The government of Massachusetts, in particular the Department of Children and Families, has taken custody of 15 year old Justina Pelletier based upon its disagreement with the family's decision as to which type of treatment would best serve the child. This is not the typical story of a religious family refusing to get any treatment for their child dying of cancer or something similar to that. This is the story of big brother deciding for itself that they know better than the parents, or the decision of their selected hospital, as to what type of treatment the child should get. This is truly scandalous.
This decision is actually based upon two major hospitals differing on their diagnosis of the disease Justina is suffering from and Massachusetts has decided the proper course of action is not to let the parents decide which treatment they want the child to undergo, but to make that decision for them. This action has potential dire consequences for everyone in the Bay State and for America as a country. If the courts do not intervene in favor of the Pelletier family to reunite Justina with them immediately, this sets a precedent for the state to kidnap any child, or for that matter, any person that they feel is not being treated in accordance with the standards they have apparently set by themselves!
And what about the negative possibilities of this decision? Suppose the state feels that a particular regimen of treatment being given to an elderly person is keeping them alive too long and is going to cost the state too much money. They can gin up any excuse they want (one that will sound like it's in the best interest of the patient, of course) to have the patient taken off of a helpful regimen and put on one that will lead to death. You may say that the example is extreme, but what we are witnessing with the Pelletier family is no less extreme. America, wake up. Big brother is on the move.