A Texas pediatric clinic reportedly threatened to call Child Protective Services on a mother and her children who declined to wear masks due to COVID-19 concerns.
When the maskless mother took her children to Luv Kids Pediatrics in Rowlett, she claimed that a nurse threatened to call CPS or the Department of Children and Family Services, according to Current Revolt. After being told that they would take away her kids, the mother complied with the clinic’s demands.
A staffer confirmed that the clinic “would [call DCFS] because it’s mandatory to wear masks on sick visits” due to the suggestion that “COVID cases are going back up again,” per an audio recording obtained by Current Revolt and reviewed by The Dallas Express.
Later, the owner of the clinic denied that a policy existed to call protective services on parents who did not wear a mask.
Over the past few months, Luv Kids has accumulated a number of poor reviews from parents who claim the clinic has threatened legal action or told them not to return.
In one review, Andy Kindred explained, “Initially I really really really liked this office, and the Doctor. That is until she accused me of writing a negative review. … she called my spouse, inquiring if I had written a one star review, and even mentioned LEGAL ACTION…. over said review.”
When Kindred denied writing the review, “She [refused] to believe her or my word and informed us that she would no longer be able to provide care for my son, and that we would have to find a new provider.”
Earlier this week, Victoria Palos wrote, “If I could give NO STARS I would. Rose Campbell is a negligent provider and can’t see past her own pride for the betterment of a child patient.”
“She is unable to be professional and meet the needs of her patient and LISTEN to the patients mother,” Palos added. “A child is having a diabetic emergency for the first time and she chooses to tell me she doesn’t appreciate MY frustration … and tells us we are no longer welcome at the clinic.”
This incident comes as COVID-19 rules and mandates are being reinitiated across the country, as reported by The Dallas Express.
Even in Texas, Runge ISD has suspended classes due to a reported increase in COVID-19 cases.
Gov. Greg Abbott promised on August 24, “There will be NO mask mandates in Texas.”
Nevertheless, there are no restrictions in Texas banning vaccination requirements, as a bill to do so failed to receive a vote in the House during the recent legislative session.
Rep. Brian Harrison (R-Midlothian), who authored the bill, has continued calling for “medical freedom,” saying, “I do not want COVID mandates in the state of Texas, no vaccine mandates, no mask mandates, no vaccine passports, and no more shutdowns!”
Others have defended the use of government power to force masks and vaccines, arguing that bans against such measures threatened public safety.
Lawrence Gostin, a professor of medicine at Georgetown University, professor of public health at Johns Hopkins University, and director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law, argued in favor of such directives in Scientific American in 2021.
“These edicts restrict private businesses, schools and [Institutions of Higher Education] from asking for proof of vaccination. … states previously acted to enhance public health powers,” he wrote.
“A multitude of states are doing the opposite during this pandemic, tying the hands of health officials to act quickly and decisively,” the professor added. “That will not only make it harder to fight COVID-19 but also the next health crisis.”
“No one has the right to go into a crowded classroom or workplace unmasked and unvaccinated,” Gostin asserted.