This should scare the living daylights out of everyone.
Rebecca Firlit told FOX 32 News that Cook County Judge James Shapiro stripped her of her parental rights because she did not take the COVID-19 vaccine:
In what all parties agree is a very unusual and perhaps unprecedented step, a judge at Chicago’s Daley Center has stripped Rebecca Firlit of custody because she refuses to get a vaccination shot.
“I miss my son more than anything. It’s been very difficult. I haven’t seen him since August 10th,” Firlit told FOX 32 News in an exclusive interview.
Shapiro took away her rights that day during a hearing between Firlit and her ex-husband involving their son. They share custody and parenting time with the 11-year-old:
She says out of the blue, Cook County Judge James Shapiro asked her whether she had been vaccinated. Firlit told Shapiro she had not because she has had bad reactions to vaccines in the past.
Shapiro then ordered that Firlit be stripped of all parenting time with her son until she gets vaccinated.
The article does not explain why the family was in court, but it looks like neither brought up COVID nor was it the topic at hand:
“It had nothing to do with what we were talking about. He was placing his views on me. And taking my son away from me,” Firlit said.
Firlit and her son speak on the phone and see each other on the computer via video chats.
Annette Fernholz, Firlit’s attorney, says the judge has overstepped his authority.
“In this case you have a judge, without any matter before him regarding the parenting time with the child deciding ‘Oh, you’re not vaccinated. You don’t get to see your child until you are vaccinated.’ That kind of exceeds his jurisdiction,” Fernholz said.
“You have to understand the father did not even bring this issue before the court. So it’s the judge on his own and making this decision that you can’t see your child until you’re vaccinated,” Fernholz added.
The decision surprised the father and his attorney, Jeffrey Leving.
However, the father took advantage of the ruling and supports the ruling to protect the child “from an unvaccinated mother.”
Leving said something scary (emphasis mine):
“There are children who have died because of COVID. I think every child should be safe. And I agree that the mother should be vaccinated,” Leving said.
A spokesperson for Chief Judge Tim Evans and Judge Shapiro said they couldn’t comment because of the ongoing nature of the case.
Leving believes the judge is breaking new ground that could now play out in other custody cases. There is no timetable on when the appellate court will make its decision.
Good Lord. If they’re going to do this then apply it for all diseases. Children die of measles, mumps, DTaP, FLU, and chickenpox.
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