Skip to comments.‘Justina’s Law’ Introduced in Wake of Pelletier Nightmare
Posted on 06/30/2014 7:05:27 AM PDT by Kaslin
Its hard to determine where the tragedy begins and the travesty ends. Its a story that has gripped and enraged a nation. Its a sordid tale of governmental tyranny, child imprisonment and endangerment, harmful and unethical medical experimentation, as well as a number of gross conflicts of interest.
This is the story of a child, Justina Pelletier, who faced 16 long months of child abuse and incarceration at the hands of both Massachusetts government officials and callous medical personnel at Boston Childrens Hospital.
Thankfully, due to the actions of Liberty Counsel, a Christian civil rights law firm, powerful media voices like Glenn Beck and tens of thousands of outraged and outspoken Americans, 16-year-old Justina is now home.
But the saga is not over. This sort of travesty is happening all over the country at the hands of underqualified, overzealous government officials. And its all being done in the name of child and family welfare.
Now Congress is getting involved.
Justina Pelletiers story is that of a 15-year-old ice-skating competitor who was taken from her parents by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), locked up for 16 months and is now confined to a wheelchair because of maltreatment for a metabolic disorder.
Here is an abbreviated timeline of events (For greater detail see this report):
Now Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and other lawmakers are getting involved. Yesterday they introduced a bill in the House of Representatives, Justinas Law. Its a bipartisan bill intended to insulate children and families from this kind of outrageous treatment.
While bringing this kind of government and medical abuse to a standstill may be difficult, Justinas Law aims to at least offer some level of child protection.
At issue is a portion of BCHs policy that states, Children who are Wards of the State may be included in research that presents greater than minimal risk with no prospect of direct benefit. On page two of the policy, BCH defines ward to include foster children, or any child under the control of DSS in the state of Massachusetts.
It works like this: Boston Childrens Hospital needs guinea pigs and the Massachusetts DCF provides them.
Rep. Bachmann was joined by Reps. Karen Bass, D-Calif., Tom Marino, R-Pa., and Jim McDermott, D-Wash., the co-chairs of the Foster Youth Caucus, to introduce this bipartisan legislation that will prohibit federal funding for medical experimentation on any ward of the State.
Mark Trammell is with Liberty Counsel Action (LCA). He and LCA led the charge to get the legislation introduced, and will likewise lead the charge to get it passed.
The purpose of this bill is to protect children, plain and simple, said Trammell. This is not about partisan politics, its 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, created in the image of God; they deserve to be treated that way, not like human lab rats.
We are thrilled to see bipartisan support for this bill, Trammell added. Liberty Counsel Action is proud to support Justinas Law and commends Rep. Bachmann, Rep. Bass, Rep. McDermott, and Rep. Marino for their compassion and collective leadership in protecting the rights of foster children in protecting all children.
In a statement late Friday, Rep. Bachmann observed, 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. Not all these children have families like the Pelletiers willing or able to advocate on their behalf. 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.
The bills co-sponsors, Democrats and Republicans alike, weighed in with similarly strong statements.
We live among absolute demons. People knowingly and purposely did this to a child for their own gain. How is it no one is going to jail?
Please, no lectures on “the law.”
I want that “doctor” thrown out on his azz
The Pelletiers were on Huckabee with Justina the other night. Evidently, they took a huge financial hit, trying to get Justina back. Also, the hospital has a research program & evidently Justina fit the bill as a research subject - the first thing they did was pull her off all her meds, with the result that she is in worse condition today than prior to her “kidnapping”. Per Justina, she was treated poorly - quite poorly ... I think there’s a good case for abuse.
Anyway, the point of all this - some attorney ought to take their case pro bono and sue the @sses off of anybody/all who were part of this. What exactly can be done legally, I don’t know, but there should be consequences for those involved.
Yeah, I watched it and I agree with you in everything you said
If I were the parents I would file suit against the young inexperienced Dr., Dr. Simona Bujoreanu, & Boston’s Children’s Hospital in the hundreds of millions for malpractice, child endangerment, false imprisonment, pain & suffering & whatever else anyone can think of.
I think the only recourse is to sue and file complaints against the Doctor and hospitable involved as the DCF has some of the strongest immunity laws and are almost impossible to penetrate.
I agree, but there is no need for pro bono as the case is worth hundreds of millions. However, the attorney could work for less than the usual cut for sure.
“If I were the parents I would file suit against the young inexperienced Dr., Dr. Simona Bujoreanu, & Bostons Childrens Hospital in the hundreds of millions for malpractice, child endangerment, false imprisonment, pain & suffering & whatever else anyone can think of.”
Boston Children’s is owned by Harvard. They have a huge endowment! Take all of it! The world would be a better place if Harvard ceased to exist. Acatually, that goes for nearly all, if not all colleges and universities located in Boston!
LOL, no argument from me.
As long as the Pelletiers aren’t out of pocket any more than they already are .... that was my concern.
So in Massachusetts there are doctors who are wannabe Josef Mengeles?
Is there any doubt that there are people with the moral consciousness of Dr. Mengele walking around, looking normal, getting awards for their "humanitarianism"? Someone at Boston Children's Hospital sat down and wrote this policy, "We can take vulnerable children whom nobody really cares about and experiment on them, with nobody's consent." And everyone who knew about it either approved or was too frightened or indifferent to oppose it.
Thank you for using “out of pocket” correctly. Every time someone uses it to mean “not at home” or “not at the office,” I want to scream!
I guess I’m old school or something - didn’t even know it was used for not at home or not at the office! :-)
Totally agree on “out-of-pocket”. Jonah Goldberg, for one, insists on using it incorrectly it’s most annoying.
I'm glad you've missed it ... one less thing to get in a grump about!
Yes, I've noticed Jonah's doing it, although I don't catch all his columns. GAAAAH!
Let's pray these people get what they are due. I am not a litigious person, but this one begs for retribution, and the most appropriate way for that to be achieved is through finances.
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