Yesterday, a pro-life advocate who is assisting the family of Justina Pelletier confronted Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who said that the teenager should go back home to Connecticut with her parents. Today, Patrick has reversed himself.
As Mat Staver, a pro-life attorney with Liberty Counsel, which is representing the Pelletier family, tells LifeNews Friday afternoon:
Yesterday, in an unplanned public confrontation between a Pelletier family spokesman, Reverend Patrick Mahoney and the Governor, Deval Patrick doubled down on his assertion that a “detailed record of the history of neglect in the [Pelletier] home exists.”
Governor Patrick is badly spinning the details of the case.
The only “record” of any “history of neglect” in the Pelletier home was created in the effort between Boston Children’s Hospital and Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) to perform a “parent-ectomy” and remove Justina from the care of her family and Tufts Medical Center.
Then, in that same exchange, a stunning turnabout took place! The Governor told Mahoney that Justina should be sent back to Connecticut. As was reported by The Blaze…
“‘I think she should be home in Connecticut,’ the Governor continued. ‘We’ve appeared in court in order to have her sent home in Connecticut. Whether you believe it or not, the court has jurisdiction in this matter, not us.’”
Our sources tell us that the Commonwealth’s lawmakers will begin debate next week on proposed measures that call for the release of Justina, express “serious concerns” about the DCF’s handling of the Pelletier case, and suggest an audit of the money the DCF spent on Justina’s long-term imprisonment.
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We believe that the actions taken by the Liberty Counsel legal team, the many friends of Liberty Counsel, and citizen activists all across our nation is making a difference in that body of lawmakers.
We are calling on every elected official from Massachusetts and Connecticut to stop the DCF’s neglect and malicious medical abuse of Justina before it’s too late. We have just a few days now until the Massachusetts legislature takes up measures that could provide proactive steps toward returning Justina to her family and home.
Staver is asking concerned citizens to contact state officials and state legislators urging them to support legislation to Free Justina.