The Therapeutic State & Parental Freedom

Maryanne Godboldo—The Detroit Mother Who Refused to Defer to Authority & Drug Her Child

Maryanne Godboldo, CCHR Human Rights Award Winner, 2012

On February 11th, 2012, CCHR presented one of its annual human rights awards to Ms. Maryanne Godboldo.   Previous award winners include doctors, state and federal legislators, whistleblowers, attorneys, human and civil rights activists and parents such as Maryanne, who have turned their personal battles to protect their children into a crusade for children’s rights.  (To read press stories about Maryanne Godboldo, including Congressman Ron Paul’s statement, scroll down to the end of this page or the right side bar.)

The following is a transcript from her award presentation by CCHR Commissioners Danny Masterson and Ethan Suplee:

CCHR’s co-founder, Dr. Thomas Szasz, a professor of psychiatry, coined the term, The Therapeutic State. It is defined as the marriage between government and psychiatry for social control.  Dr. Szasz stated:

“Although we may not know it, we have, in our day, witnessed the birth of the Therapeutic State. This is perhaps the major implication of psychiatry as an institution of social control.  Today, the therapeutic state exercises authority and uses force in the name of health.”

He also said that the Founding Fathers “could not have anticipated that an alliance between medicine and the state would then threaten personal liberty and responsibility exactly as they had been threatened by an alliance between church and state.”  Psychiatric coercion includes kidnapping, forcing people into institutions and “treating” them against their will.   As Szasz further states, “The recipient of psychiatric medication who… refuses to avail himself of its ‘benefits’ is persecuted and punished by agents of the therapeutic state.”

The result is the destruction of personal liberty.

Detroit mother Maryanne Godboldo, experienced first hand the effects of the Therapeutic State when she chose to take her daughter off, an antipsychotic drug.

Maryanne had reluctantly agreed to administer this drug to her daughter, Ariana, under the condition she could take her off of it — at her own discretion.

Once Maryanne witnessed the drug’s harmful effects, she worked with a physician to wean her daughter off the drug and pursue non-drug solutions.

This decision however, did not sit well with the psychiatrists advising Child Protective Services. They responded to Maryanne’s refusal to drug her daughter with the full force of the Therapeutic State.

If the TV footage you are about to see, looks like it was taken from the War in Afghanistan, think again. It was Detroit, Michigan.

Read the rest of this article by clicking here. 

To read more on Maryanne Godboldo’s plight to protect her child click here.

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