Where is the outrage?
May 29, 2013
In the past few years, I've seen increasing out-of-control government bureaucracy dictating more aspects of our lives. This is not the country I've respected and loved most of my life.
The following story hits close to my heart and leaves many unanswered questions.
Last month a California couple had their 5-month-old baby kidnapped by the state at gunpoint. It started when this responsible couple, who had been receiving regular medical care for their baby, took their son to a Sacramento hospital, Sutter Memorial Hospital, to be treated for flu symptoms. There, the medical staff pumped antibiotics into the baby and started discussing performing surgery. The parents were concerned about the treatment given their son and argued with the doctors.
The parents told the hospital they wanted a second opinion and took their baby to another hospital, Kaiser, where a different physician examined him and determined that the antibiotics administered at Sutter hospital were harmful to the baby.
The doctor stated, "I do not have concern for the safety of the child at home with his parents," and released their baby without need for immediate surgery.
Since the couple removed their baby against medical advice from Sutter Memorial, a police officer visited the family in question during the examination at the second hospital, Kaiser. It was determined by the attending physician and the police officer that the baby was safe to go home with his parents, and no imminent threat was present.
The following day, different police officers arrived, along with staff from Child Protective Services, at the family's home.
When the father went outside to speak with them, the police cornered him, threw him to the ground, removed his keys and proceeded to enter their house with hands on their pistols.
They approached the mother with her baby in arms.
With hands still on their guns, one of them said, "I'm going to grab your baby, do not resist …" The child was ripped from the mother's arms and placed into state custody where he remained for a week, and parental visitation was not allowed.
Recently, a Sacramento judge ordered the baby to be transferred to a hospital 120 miles away and finally allowed the parents full visitation and control of his medical care. However, their son is now in the California system of Child Protective Services and will continue to be monitored even after the baby returns home.
The irony is that these parents are legal immigrants from Germany and the former Soviet Union who came to live in the "Land of the Free."
Certainly if a child's life or health is under immediate and grave threat, decisive action by CPS is warranted. What occurred here was a draconian SWAT team action, traumatizing the child and terrorizing the parents.
Why did CPS send a police brigade to confiscate the baby the next day? Have doctors, hospitals, police and Child Protective Services become so arrogant that they disregard the opinions of other professionals and the judgment of parents for their children?
Let's hope the courts can get this injustice remedied.
Is this what our country is coming to: Where cops kidnap babies at gunpoint from their mother's arms? Where government bureaucrats defend a dysfunctional medical system? Where the basic right to make decisions about your own children is criminalized? Where the government can mandate what your children learn in school without your knowledge or permission under Common Core (a new government-controlled curriculum that most states are adopting)? Where a 15-year-old girl can readily buy the "morning after pill" over the counter in her local drugstore without adult consent? Where a 16-year-old can get an abortion without parental knowledge? Where a noncitizen may sit on a jury? Where Congress doesn't even allow time to read a bill before it's voted upon? Where your child needs a permit to operate a lemonade stand? Or where consuming raw milk or sharing homegrown produce is illegal?
When are we going to wake up to our inalienable rights of freedom and bring the nation back to the people?
Is this what it means to live in the Land of the Free? This is not about safety; it is about big government control. We need to stand up to this corruption and say "stop."
I stand for liberty. Where do you stand?
Cindy Hren lives in Nevada City.