCH where contact with her family would be more severely limited and more strictly monitored."
Kathleen Higgins is very well qualified to render judgment. She has over 20 years of experience as a child psychologist, and surmises that every shred of familiar family life was taken away from Justina, and she was placed in a sterile, compassionless environment, controlled by the State. Even to the casual observer, it is obvious that this government control of Justina is not in her best interest.
Justina was removed from Bader 5, her unit at BCH, in mid-January, but is still in the custody of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against the wishes of her parents, who told Human Events that they maintain that DCF and BCH are overriding their parental rights and are preventing Justina from receiving the medical care she needs.
Monty Weinstein, founder and board chair of Georgia-based National Parents’ Rights Association, has some serious concerns about what this case portends. “I am against government control of children unless they are in criminal danger. Because if they are allowed this type of thinking now, the next time the government will tell you where to go to church, what to do and how to do it."
But Weinstein goes even further into a dark, frightening scenario. He says the government is taking children away from parents without an imminent harm threshold (as required by law) because the financial incentives to remove children from any parent are too great. “Government agencies get a great deal of federal money for placing children into foster care. They manipulate parental rights by using the courts.”
Weinstein, who is a Harvard Medical School graduate, testifies all over the country in civil cases on behalf of good parents who want their children back from the government, and maintains that the child protective industry is destroying families for money and manipulation. "Just because parents do not agree with the mode of treatment [as in the Pelletier case], does not mean the child should be lost [to the family."
Combined with the testimony of nurse Kathleen Higgins, this assertion should strike fear in the heart of every parent. We must realize that there is a bigger picture that is being painted here… our children are vulnerable whenever we expose them to institutions, and we disagree with the State. I applaud the courage of Kathleen Higgins, a licensed medical professional, who has put her license on the line in coming forward to disclose this abuse of the Pelletier's and their rights. May this be the first step in reuniting Justina with her family.
2 Corinthians 5:10 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he has done, whether [it be] good or bad."