Child Stolen from Her Parents by the State

A few days ago we old you the story of young Justina Pelletier and her family. Justina was sick, diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, but when she arrived at Boston’s Children’s Hospital her diagnosis was changed and her parents were stripped of their parental rights by the state.


Because Boston Children’s didn’t want the Pelletier’s taking their daughter back to Tufts Medical Center where the doctors believed she had mitochondrial disease. So Boston Children’s argued to a court that the Pelletier’s should be forced to give custody of their daughter to the state of Massachusetts. The Court decided in favor of Boston Children’s, and Justina has gone from being a happy-go-lucky teen to a disabled bed-ridden patient in constant pain.

The Pelletier’s were pushing to get their daughter back, but the court’s most recent judgment has separated them from their daughter even further.

Justina Pelletier’s mother collapsed and her father shouted in anger today after learning at a Boston courthouse that the Department of Children and Families wants to place their teenage daughter in foster care on Boston’s North Shore, according to a minister who represents the family.

More than the medical questions that have arisen from this situation, the real problem runs deeper. How can this happen in America? How can the child of loving parents who are following medical advice from a respected professional at a major (and respected) medical institution like Tufts have their child stolen from them simply because another hospital disagrees with the diagnosis? This should be a terrifying scenario for every parent in America.

Matt Walsh dissects the deeper story here.

The point here is that the State has seized the tyrannical and unconstitutional power to take a side in a medical debate, and then kidnap your child because you disagree.

Yes, kidnap.

FEB. 18, 2014_JUSTINA'S PRISONSure, there are certainly cases where parents abuse their children in unspeakable ways. In those situations, the parents need to go to prison and the kids need to go somewhere else. But the power the State must have in certain specific and limited cases should NOT grant them the blanket authority to forcibly impose their subjective opinions about private parental and medical decisions.

Have Justina’s parents committed a crime? Have they been charged with child abuse? No. No, because taking one doctor’s advice over another is NOT child abuse. This is where we are in America, everyone. Are you paying attention? Are you as angry as you ought to be? You can have your children removed from your home EVEN IF YOU HAVEN’T COMMITTED A CRIME.

And we call this freedom? We call this a free country?

What a joke. You are not free. You are not free as long as government bureaucrats have the power to obliterate your parental rights simply because they personally don’t approve of the choices you’ve made.

Folks, we’ve let this happen. We’ve let the government do this to us. Now our children are suffering because of the choices we’ve made and the political decisions we’ve allowed. Please flood the phone lines, email addresses and mailboxes of your representatives – make them stand and be counted for the Pelletier family. Because your family could very well be next.



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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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