Justina Pelletier’s Family Not Allowed to Visit Their Daughter on Easter Sunday

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 17, 2014   |   7:13PM   |   Washington, DC

The family of Justina Pelletier will not be allowed to visit their daughter on Easter Sunday. The news comes after attorneys working with her family released a letter Justina reportedly wrote saying she is not being treated well.

Jennifer Pelletier, Justina’s oldest sister, alerted supported of Justina on the family’s Facebook page: “There are 75 young people in the Wayside Youth Facility. 74 of them will be able to spend Easter Sunday with their families. The one who will not is Justina Pelletier!”

justinapelletier5Responding to the decision, the family has decided to hold an Easter Sunday service outside the youth facility that is holding Justina. From the event page on Facebook:

We invite you to join us at an Easter Service for Justina Pelletier on Sunday, April 20, from 3:00-4:00 P.M. at Wayside Youth and Family Residence in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Justina Pelletier was unjustly taken from her family 14 months ago by Massachusetts DCF and has not been allowed to attend a church service on Christmas Eve, Christmas or Easter last year. She also has not be educated one day in over a year in spite of the fact the “American’s with Disabilities Act” requires it.

Since Justina has not be allowed to attend church service, members of her family, loved ones and caring citizens will come together outside of Wayside Youth and Family Residence for an Easter Service to celebrate the joy and power of Easter and stand in solidarity with Justina.

Please join us this Sunday for an “Easter Service for Justina” on Sunday, April 20, from 3:00-4:00 P.M. We cannot be silent on this issue!

Pro-life activist Steve Elliott, who has been supporting the family, is upset by the news that Justina’s family will not be allowed to celebrate Easter Sunday with her.

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“This madness has gone on long enough. Clearly, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families is forcing the Pelletiers to live by a different set of rules. They’re denying a sick 15-year-old access to her family, religious services and education despite there being NO evidence that Justina has been harmed by her family members,” he said.

“Please call Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick at (617) 725-4005. Tell him you’re outraged that he has failed to use his power as chief executive of the state to release Justina from DCF’s custody and reunite her with her parents, sisters and family doctors,” he added.