A heart-breaking story is currently unfolding in Alabama. Terri LaPoint reports at the Medical Kidnap website that a brave 14-year-old rape victim chose to give birth and keep her baby, rather than have an abortion or give him up for adoption. But instead of leaving the hospital with her baby, she left once again abused and broken.
Juda Myers, the founder of Choices4Life, flew from Texas to Alabama to support the young mother after she gave birth, calling her a “hero mom.” Myers’ mission is to “restore the honor and dignity to women and children of rape conception.” That was Myers’ intention. Instead, she and LaPoint stood by, helpless, and witnessed the heart-wrenching scene as it unfolded.
Meyers told PJ Media Parenting that the young girl told her grandparents (who are her custodial guardians) that she would keep the baby if they would help her raise him. As pro-life Christians and loving grandparents, they agreed to support their granddaughter’s heart-wrenching decision.
This courageous young mother did everything she knew to give her baby the best start in life. She gave birth to a healthy boy naturally and started successfully breastfeeding. That’s quite an accomplishment for such a young mother.
The new great-grandparents stood by, eagerly waiting to take everyone home. But that wasn’t the hospital’s plan. Minutes, and then hours went by.
The hospital claimed it had to get a clearance from the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR).
It was all protocol, they said. They would not take her baby, they said.
Sadly, these were all false assurances, and nothing more than stall tactics. They needed time for the police and social services to coordinate their efforts, and to remove all eyewitness from the room.
Without a warrant, a hearing, a court order, or a shred of evidence of abuse or neglect, two police officers, a DHR supervisor (protected by two security guards), and a hospital risk management director extracted the newborn from his tearful mother’s arms, Myers said. No one was there to protect the fragile young mother or her grandparents.
It’s no secret that state social services are bloated with unbridled power. But who dares to pick a fight with a monster that is holding your newborn?
Soon after discharge, DHR came to the mother’s home and took her into custody. As of this writing, mother and baby reportedly have been reunited. However, they remain in the custody of the state in a state facility—away from her grandparents.
What we’ve lost sight of is the fact that the majority of families are still good, loving, and kind. They are doing their best to survive in a very harsh and cruel culture. Like this family, a rapidly growing number of grandparents are raising their grandchildren.
From USA Today:
According to the official government Web portal usa.gov, an increasing number of births to unmarried teen mothers, a high divorce rate and epidemics of HIV/AIDS, fetal alcohol syndrome and illegal drug use (especially methamphetamine) leave many children orphaned, or with parents unable to care for them. Other factors can include abuse, homelessness, poverty and health care costs.
The problem is, these children often come accompanied by the government’s footprint on the neck of the family.
A Facebook page, Save Braelon’s Family, has been set up for support and updates.