Chicago, Ill., Oct 5, 2019 / 15:46 pm
Concerns over parental rights violations are being raised as a group of families in Chicago files a lawsuit saying their newborns were wrongly taken from them when they declined a voluntary Vitamin K shot.
Among the couples filing the suit are Brian and Angela Bougher. The Boughers' fifth child, Glori, was born February 2018 at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.
The couple is opposed to the Vitamin K shot routinely given to newborns in the U.S. to prevent rare but serious internal bleeding. They told the Chicago Tribune that "if God created every baby with a certain amount of vitamin K, then that's what they need at birth."
Barring any difficulties with delivery, the Boughers did not want their newborn to receive the Vitamin K shot. According to their lawsuit, they checked with several hospital officials before the due date, and were told they could decline the shot and complete a form noting their religious objections to it.