State Owned Hospital Plans
to Implant Microchips in Babies
1) See TIME MAGAZINE, August 9, 1999.
Tucked inside article about baby swapping victims at University of
Virginia hospital, as a parenthetical, is news that the University of
Virginia hospital plans to begin micro-chipping all newborns in their
bellybuttons this month to prevent baby snatching, etc. I can tell you
now, as an attorney, exactly what is shaping up.
Parents who balk at this procedure or attempt to forbid it will be the
subject of Child Protective Services (Family Independence Agency in
Michigan) petitions with the court to remove the infant from them on the
grounds that a) they fail to offer the child necessary safety and security
by denying them by reason of fanatical, "conspiratorial",
delusional, apocalyptic beliefs, this basic protection. THey've been doing
this to balking pet owners for some time now. What made us think we
wouldn't be next. Even as they label people who fear the microchip
implantation dangerous, they are carrying out the operations. Our people
should expect to be marginalized and know how to combat it. In case you
don't get it, here is a copy below:
AUGUST 9, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 6
Cradles of Contention
The celebrated switched girls have got on swimmingly, so why are their
elders at war?
BY ANN BLACKMAN/CHARLOTTESVILLE
Rebecca Chittum and Callie Conley will always be known as the
switched-at-birth kids. But do they know it themselves? Depends on who's
doing the raising. Becca, as her family calls her, has no inkling of the
infamous switch. "She doesn't understand. It's too early to tell
her," says Tommy Rogers, her "grandfather," that is, the
father of Whitney Rogers, the
woman who brought Becca home from the University of Virginia Medical
Center in July 1995. Meanwhile, the woman who took Callie home from the
same hospital prides herself on telling her "daughter" the
truth. Calling the four-year-old to the phone last week during an
interview, Paula Johnson said, "Can you tell me whose belly you were
born in?" Callie's reply: "In
Mommy Whitney's." Johnson continues, "And how did you come home
with me?" Callie answers, "In the car."
Callie's biological parents, Whitney Rogers and Kevin Chittum, were
killed in a traffic accident on July 4, 1998, just days before they would
have learned of the switch. And in mourning the young parents, there had
been some hope that Callie and Becca's accidentally conjoined clans could
let the girls share their lives together. A month after the deaths, the
the Rogerses, who share the care of Rebecca, and Johnson met and seemed to
get along. The girls went swimming together in a family pool. Then Callie
spent a week visiting Becca's extended family. "It went great,"
Tommy Rogers says. Both sides decreed that the girls would continue to
live with all the families raising them.
Within months the truce was over. Each side filed court papers seeking
custody of both girls. Johnson turned down a $2 million settlement offer
from the state, saying it was not enough, and is suing the state-owned
University of Virginia Medical Center for $31 million. She is also
attempting to block a settlement for Rebecca reached by the Chittums,
Rogerses and the state for the same reason. The case is on appeal before
the Supreme Court of Virginia. Johnson's attorney, John Blakely, did not
phone calls last week seeking comment. Meanwhile, her ex-boyfriend,
Carlton Conley, is suing the state and hospital officials for $4 million.
He triggered the discovery of the switched babies when he balked at more
child support for Callie. To certify his paternity, he had his blood
tested. The results: not only wasn't he Callie's father, but Paula Johnson
was not her mother.
Johnson also has a lawsuit against the makers of the identification
bracelets used to keep track of patients. She charges that the babies'
bracelets were so loose that they slipped off their wrists and ankles.
(This month the medical center will begin to implant electronic
bellybutton chips on newborns. Alarms will sound if a baby is taken
through restricted doors.)
Finally, two of Callie's biological aunts, who helped care for the child
last summer, have filed for visitation rights.
The families have stopped talking. "Me, myself, my days of
speaking to Paula are over," Tommy Rogers tells TIME. "Paula
wants everything--all the money, both kids. I reckon you get greedy
sometimes." Johnson has a different view.
"Things just deteriorated over time, and it's got worse," she
tells TIME. "No, it doesn't have nothing to do with money, not on my
part anyway." Why does she think she is entitled to custody of
Rebecca as well as Callie?
"Being a mother, maybe my maternal instincts kicked in," Johnson
says. "She's my daughter. I gave birth to her. I carried her for nine
months. I want her, and that's that."
The two girls appear to be oblivious to the wrangling. Tommy Rogers
says Becca is a backyard daredevil on her blue-and-orange Big Wheel cycle,
a sparkling child with a taste for pepperoni pizza, who is "growing
like a little weed." Callie, meanwhile, looks forward to starting
preschool this fall. And Paula Johnson is already making the child a
regular on the local
beauty-pageant circuit. Callie was recently a contestant in a Richmond
pageant, winning the titles Miss Photogenic and Miss Personality. Says
Johnson: "Callie's doin' real good."
COPYRIGHT © 1999 TIME INC. NEW MEDIA (researchers are permitted to
present copyrighted material free)
2)See USA TODAY 8-10-99 for a other
developments: a) FBI digitizes fingerprint system;
b) England lives quarantine on microchipped dogs.