Target: Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Goal: Denounce authorities who seized baby born at home, and protect families’ rights to have home births
A Pennsylvania woman recently had her maternal rights violated after police, social workers and hospital officials seized her newborn infant, who as a home birth, did not meet the state requirement for testing and hospitalization. The woman and her husband were then forced for pay the resulting hospitalization fees for the forced testing of her healthy baby. This case demonstrates how the current health care system denies families the basic right to determine where they want to have a child.
Doctors took away the seven-day-old, healthy baby of Fatima Doumbouya, a Philadelphia woman who decided with her husband to have her baby born at home. Police took her child to the hospital and then transferred her baby to another hospital for additional testing without the couple’s permission. Despite their refusal, the woman and her husband were forced to comply.
The baby was subjected to multiple tests without permission and the parents were then forced to pay for the tests and ambulance ride, amounting to over $3000 in charges.
This is a deplorable violation of human rights and suggests just how controlling the healthcare industry has become in determining people’s health and family planning decisions. The fact that these officials could forcibly bring this unthreatened child to a hospital and subject him to tests without the permission of the parents is a very frightening precedent set for other responsible parents who want to make lifestyle choices outside of the mainstream medical complex. Demand that Health and Human Services reform home birth policy.
Dear Ms. Burwell,
Police, social workers and health officials recently seized the newborn, healthy baby of Fatima Doumbouya, a Philadelphia woman who decided with her husband to have a home birth. Her home birth did not meet the state requirement for testing and hospitalization and despite the couple’s refusal, the child was forcibly moved to a hospital for testing and the parents were forced to pay the resulting charges, amounting to over $3000.
This occurrence demonstrates how the healthcare industry violates people’s right to chose how they start a family. The forced removal and testing of this child is truly deplorable and violates basic freedoms and human rights. Families should be allowed to make lifestyle choices outside of the mainstream medical complex. Please reform policies for home births and uphold families’ rights to make their own decisions.
[Your Name Here]
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