Author and research scientist Dr. James Lyons-Weiler, PhD, is concerned about doctors and Child
Protective Services overruling parents who choose not to vaccinate.
In a video livestreamed on Facebook VAXXED page on the evening of November 28, he said: “In
the United States, there is a new rash of what can only be called Medical Kidnap.”
He cites stories which are typical of those we have covered at Health Impact News, such as the
medical kidnapping of a newborn just a few days ago in Idaho after the parents refused vaccines.
Dr. Lyons-Weiler poses the questions: Where do parents stand? and What are our rights?
When the government acts as though they have the authority to take rights away, that’s when
people need to stand up.
That’s when the people, especially in the United States, have always recognized that we need
to stand up.
And I can’t imagine a right that is more sacred to a mom than the bonding moments that occur
right after birth.
After that bold statement, he alludes to the hormones and emotions that run high immediately
after birth, profoundly affecting the relationship between mother and baby.
There are countless books, studies, and journal articles that have been written simply on the
topic of maternal/child bonding, a topic which appears to have been left out of the studies for social
workers and medical professionals who work with Child Protective Services to take newborns away from
I have long believed that the single most damaging practice in the events surrounding
childbirth is the separation of mother and baby, yet the practice is occurring with more and more
frequency as hospitals threaten parents with the removal of the child for refusal to vaccinate.
Dr. Lyons-Weiler has noted a pattern of nurses calmly coming into the room of a new mother and
asking, “Are you ready for the baby’s shots?”
If a mother refuses, the nurse may simply walk out, saying: “Ok, we are calling Child
Protective Services and taking your child.”
He cites cases in Florida, Idaho, Detroit, and Philadelphia.
In the Philadelphia case, there was a medical reason not to vaccinate; yet the hospital staff
said it “doesn’t matter.”
It was a similar story in Alabama that was my very first introduction to the ugly reality that
doctors could call Child Protective Services and kidnap a child simply for refusing a vaccine.
I was the doula for Aliea Bidwell and was present at the birth of her first baby.
I watched her and her baby’s father Ben grow up.
They went to homeschool events with my kids.
We were all horrified when the doctor threatened to call Child Protective Services and have
their newborn baby taken from them when they refused the Hepatitis B vaccine.
They eventually gave in, because they saw no way out.
Attempt to Establish Legal Precedent?
Dr. Lyons-Weiler believes that these are not anomalous cases occurring randomly.
Rather, what is happening here is, I believe, state by state by state, they want to set the
precedent by which they’re claiming to have the authority to take children away from parents who
decide not to vaccinate.
What I believe is happening is they are going after low-income families who have no chance of
having any substantial legal assistance, who can’t afford legal aid themselves.
They’re trying to set a precedent by which it looks like they’re taking children on the basis
of vaccination, as if that’s something that they can do legally.
Because there is real risk involved in vaccines, he asserts that there is not actually a legal
basis for CPS to take a child from his family for vaccine refusal.
Vaccine risk is well underestimated.
Vaccine risk is extremely downplayed.
If people knew the real risk of vaccines, they wouldn’t subject their children to them.
Mary Holland is a legal scholar from New York University who serves on Dr. Lyons-Weiler’s
She has also written for Health Impact News regarding vaccine laws.
Dr. Lyons-Weiler read from a letter sent to him by Mary Holland: “I have heard similar stories
from delivery rooms and hospitals where medical people threaten moms who have just delivered with
Child Protective Services if they do not authorize the birth Hepatitis B shot that the CDC ACIP
(Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) recommends without any
science to show that it is safe for newborns.”
Usually hospitals and Child Protective Services bootstrap vaccine refusal decisions with other
issues, trying to make out cases of medical or other parental neglect.
In every similar case in which Dr. Lyons-Weiler has spoken with the mothers, he says that the
mothers felt targeted or “picked out of the crowd” by the hospital staff and CPS. He then continues
reading Mary Holland’s letter: “While 3 states now require vaccines for school attendance with no
non-medical exemptions, all 50 states require informed consent, and NO STATE HAS A REQUIREMENT FOR
COMPULSORY VACCINATION AT BIRTH.”
So, somehow the hospital/CPS must make a case of neglect. Otherwise there is no legal basis
for child removal.
This is consistent with what we have noted at Health Impact News.
Although we are seeing an increase in medical kidnappings where vaccine refusal is listed in
the grounds for removal, most hospital personnel will not explicitly state that the reason for removal
is vaccine refusal.
Instead, parents who refuse vaccines, even in older children, find themselves under increased
scrutiny, and false allegations often follow.
This is similar to the issue of homeschooling -- few social workers will risk the public
outcry that happens if they say that they are taking children because of homeschooling, but they
target homeschoolers, nonetheless, and make up other allegations for removal if they cannot find any.
To be continued