I note that it has been just about exactly a year since this post and discussion of the excesses of CPS.
Now we have a new story which you may already have heard: The Russian couple, Alex and Anna Nikolayev, in California who made the mistake of checking their baby into a hospital because of his flu symptoms. Their baby was later seized from their home by gun-wielding police who roughed up Alex a bit for good measure, simply because (gasp) they had discharged their baby from Hospital #1 and taken him to Hospital #2 for a second opinion without the Almighty Permission of those Godlike Beings--the medical personnel at Hospital #1. The docs at Hospital #2 okayed him to go home, but the ego-bruised docs back at Hospital #1 got their revenge, and the parents are now, after a hearing on Monday, pathetically grateful simply to be allowed to see their baby in the hospital any time they want. For a few days there he was in "protective custody" back at Hospital #1, presumably to prevent his horrible parents from kidnapping him and, y'know, taking him to the doctor or something.
I wish I could say that all's well that ends well, but it doesn't really. Baby Sammy is now going to be taken to Hospital #3 for a second (really a third) opinion, and maybe the doctors at Hospital #3 will agree to his going home. At some point he might need heart surgery, but it's unclear whether that is needed. His parents have had to agree not to take him home without permission, though. ("I do hereby solemnly swear that I will never take my baby away from the hospital without the permission of my betters, the doctors who Know Everything.") And they have had to agree to be "monitored" by CPS and to have a CPS visit in their home after Sammy is allowed to come home. Because parents are dangerous people and must be watched carefully.
We're told that his parents now have control over his medical decisions again, but in a sense that isn't really true, because of course any doctors can always call CPS again if the parents don't agree to what they want to do, or even if they dare to question it.
This is the stuff of police states.
Now that we have established that, once your child is in a hospital, he is a prisoner there and that your whole family is at the mercy of the doctors and nurses, who may sic the police on you at any moment, what are some implications of this fact?
Here's one I can think of immediately. Suppose that a child is disabled or ill and that the doctors have decided that it is time for him to die. Suppose that they want to stop feeding him and dehydrate him to death. (No, this is not entirely hypothetical. See this story about a baby with a cleft palate for whom the doctors prescribed death back in 1997. He was saved, fortunately.) Suppose that the parents will not agree. And suppose, moreover, that the parents insist on taking the child home and continuing to feed him there. Could CPS be called, just as in this case and as in the case last year, and the child seized? Absolutely. I do not consider such a scenario far-fetched. We are long past the time when, "Oh, come on, that wouldn't happen" is a reasonable response to such suggestions in the United States.
Given that doctors and CPS can seize your child simply because you won't do what you are told, even for the most trivial reasons (such as the horrifying allegation in the case last year that the mother had refused a Vitamin K shot for her baby), I foresee the day when parents will be charged with "severe neglect" for attempting to save their children's lives and when the children will be seized so that they can, in actual fact, be neglected to death by the hospital.
It gives me no pleasure to say that. Nor do I know what we can do about it. Note that nobody is considering suing the CPS in California. The parents and their lawyer are just trying to fend off CPS. There will be no repercussions or restraints on either the doctors or on CPS that would prevent them from doing the exact same thing again.
It has come to the point that I really do not feel that I can say happily to my children, "America is a free country."