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In deep blue Cook County, Chicago, Judge James A. Shapiro has just stripped a mother of her parental rights because…
Wait for it…
Unfortunately, I’m not surprised it’s come to this.
This woman went to zoom court with her ex husband of seven years for a child support hearing regarding their 11-year-old son, and came away being blackmailed into making a very personal medical decision.
According to Rebecca Firlit, the judge asked her “out of the blue” whether she was fully vaccinated. Firlit, who says she has a history of bad reactions to vaccines, had made a personal risk analysis evaluation based on her health, her risks, and her medical history, and had decided that taking an experimental vaccine was not the right decision for her at this time, all factors considered. Thus, she truthfully responded that she was not fully vaccinated.
Judge Shapiro then stripped Firlit of her parental rights and blocked access to her son, of whom she had previously shared custody, until such a time that she is fully vaccinated.
Mother loses parental rights because she hasn’t been vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/hBKwgTp80S
— Osler (@osler78) August 28, 2021
“It had nothing to do with what we were talking about. He was placing his views on me. And taking my son away from me.”
Her lawyer said,
“In this case you have a judge, without any matter before him regarding the parenting time with the child deciding ‘Oh, you’re not vaccinated. You don’t get to see your child until you are vaccinated.’ That kind of exceeds his jurisdiction. You have to understand the father did not even bring this issue before the court. So it’s the judge on his own and making this decision that you can’t see your child until you’re vaccinated.”
The father isn’t contesting the judge’s decision, and his lawyer said that they believe the child should be protected from an unvaccinated mother.
Which is so interesting and anti-science considering that children are proven to be at the lowest risk of severe Covid infection, and it’s likewise been proven that the vaccines would not even prevent this mother from becoming infected, nor prevent her from passing the virus on to the child. Protecting the child from an unvaccinated mother is a very tenuous argument to make, considering the science.
But forcing this woman to get an experimental vaccine when she has a history of bad reactions to vaccines could be very damaging, and perhaps even fatal, to her. And removing the child unnecessarily from his mother could likewise have devastating effects on the child’s psychological and emotional development and health.
But the power-hungry Judge doesn’t care about those things. His personal political position is that everyone should be vaccinated, and if people don’t agree with him, he’s willing to use his power to force them to comply with his political beliefs.
This is a very slippery slope. What’s to say a judge won’t strip a parent of their rights because they won’t abort their current pregnancy when the judge believes that overpopulation is contributing to climate change, or believes that having more than 1 child is irresponsible? What’s to say a judge won’t strip a parent of their rights because they are white and the Judge believes that white people are supremacists who are destroying the country? What’s to say a judge won’t strip a parent of their rights because they don’t drive an electric vehicle and the judge believes that fossil fuels are the greatest threat we currently face? This is what happens when judges force their personal politics on citizens rather than ruling objectively according to the law.