Newborn Seized Because Mom Opposed Vaccination

In 2010, at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a social worker and several police officers seized Jodi and Scott Ferris’ newborn baby and kicked them out of the hospital just hours after birth because the mother refused the baby’s vaccination for Hepatitis B and preferred a natural birth over a hospital delivery.

Although the Ferris’ wanted a home birth, their midwife was unable to arrive on time which led them to resort to a hospital delivery.

The nurses and doctors at the hospital were very rude and defensive towards the couple because of their many questions and beliefs in home births which led the couple to believe that the workers harsh attitudes were one of the causes of their unjust removal.

The baby was kept for over 48 hours, and only allowed to see the parents every few hours and was only returned after a court order was in place.

Recently, this misunderstanding was taken to a lower court that ruled against the couple without giving them the trial their attorneys requested, and consequently, in October, it was then taken to the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.



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