What makes you fit to be a parent? Certainly, if you are abusing your child or neglecting them and their basic needs, it gives cause for the state to come in and possibly remove them from your care. But what if your test scores aren't high enough? Have we entered a Nazi era of state-run control?
Some think so, based on the latest case of Oregon State removing two children--both times just days after birth and without consulting the mother--because the parents have low IQ scores. FaithWire reports that Amy Fabbrini, 31, and Eric Ziegler are fighting for custody of their two children, after the state removed them for their low intelligence.
"According to court documents, the 31-year-old and her partner Eric Ziegler, 38, have 'limited cognitive abilities' that leave them incapable of providing a safe living environment for their children. Psychological evaluations revealed Fabbrini has an IQ of 72, placing her in the category of 'extremely low to borderline range of intelligence.' Ziegler scored a 66, which is considered in 'mild range of intellectual disability.' The average IQ is between 90 and 110."
But Fabbrini does not think the state should have the right to take her children away just because of low test scores. “They’re thinking that because we have this disability, we can’t safely parent our children,” she said. “We personally think that IQ shouldn’t have anything to do with it. As long as you have the abilities of being able to support for your child, being able to care for your child.”
Apparently, Fabbrini's own father was one of the people who were concerned about her parenting. “She doesn’t have the instincts to be a mother,” Raymond Fabbrini, 74, said of his daughter. Some of the concerning incidents were that Fabbrini didn't know she was even pregnant with her first child, born 4 years ago, until she was in labor. Apparently she thought she was having kidney troubles.
Another report said that she was sleeping on the floor with her infant and almost rolled over onto the baby. But the two parents say they have done everything the state has asked, including nutrition and CPR classes, to show they are able to parent their children. They are now fighting the state with the help of Sherrene Hagenbach, a former Child Protective Services volunteer who oversaw home visits with the couple.
“I never saw anything that was alarming to me, at any point,” Hagenbach said. “They’re very proactive. They have done so much more than what they have been asked to do.” In fact, the CPS worker says she was removed from her job after she said the couple was able to handle their children effectively.
“They’re saying that this foster care provider is better for the child because she can provide more financially, provide better education, things like that,” she explained. “If we’re going to get on that train, Bill Gates should take my children. There’s always somebody better than us, so it’s a very dangerous position to be in.”
Naturally, Fabbrini is distraught while her children are in foster care, away from her and their father. “We’ve just done everything and more than what they’ve asked us to,” she said. “It doesn’t seem like it’s good enough for them.”
Some find it terribly ironic that the state issues so much control into what parents do when mothers are also given the message to kill their own babies, as this Planned Parenthood worker just confessed on the radio. What do you think about the state taking away this couple's children? Do you think it's right? Or do you think it's scarily reminiscent of a nazi-like state? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!