Missouri Says: Too Fat to Adopt

According to My Fox Kansas City, (July 25, 2007), "Gary and Cynthia Stocklaufer said they were asked to adopt a relative's son and never expected the justice system to weigh in on Gary's size.

"I adore him, I love him, he's everything," Cynthia said about three-month old Max, the biological son of Gary's cousin.

Gary said his relative asked him and his wife Cynthia to raise the boy because she couldn't.

"We wanted to do it legally and we wanted to get some type of custody so we could get him on our insurance," Cynthia said.'

The story goes on to say, "Cheri Simpkins, the baby's court appointed guardian said weight was not the only concern in this case. While Simpkins said she can't talk specifics, she went on to say "there was concern that Gary may develop diabetes or sleep apnea because of his size."

"Might" develop diabetes or sleep apnea? Sounds more like what has developed is bias at the hands of those within the system.

What next? Will we refuse to allow ugly people to adopt children because their looks might scare the kids and leave them scarred for life? Of course, who determines ugly? (Are guidelines being created for all but those who are part of the system?) Or maybe the system will want all parents to be blondes that fall within a certain height and weight range? Can't forget the IQ. What will be the minimum allowable? What professions are acceptable? Will all prospective parents have to be liberal-minded in their attitudes towards raising children? Just what bias requirements will the perspective parents have to live up to before having a chance to adopt?

"Might" develop diabetes or sleep apnea? What about some of the other "mights"?

Might get hit by a car walking across the street. Might get into an auto accident on the way to or from work. Might slip in the tub.

Just as possible, Gary Stocklaufer might live a full and healthy life (in spite of his weight), loving his children with every ounce of his being and giving them the best start in life that a child could wish for.

Yes, that is just as possible and should be considered so.

Gary Stocklaufer is too fat to be a parent? Looks more like the court system that decided that is too bias to sit in judgment. Maybe they should be removed from the case, rather than the child being removed from Gary and his wife. Yes, that might just be where the true justice rests!

Carrie Hutchens is a former law enforcement officer and a freelance writer who is active in fighting against the death culture movement and the injustices within the judicial and law enforcement systems.

Originally published in the Dakota Voice. Reprinted with permission.

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