From the Desk of Mat Staver
April 24, 2014
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is either lying, profoundly mistaken, or intentionally twisting details to cover the Commonwealth’s massive overreach in the kidnapping of Justina Pelletier.
Columnist Michael Graham reported in The Boston Globe that the Governor penned a letter to Rep. Marc Lombardo claiming that the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) has a “detailed record of neglect” against the Pelletiers in their home.
“I see in your letter that you continue to misunderstand the role of the Commonwealth in Justina’s case. Justina is in DCF custody because ‘a judge ruled that her parents were unfit to care for her’ in February 2013, [a] decision based on a detailed record of the history of neglect in the home.”
Graham then boldly asked the very questions we would all ask — especially after reading the Governor’s letter: “What detailed record? What history of neglect in the home? Where did that come from?”
Justina is being unlawfully detained.
The truth is, Deval Patrick can’t tell you the truth. He can’t tell you that charges of abuse or neglect against the Pelletiers were trumped up when physicians at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) conspired with workers from the Massachusetts DCF to perform a “parent-ectomy” on Justina.
Justina had been receiving successful treatments at Tufts Medical Center, a highly reputable medical institution, for an extremely rare and potentially deadly condition called Mitochondrial Disease. Tufts sent the Pelletiers to see a specialized gastrointestinal physician at BCH, who she never saw before her case was hijacked by a resident doctor.
BCH physicians were disturbed when the Pelletiers strongly disagreed with their diagnosis that Justina suffered from Somatoform Disorder, a rare and difficult to diagnose mental condition. In refusing to accept their opinion, the Pelletiers tried in vain to discharge her from BCH and return her to Tufts.
In order for BCH to detain and treat Justina on their terms with their diagnosis, she would have to be removed from the Pelletiers’ care and become a ward of the state.
The plan was set into motion with DCF. Alleged “medical abuse” charges were filed against the Pelletiers for following the prescribed treatments of the Tufts physicians, which BCH arrogantly dismissed as invalid.
Justina was removed from her family over 14 months ago. At that time, the DCF knew very little about the Pelletier family or Justina. The DCF has never visited the Pelletier home or witnessed any circumstances of neglect – except the “medical abuse” allegations they cooked up.
As for proof of BCH’s inaccurate diagnosis, in 14 months under BCH and DCF “treatments,” Justina’s condition has deteriorated. She has gone from being a vibrant figure skater to a wheelchair-bound invalid. Her condition is now considered “dire” and “life-threatening.”
As a side note, Governor Patrick’s wife, Diane, has long served as an overseer of Boston Children’s Hospital.
We must act now to counter these outrageous deceptions!
I need your help today. We are calling on every elected official from Massachusetts and Connecticut to stop the DCF’s own neglect and malicious medical abuse of Justina before it’s too late.
In short, we are demanding her release back to the care of her loving family.
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Together, we are making a difference.
The activism of grassroots Americans and friends of Liberty Counsel is starting to see momentum in the Massachusetts political arena regarding the unlawful imprisonment of Justina Pelletier.
So far, we have delivered “Free Justina” petitions and “Get Well” cards, provided legal expertise, and participated in a groundswell of activities on behalf of Justina.
Liberty Counsel has also filed a habeas corpus petition with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court asking for the immediate release of Justina from her unlawful detention.
As I noted earlier, DCF has absolutely no reason to continue to hold Justina, nor did they have any reason to take her in the first place. A disputed medical diagnosis does not warrant the removal of a child from the care of her parents and family.
The DCF is also under intense scrutiny for the amount of money they have spent on the Pelletier case, while other children remain missing or deceased in their system.
Together, we have been extremely proactive in battling the Goliath-sized DCF on behalf of the Pelletier family and I’m urging your continued support right now.
THANK YOU in advance and for standing with the Pelletier family and may God abundantly bless you!
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman