Maryanne Godboldo is a genuine American hero. In the tradition of our forefathers, she courageously said 'no' to the all-powerful, all-knowing state, and continues to refuse to back down. She's an inspiration to us all.
Last March,56-year old Detroit mom Maryanne Godboldo found herself in a standoff against a Detroit SWAT team that was armed with automatic rifles, helicopters, and a tank. All for the "crime" of not administering the psychotropic drug Risperidone to her 13-year old daughter based on the advice of a trusted doctor. You see, the previous doctor, who prescribed her daughter the psychotropic drug (without a diagnosis by the way), works for a clinic that depends on government grants. Meaning for all intents and purposes, The Children's Center is an arm of the state's Child
Protective Abduction Services (CPS).
But contrary to the wild claims made by CPS that Godboldo was "medically neglecting" her daughter and therefore necessitated a paramilitary siege, "authorities have determined there [was] no emergency need for a 13-year-old girl to be on medication." Maryanne Godboldo has been vindicated. Yet, kidnapped and imprisoned 13-year old Ariana remains in state custody to this day.
But wait, there's more ...
Not only have the Godboldo's never seen the inside of a court house, let alone a court order requiring Maryanne to administer her daughter a psychotropic drug that "authorities" now claim she doesn't need, but the "informed consent" form she signed at The Children's Center said she could stop the medication at any time she wanted.
A mother accused of medical neglect for refusing to give her daughter a prescribed drug had authority to halt treatment, court files indicate.
The "informed consent" form signed by Maryanne Godboldo, who sparked a debate over parents' rights when her daughter was removed from her care March 25, authorized her to give her daughter, Ariana, the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.
"It has been explained to me that I have the right to withdraw this consent at any time and can stop taking the medication at any time," the form reads.
The agreement was signed June 3, 2010, by Godboldo and a psychiatrist associated with a children's health organization that later complained to child welfare workers when Godboldo stopped giving her daughter the drug used in treatment of symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The form was signed by Dr. Rajendra Kanneganti, a psychiatrist associated with the Children's Center of Wayne County. The treatment plan resulted from a mental health assessment of then 12-year-old Ariana after she was found by police wandering naked in her neighborhood last Memorial Day weekend.
The document, signed by the mother on behalf of her minor child, says, "I understand that I will not be forced to take this medication and that I can stop taking it at anytime. I also understand that discontinuation of prescribed medication without consultation with my doctor could cause my condition to worsen."
"I think that document proves our case," said Godboldo's lawyer, Wanda Evans. "She understood she had a right to stop giving the medication. If you sign an informed consent that says you can stop, and you stop, you did the right thing, and CPS (Child Protective Services) is just being nasty."
CPS doesn't have a case. But if you think Godboldo's signing of an "informed consent" form and "authorities" agreeing that her daughter did not need the medication is enough to get CPS to admit their mistake, you'd be sadly mistaken. As the indispensable Will Grigg says, "Anybody who doesn’t despise prosecutors simply isn’t paying attention." See Bill Anderson's "The prosecution never rests -- from lying 'Early' and often."
The Therapeutic State Bureaucracy will decide (if) when 13-year old Ariana will be released from state custody.
During a hearing in Wayne County's juvenile court Friday, Judge Lynne Pierce said all of the parties agreed to have a doctor from the facility in Northville and a doctor who believes in holistic medicine and is a family friend, meet within a week and jointly recommend a treatment plan for the teen.
Once the plan is in place, Pierce said the ultimate goal is to have the girl discharged from the Northville facility and placed with a relative.
As part of the order, Pierce directed the Michigan Department of Human Services to look for a relative who would be an appropriate caregiver for the girl.
Fifty years ago, the idea that the federal government was responsible for providing healthcare to everyone was absurd. Today, however, we live in a "Brave New World. The Therapeutic State now keeps the masses docile on Soma: "All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects."
Since the 1960's, the magnitude of state rules and regulations to produce social outcomes has been astounding. Not only has society been transformed, but even our language has changed, leaving many people reluctant and fearful to state their opinions publicly. And those stubborn holdouts who refuse to be coerced along are not viewed as people with a difference of opinion, but rather some sort of mental disease.
The therapeutic state seeks to remedy personal and social problems defined as diseases; its beneficiaries are often 'helped' against their will; it is a totalitarian state, governed by the rule of therapeutic discretion. The recipient of psychiatric medication who gives the drug to a friend or refuses to avail himself of its ‘benefits’ is persecuted and punished by agents of the therapeutic state. -- Dr. Thomas Szasz
The actions taken against Maryanne Godboldo were nothing short of totalitarian. Driven by the modern therapeutic ideology that has replaced the old theological world view, federal, state and local governments have declared themselves a Divine Right to intervene in our lives when it comes to choices affecting our health. Science is now seen as omnipotent. Pesky individualist's? Well, they get their own Homeland Security Department file or possibly worse ... Just ask Maryanne.
This is the Utopia we've built and our children will inherit. Do you like it?
I introduced an amendment to eliminate any funding for the proposal in a Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services spending bill. Although the amendment failed, the response to my office has been overwhelming and highly supportive. The notion of federal bureaucrats ordering potentially millions of youngsters to take psychotropic drugs like Ritalin strikes an emotional chord with American parents, who are sick of relinquishing more and more parental control to government.
Soviet communists attempted to paint all opposition to the state as mental illness. It now seems our own federal government wants to create a therapeutic nanny state, beginning with schoolchildren. It's not hard to imagine a time 20 or 30 years from now when government psychiatrists stigmatize children whose religious, social, or political values do not comport with those of the politically correct, secular state.
American parents must do everything they can to remain responsible for their children's well-being. If we allow government to become intimately involved with our children's minds and bodies, we will have lost the final vestiges of parental authority. Strong families are the last line of defense against an overreaching bureaucratic state.
September 21, 2004
Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.
It's everywhere you look, from airport molestations to your children's mental health ... the state is taking total control.