Horowitz: The legislative emergency to stop medical kidnapping by masked Karens
The total state has made it clear through the Great Reset and COVID fascism that it controls your life, liberty, and property, up to and including your breathing holes. As such, it wasn’t a far cry for the state to begin assuming ownership over your children. Now the medical system has been weaponized to work with child protective services to take away your children without due process. There are multiple ways they can do this, but medical kidnapping via the Karen medical practitioners is the most disturbing trend in need of redress. Legislation restoring due process in family court and limiting state possession of your children must be at the top of the to-do list in red states.
In a random act of journalism, as Rush Limbaugh used to say, Washington Post writer Caitlin Gibson penned a powerful article on a family who lost control over their children because of false allegations of child abuse by doctors and how their family was traumatized long-term – all because of the lack of due process in the system. She describes the plight of a mother who brought her 14-week-old infant to a Waltham, Massachusetts, hospital because of concern about a high fever and a respiratory virus. While examining an X-ray, doctors found a healed fracture on baby Cal’s rib cage (not related to the illness) and immediately accused the parents – Sarah Perkins and Josh Sabey – of child abuse. They notified the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, and social workers immediately started lodging accusations at the mother, commencing weeks of struggling to prove innocence against an automatic presumption of guilt.
The Post article describes how doctors were able to assert with certitude that there was no other way to have incurred a rib fracture in this way without foul play, and the state fell for it – hook, line and sinker. The family had to submit to a humiliating DCF-approved safety plan, endless interrogations of their other son, 3 years old, and regular visits from case workers. Everyone seemed to be happy with the plan, and nobody discovered any concerns with the family. Several nights later, the Waltham police knocked on the door and forced the parents to place both young children – a baby and a toddler – into a car escorted by police. With no documentation of a warrant or any evidence of a crime, they were able to steal the kids – both of whom had food allergies and one who was still breastfeeding – for 16 hours.
Later, the parents were able to get the kids transferred into the custody of the grandparents and were able to resolve the issue over a period of weeks, but not before long-lasting emotional damage was inflicted upon the children.
Most people would rather go to jail for a month than lose their children, yet the due process that applies to criminal proceedings does not apply to family law and the ability of child protective services to steal your children. Moreover, in the era of “follow the science” trumping human rights, due process, critical thinking, or social norms, increasingly medical practitioners are being radicalized into calling the authorities on families based on flimsy intuitions and sensitivities. The pandemic brought forth numerous cases of health care officials calling the authorities when they believed parents were not following their medical advice. It is therefore quite evident that the state’s power to steal your kids needs to be dramatically curbed.
Obviously, we all support a process for the state to protect a child who is being beaten or otherwise abused, and we see these stories in the news regularly. However, we cannot support a system of “guilty until proven innocent,” especially with a woke and weaponized medical profession now being encouraged and sometimes mandated to ask patients invasive questions about family life (e.g., where do your store your guns?).
According to the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, during fiscal year 2019, child protective services agencies around the country received 4.4 million referrals involving alleged maltreatment of 7.9 million children.Approximately 3.5 million children subject to these referrals were deemed credible enough to investigate, but just 16.7% of the children investigated were ultimately found to be victims of abuse or neglect. Put another way, just 7% of the original cohort of children for whom referrals were lodged were actually found to be in danger.
Now imagine the lasting emotional damage to those families. How can we allow this to continue?
Your answer might be to move to a red state, but you’ll be surely disappointed to find out that most red states suffer the same problem. Ironically, in a very powerful closing of the Post article on the Perkins family, the author explains how they fled Massachusetts and moved to rural Idaho for freedom after the summer. She describes how the family, shortly after their move, was sitting in the dark during a power outage and suddenly heard a knock at the door. They were petrified that this was another police visit, but instead it was their new neighbor, who wanted to see if they were OK and offered them a gas-powered heater and a flashlight.
I’m not sure if the author intended this effect, but she perfectly portrayed the dichotomy between the sadistic Massachusetts doctors and the rural Idaho neighbors. The Perkinses had found freedom, just like the Pilgrims.
Except … they did not. The political figures and medical officials in Idaho don’t yet reflect the values of the people of Idaho, to which many Americans are fleeing from blue states. Earlier this year, the Epoch Times reported on “Baby Cyrus,” who was grabbed by police in March for not showing up at a doctor’s appointment. The baby was suffering from an eating disorder, and the mother, Marissa, canceled an appointment with a doctor because she was feeling sick that day. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare then sent police to rip the child out of her hands. The baby was in state custody for seven days and only released thanks to the protest of local citizens.
In general, this is a 50-state problem, and red-state legislatures must rectify this as soon as possible. In Idaho, Rep. Tammy Nichols and Sen. Christy Zito have introduced HB 821, which would bar the state from taking a child when a parent questions treatment or seeks a second opinion elsewhere. The bill establishes the parent as having the final say in medical decisions and also tightens up requirements needed to establish child abuse claims. It also gives state officials far fewer bites at the apple to assume possession of a child.
“A child or vulnerable adult shall not be removed from a parent or guardian and placed in state care, a hospital, or any other medical treatment facility by a social worker, law enforcement, or any other official without a known instance of abuse or neglect, and an investigation in such circumstances may occur only upon a known instance of abuse or neglect,” reads a key passage of this terrific bill.
In general, it must be made clear that parents cannot lose their child because of medical, political, or religious beliefs and decisions, and much more due process needs to be accorded before a child can actually be removed pending an investigation. Right now, there is a moral hazard in which state agencies get more funding commensurate with how many foster kids they “serve.” This must change.Blue states are lost forever because too many of the people agree with this travesty. Red-state government agencies and Karen doctors are just as bad. The time has come to align the policies of red states with the values of the people of those states so that folks like the Perkins family can still enjoy one last remaining asylum on this earth for civil and religious freedom.