This post disturbed me, but I was unable to find independent verification of it — no other news reports, no online articles, nothing but this blog’s post. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
In brief, a New Jersey mom went to a hospital with a 50%+ C-section rate, and was asked to sign a consent form for a possible C-section (I think this was upon admission — but definitely with no medical indications that a C-section might be necessary), and the woman and her husband were turned over for an investigation for child abuse and neglect, although the woman gave birth vaginally and the baby was perfectly fine. They had a hearing where their parental rights were terminated — because the judge thought if the woman got argumentative with the hospital staff over an unnecessary C-section, she might argue with the child’s pediatrician or school teacher in the future. Um, yeah.
I daresay I would be more than a little argumentative — doctors and teachers are fallible, so it would be ridiculous for all parents to just meekly submit to whatever the “authorities” say, particularly when they might be wrong. I would think if this were me, I’d be in contact with any and every news service I possibly could to tell my story and generate publicity in my favor and negative publicity for the hospital. Which makes me wonder why I couldn’t find anything else but this one blog that told the story. Of course, there may have been some sort of “gag order” or the parents may be private people and not wanting to draw so much attention to themselves.
So… what do you all say? “Impossible — it must be a prank”? “Horrifying, but I could see that happening”? What?
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