In Michigan, a woman decided not to administer a drug to her daughter. Her physician approved of her decision. Child Protective Services did not. CPS bureaucrats intervened. They sent a SWAT team to her house and took her child away from her.
She went to court. Eight months later, a judge said she had done nothing wrong. He ordered the CPS to return her daughter.
In case you missed the story, Child Protective Services (CPS) in Michigan sent a SWAT team and tank to Godboldo’s Detroit home back in April after the mother refused to keep giving her 13-year-old daughter Risperdal (risperidone), a dangerous schizophrenia drug that had been causing her daughter to experience severe adverse reactions. Godboldo’s doctor had recommended that she discontinue use of the drug, but CPS felt otherwise, and decided to launch a full-scale terrorist raid on the woman’s home, where they proceeded to illegally kidnap her daughter (http://www.naturalnews.com/032090_M…).
For months, these domestic terrorists held Godboldo’s daughter, Ariana, in captivity at a CPS facility in Northville, Mich., until finally, after a long and grueling court battle, it was determined that Godboldo’s choice in taking her daughter off the dangerous drug was fully legal. In fact, when she first began administering Risperdal to Ariana, it was plainly stated in the consent document she signed that Ariana was free to “stop taking it at any time” (http://www.naturalnews.com/032191_C…).
She had to take this case before two courts. Both courts said she was in the right.
“Thank you for just doing your job and following the law,” said a weeping Godboldo the morning after the rulings affirmed her God-given right to choose what is best for her daughter. But the state is apparently not finished trying to terrorize Godboldo. According to reports, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is actually appealing the decision, alleging that it had every right to raid Godboldo’s home and kidnap her daughter.
Horror stories like this one make it clear that a family needs financial reserves to fight the state. The family also needs public interest law firms that will take on a case like this.
This sort of thing will bankrupt most families. A lawyer costs $200 per hour.
The bureaucrats can impose great pain on anyone who gets in their way. Win or lose, the parents lose. The ordeal is agony for them, imposing it makes bureaucrats feel self-righteous.