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doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~ 2012/03/31 08:12:14
Government Seizes Newborn For Lack Of Vaccination

Newborn Seized in Hospital by Police, Social Worker http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/pa/201203270.asp I am not content to sit on the sidelines while the government gradually usurps the very essence of parental rights. I hope you share my determination. We need to stand with people like Scott and Jodi Ferris (obviously no relation to someone named Farris). Here’s their story:

Jodi went into labor a bit earlier than she had expected—and the baby was coming rapidly. Given their location and other factors, the midwife they had hoped would deliver the baby at their home encouraged them to get in an ambulance and head to the hospital.

Their baby, whom I will call “Annie,” was born in the ambulance in the parking lot of the Hershey Medical Center—a state-affiliated hospital in Pennsylvania. Hospital personnel arrived very quickly and took charge of both baby and mom.

As any mother would do, Jodi immediately began to ask the nurses and attendants how her baby was doing. The hospital staff was utterly unresponsive. When they started to give Jodi an injection, she asked what it was and what it was for. They gave her vague answers like, “It’s just to help.” Only after giving her the injection of oxytocin did they tell her what it was and then asked, “You aren’t allergic to that are you?”

Jodi persisted in asking about Annie. No one would tell her anything other than “she’s in good hands and you’ll be able to see her soon.”

Eventually a doctor told her that Annie scored a 9 on a physical exam applied to newborns known as the APGAR test. A score of 8 or higher is considered healthy. (It is unclear when the score was given since she was in the ambulance at birth.) But shortly after this a different doctor told Jodi that Annie was “very sick” and would need to stay in the hospital. This doctor’s comments were accompanied by an explanation of his disdain for midwives saying, “Too many people think they know what they’re doing.”

About an hour later, another hospital staffer finally brought Annie to Jodi and said, “The baby is doing good. She will be able to go home in no time.”

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  • Bozette 2012/03/31 08:45:16
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    Outrageous! To take a newborn child from her mother, lie to the mother, try to intimidate and coerce the mother, give that child drugs unauthorized by the parents and kick the mother out of the hospital (with a police escort no less) is an unscrupulous abuse of power. Three separate entities (hospital, social worker and police) worked together to STEAL a newborn child from her parents. Why? Because they didn't like that she had originally intended to have a midwife deliver her baby and homeschooled her children. Well guess what...the state is NOT the parent!

    Things like this are happening more and more, many are coerced into things they don't want and don't really fight because they are intimidated or uninformed. People need to fight the state from usurping their parental rights.

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  • hari 2012/03/31 09:08:41
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    BOZZETE well defined and explained
  • Bozette 2012/03/31 08:45:16
    Bozette
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    Outrageous! To take a newborn child from her mother, lie to the mother, try to intimidate and coerce the mother, give that child drugs unauthorized by the parents and kick the mother out of the hospital (with a police escort no less) is an unscrupulous abuse of power. Three separate entities (hospital, social worker and police) worked together to STEAL a newborn child from her parents. Why? Because they didn't like that she had originally intended to have a midwife deliver her baby and homeschooled her children. Well guess what...the state is NOT the parent!

    Things like this are happening more and more, many are coerced into things they don't want and don't really fight because they are intimidated or uninformed. People need to fight the state from usurping their parental rights.
  • Heffeweizen 2012/03/31 08:42:40
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    Idiots! What an overreach, wonder if they'll sue?
  • Bozette Heffewe... 2012/03/31 08:49:57
    Bozette
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    A homeschool organization is going to bat for them, however it looks as if they'll need some funds to do so.

    An organization that routinely deals with homeschooling issues across the U.S. and around the globe is taking on a case of parental rights because the circumstances – a social worker calling police over a newborn’s shots – is just too egregious to let pass.

    The announcement was made by Michael P. Farris, the chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, today.

    “We are taking this case because we are tired of seeing the erosion of parental rights in virtually every area of life. Parental rights in medical cases have an impact on broader parental rights, including educational decisions,” he said. “And the plain fact is this: If we don’t fight for parental rights, it is probable that our rights will be eroded bit by bit until there is nothing that remains.”

    He said the organization was not using its normal membership revenue from homeschooling families to fund the new fight, and said supporters were being directed to a special freedom fund mechanism on the HSDLA website.

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