Maryanne Godboldo — mother honored for defending her daughter’s right to remain psychiatric drug free 05/12/2012Posted by ALT in Children's Mental Health, Pharmaceuticals.
Tags: CCHRI, human rights, Maryanne Godboldo, Risperdal, Thomas Szasz
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Some of you may remember from a year or so ago the story of Maryanne Godboldo’s 10 hour stand-off with Child Protective Services and the police in Detroit, Michigan, who wanted to remove her child from the home. They brought a SWAT team, and a tank (!)… all because this mother had weaned her daughter Ariana off of Risperdal after seeing the side effects it caused and was pursuing other, non-medication, therapies to address Ariana’s needs.
This brave woman defended her daughter’s rights — first at home against the excessive force brought by the government — and later, in court. She won, and was recently honored by the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights International [CCHRI-- conglomeration of mental health activists* who strongly idenfity with Thomas Szasz] for her courage with a “human rights award.”
Here’s a brief film they put together documenting Godboldo’s story:
And here’s an excerpt from the acceptance speech she gave upon receiving the award back in February:
I vowed that I would never let anyone harm my child under any circumstances. My mother protected me and I wanted to do the same for my child. So I began to research how to legally fight Child Protective Services.
The amount of helpful information I found was phenomenal. At that point, I knew I was not alone in this battle. I just had to do my part and Ariana had to do hers,and that was to hold on.
I believe that Ariana and I had to go through this to expose a dark, ugly, foul secret. The selling, kidnapping and holding hostage, as well as the unnecessary drugging of our children.
We as parents must never stop protecting our children. It is our responsibility to care for them. So we must read, research, and do whatever we must to help our children. No one is going to take better care of our children than we are.
We must prepare ourselves to do so and let the Lord continue to implement His plan.
*Note: They were co-founded by the Church of Scientology, too… Szasz himself is not and never has been a member of or affiliated with the Church itself. He also authorized this statement about the Church of Scientology’s involvement in the CCHRI:
Scientologists have joined Szasz’s battle against institutional psychiatry. Dr. Szasz welcomes the support of Jews, Christians, Muslims, and any other religious or atheist group committed to the struggle against the Therapeutic State. Sharing this battle does not mean that Dr. Szasz supports the unrelated principles and causes of any religious or non-religious organization. This is explicit and implicit in Dr. Szasz’s work. Everyone and anyone is welcome to join in the struggle for individual liberty and personal responsibility — especially as these values are threatened by psychiatric ideas and interventions.