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Be prepared to have your child seized by the government if you like bagels

Recently, a couple had their child taken away shortly after birth because the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (NJDYFS) suspected child neglect. One of the reasons the NJDYFS suspected this was because the mother refused to preemptively consent to a C-section. In that case, some may have been inclined to give the government the benefit of the doubt, writing it off as an isolated incident. However, a more recent incident further lends credence to the idea that the government is an incompetent, child-snatching construct of fascism.

One day after Liz Mort gave birth a baby girl, the police and child protective services came to her home in Pennsylvania and stole her child from her. Said Ms. Mort, "I was shocked...I just started crying." And rightly so, since she had done absolutely nothing wrong.

What Ms. Mort did do was commit the horrible, irresponsible, and utterly deplorable act of eating an "Everything" bagel, containing poppy seeds, the morning before giving birth. This caused her to test positive for drug use (more here). Ingesting poppy seeds can leave traces of morphine and codeine in a person's urine.

Jameson Hospital, where Ms. Mort gave birth, tests mothers of newborns for drugs, and the state of PA allows this. However, neither the hospital nor the government gave any thought to consumption of poppy seeds. The show Seinfeld figured out that eating poppy seeds can cause a person to test positive for drugs in an episode called The Shower Head, aired on February 15, 1996. Fourteen years later, the government apparently still hasn't figured this out.

Although the hospital can also be blamed for its idiocy in this matter, without government force and the usual heavy-handed and violent cooperation of law enforcement, a hospital that finds some positive tests results on its hands would not have the power to forcibly remove a newborn child from her innocent mother. Without government force, the matter would likely be left up to family members (who undoubtedly have an interest in the baby's well-being) to resolve, perhaps through reasoned discussion, investigation, or encouragement or suggestions from the hospital.

Introduce the government, and suddenly we have the unjustified, unreasonable, and completely unnecessary seizure of a newborn infant before it is even clear what the mother has done.

Government collaboration with healthcare providers is a patient's worst nightmare, as evinced by the case of the couple in New Jersey, and Ms. Mort. Mothers now must fear their every medical decision - any treatment they choose, or anything they may disclose to their physicians must depend not only on health considerations, but upon legal considerations, with the understanding that any procedure chosen, any test taken, or any information disclosed could lead to to one's child being immediately seized. As if pregnancy and birth are not difficult enough as it is.


  • Profile picture of Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal 4 years ago

    Hospitals have become snitches for The State. When my youngest daughter was born I said "No thank you", very nicely, to a SSN. Then, when I wasn't there in the room the hospital sent some motherly goon in to hint that if the baby didn't get a number, that would constitute a reason for the child welfare system to begin looking into our parental fitness. So, her mother fell all over herself to comply. MY hatred of The State was magnified on that day (as well as the last tiny shred of trust in my daughter's mother evaporating).

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    Sounds like the mother should sue the hospital for neglect and shoddy medical practice a second test should have been made. Usually blood would have solved the error. Most people in the work force know these test are bogus the Center for Disease Control in their famous study have found error rates up to 94% in false negatives and 66% false positive in 13 labs tested. The DOT has admitted a 70% error rate and ACLU has said 30% error in the Armed Forces and 60% in the Navy. The American people have become the guinea pig for the pharmacy company to get it right. The government does not seem to care about the lives destroyed as long as they can violate the 4th and 5th amendments and use their jackbooted methods to terrorize its people into summiting to them. Nothing to hide is a lame excuse used by them. I am no thief still I do not want the police to kick in my door to peek under the bed to prove my innocents. This way they call you guilty till you prove your innocents. The pharmacy company knows about 150 over the counter medicine will give false results. OMG Advil and bagels can destroy a person’s life; what is wrong with these fascist hit men

  • Tim 4 years ago

    The bad part about this is it will only get worse. The Government won't quit until they are able to regulate and know everything everyone is doing. This so called war on drugs has gotten utterly ridiculous. It seems that the Police are able to slap you in the face with the paper that has your Constitutional Rights written on it. If the people don't take a stand against it then it will continue to deteriorate to the point that no one will be safe from the Governments haven of terror.

    It all starts with the idiotic members of Congress. The so called lawmakers. I believe that the majority of them are in a race against themselves to see who can be the first to introduce the stupidest law and get it passed. All so they can protect us. Protect me from what? Who is going to protect me from them? I don't know how to say it any more clearly than, I Don't Need Nor Want Your Protection. What ever it is that you are trying to protect me from I can handle it just fine without you.

    They treat everyone like we are a bunch of incompetent bozos that need to be constantly guided and instructed. I could go on and on but I won't.

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