Tell Jameson Hospital to Quit Treating Moms Like Crooks
  • Petitioned Douglas Danko

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Tell Jameson Hospital to Quit Treating Moms Like Crooks

    1. Charles Davis
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      Charles Davis

      San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

It was the happiest day of Elizabeth Mort and Alexander Rodriquez's lives when their daughter Isabella was born. But that joy soon turned to shock and anger when three-day-old Baby Isabella was seized by child protective services and held for five days -- all because the mother ate an "everything" bagel.

As detailed in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Pennsylvania, it is the policy of Jameson Health Systems to drug test new mothers. While that might sound reasonable, the threshold for a mom to test positive is far below the level used when testing federal workers -- so low, in fact, that the few poppy seeds on the bagel Elizabeth Mort two hours before her test was enough for the hospital to label her an opiate user. Outrageously, the hospital then reported Mort to Lawrence County Children and Youth Services, which then obtained a court order to take her child away.

At no point did the hospital ever inform Mort she had tested positive.

The child has thankfully been returned to Mort and her partner. But the risk is that such a tragedy could happen to someone else. Tell Jameson Health System CEO Douglas Danko that the policy of treating mothers like criminals needs to change, and that his company should immediately raise the threshold at which it considers a drug test "positive" to the level used for federal workers. And rather than presuming their guilt and violating mothers' constitutional rights, Jameson Health System should only report parents to the authorities if there is clear evidence a child has been abused or is at immediate risk of abuse -- and a drug test doesn't cut it.

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    • mary wille ADAMS, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      this is the ''war on drugs;;overstepping every ethical,moral act of humanity alive today,which obviously aint much now-a-days...! person statre,how do we know she did not do herion,,,well sir,,why dont we??I mean r u telling me now a days w/all technical advances no-one can come up w/a test to actual test for the true drug,herion,cocaine,etc???they can,they dont want to period!!!!!!!!!!They rather test for the 1 plant molecule,not the drug in ANY DRUG TEST,THEY DO NOT TEST FOR THE ACTUAL DRUG,EVER!!!!!!tHEY TEST for a molecule from the original plant source and tell people there testing for drugs,when they don't.Thats how this happens,u can literally have poppyseed muffin in the a.m.with a cup of tea and be fired or have your baby taken because the non drug test will actually lie and say u did herion and cocaine,when in reality,u drank a cup of coca tea and a poppyseed bagel,thats the truth,''they'' don't want out there,,,,wrong all wrong,,.,welcome to the new america,,where humanity,truth,and morality doesn't matter anymore,mw

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      • almost 3 years ago

      Well that is just dumb!!!!!!!!!! Every mother who gives labor is going to have drugs in their system. The hospital gives you drugs for pain, not to mention the huge epidermal needle in the spine. The only ones who will test negative are the ones that have the baby natural.

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    • J W SACRAMENTO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Treating Mom's like criminals is no better that Nevada OSHA protecting an employer with statutory child abuse reporting requirements; http://www.change.org/petitions/protect-state-foster-youth-and-staff-who-have-government-protections?te=seia

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    • Hope Haugstad GRAND FORKS, ND
      • almost 3 years ago

      It is horrible to test someone for drugs just because they are having a baby. This is supposed to be the happiest day! If you must test them, let's not allow bagels, poppy seed muffins, or heaven forbid cough syrup be a reason to contact protective services.

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    • Amy Dixon EASLEY, SC
      • about 3 years ago

      my grandson was taken a few days after he was born......... I am sick and tired of the witch hunt,so that local, state and federal institutions can take tax payers money while destroying families, ruining lives and causing the death of many...not to mention....the death of what is supposed to be our fundamental rights, as granted to us by the Constitution of the United States ......this is not Nazi Germany nor is it a Salem witch hunt.... and it is time it STOPS!! Use our tax dollars to help American families....not to destroy them!!!

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