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Abusive Law Essay

818 words - 4 pages

It is truly disturbing to find new evidence of how the state is allowed to interfere with the natural rights of parents. Certainly, cases exist where children must be protected from abusive mothers and fathers, and we rely on the justice system to do just this. At the same time, this presents a dangerous opportunity; once the state is permitted to determine what is right for a child, the authority of the parents may be so weakened, they are separated from their children and not allowed to give the real care they so want to provide.
This is the heartbreaking case of the Pelletier family in West Hartford, Connecticut, and it is one Linda and Lou Pelletier have been fighting for ...view middle of the document...

The situation continues, and it is reported that Justiana sneaks notes to her parents when she can telling them that she is in pain. Just shockingly, there remains no evidence at all that Linda and Lou Pelletier did anything beyond attending to their daughter's sickness as advised by the doctors treating her from the start.
Among the more horrifying aspects of this story to me is how, in this day and age, a group of doctors are enabled to cut a child off from their parents' care when nothing points to abuse. Even if the Children's Hospital doctors are correct and Justiana has mental issues, the Pelletiers are guilty of nothing except being naturally suspicious of a diagnosis contrary to that given by their own doctors, and equally – and rightly – concerned that this diagnosis was made with no consultation. That the hospital would then call in state authority to take control of a sick young girl, and one who has made it clear that she wants to be with her family, is nothing short of appalling. Meanwhile, Justinia undergoes treatment for a mental illness not yet identified. She smiles only when her parents visit her, and she is very much an adolescent prisoner of the state.
Personally, I can imagine the outrage I would as her parent experience every single day; in my own family, I witnessed a cousin...

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