A friend of mine out here in San Francisco just sent me a blog post about teenager with a rare autoimmune disease being held against her parents' will at Boston Children's Hospital. It seems that one of the medications the hospital gave her made her symptoms worsen, and then they pumped her full of sedatives and antipsychotics to the point that she couldn't recognize the food she was eating. The parents started planning to move her elsewhere, and that's when BCS encouraged Child Protective Services to file for custody unless the parents agreed to have their kid put in a locked ward, which they didn't agree to, of course. CPS won custody. The parents were using social media to bring attention to the issue, and hospital filed for and won a gag order. The only mainstream media to pick up on this so far, apparently, isn't even in the US. It was an Italian newspaper. There's a protest being held in front of BCS for the family on Thursday. If any of you have the time and are so inclined, I'm sure the family could use the support. If you can't do that, even just spreading this story that's not being ignored but actually actively suppressed would be a big help. Thanks guys, sorry for the spammish nature of the message, but it's an issue that strikes me as fucked up on several levels.