Two recent cases of government dictating family life ought to send chills up your spine.
1. In Detroit, a teenage girl was taken from her home after her mother refused to administer medication. The medicine was for the treatment of adverse reactions to immunizations needed for her to re-enter school after being homeschooled. The mother was imprisoned and held on $500,000 bail. From the Detroit News:
“She [the daughter] began acting out of character, being irritated, having facial grimaces that have been associated with immunizations.”
Evans said Maryanne Godboldo sought help for her daughter from The Children's Center, an organization that helps families with at-risk children, where a medical and mental health treatment plan was developed. Godboldo told relatives that the medications ordered by the doctor worsened symptoms, including behavioral problems.
“It is an undiagnosed condition, but the doctor had given her psychotropic drugs that caused a bad reaction, made things worse,” said the girl's father, Mubuarak Hakim. “Maryanne's decision to wean her from that was making a difference, making her better, helping her to be a happy kid again.”
See more on the Godboldo case here.
Two different stories, two different parts of the country, two different outcomes. One big problem.
Now, I am not saying that there is never a place or time for the government or for others to get involved in a family's life when there is clear neglect or abuse. But parents must have the basic freedom to make choices that others may not approve of.
The point is, whether we agree with what others do or not, children are given to parents by God for them to make decisions as they best see fit for their children's welfare. No government knows children better than the parents themselves do, and the government cannot parent a nation of children.
Our government regularly demonstrates irresponsible and immoral practices. The U.S. federal government:
- refuses to balance its own budget
- uses dubious means to pass possibly the most sweeping legislation in our nation's history (e.g. our recent health care laws)
- is rife with scandals in various arenas
- regularly acts contrary to the best interests of its citizens (spending our money on wasteful projects)
Why then do they think that they know better than we do how to parent our children?
If the government can dictate what medications we are to give to our children, then what about our right to refuse vaccinations for our children whose immune systems are compromised? What if we wish to pursue natural means of healing rather than pharmaceutical cocktails? At some point we must be allowed to make decisions that we deem to be the best suited to our children and our family rather than have medical protocols shoved down ours (and our children's) throats.
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