Since November, I’ve been following a news story out of Boston. At first it just seemed crazy, unbelievable that this could happen in the United States. I listened to the story and read what I could find on it. Because Justina Pelletier’s parents disagreed with Boston’s Children’s Hospital about their diagnosis and wanted to take her to a different doctor, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families got involved and took custody of their child. This is not the first time this has happened.
What is going on with our government and hospitals if they can take custody of your child because you want a second opinion?
Okay. Maybe you think the state is in the right here. Maybe there’s more to this story than we know. I know that I thought there had to be more to it when I first heard about this. This kind of thing doesn’t happen here.
So, instead of talking about the medical side of this, let’s talk about the faith side of it.
Last night I watched another interview with Lou, Justina’s dad, about the case. In the last 13 months that the state has had custody of Justina, she has received no schooling. Along with no schooling, she has also not been allowed any contact with a priest. She comes from a religious family. So not only has she missed birthdays and holidays with her family, she also missed communion at Easter and Christmas. Is there a shortage of priests in Boston that I haven’t heard about? Does the hospital not have chaplains on staff? (Yes they do.)
Matthew 19:14 says, “But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of heaven.'”
If everything else that Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Mass DCF has done makes sense to you, can we at least agree that it doesn’t make sense that she’s getting no schooling and is unable to practise her faith? What reasoning could you possibly give for this?
I’m asking you to do your own homework on this story. You don’t have to believe me that what’s happening here is wrong. But, as you read the stories and watch the interviews, think what if this was my child. And if at the end of your research, you find that you do believe what the family is saying, I ask you to get involved.
There are a number of ways you can get involved:
-contact the Massachuetts governor, Deval Patrick, here.
-contact your federal representatives (find yours here)
-share these stories with your friends on facebook and twitter (use the hashtag #FreeJustina to connect with others talking about this.)
-visit A Miracle For Justina’s facebook page
-go to www.freejustina.com where you can read more about this story, sign a petition and donate to the family
-there is a prayer vigil for Justina Saturday, March 1 in Merrimac, Mass
If this can happen in Boston, it can happen anywhere. If this can happen to the Pelletiers, it can happen to anyone.
What would you do if this was your child?