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Feb 19, 2011

Urgent Action to Stop Elizabeth's Forced Electroshock

Stop the Psychiatric Abuse of Forced ECT!  The State of Minnesota is allowing Elizabeth Ellis to be held in a psychiatric facility and forced to endure Electroshock Treatment.  Help stop this Human Rights Violation today so Elizabeth can return home to her husband!  Forced Psychiatric "treatment" is a violation of individual rights, it is torture not treatment.

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MFNews: Back inside! Forced ECT for Elizabeth Ellis for Months?

MindFreedom International UPDATE - 18 February 2011 - please forward
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       Elizabeth Ellis Back Inside Psychiatric Institution

       Elizabeth Had Refused Her Involuntary Outpatient Electroshock

       Court Document Reveals:

       Elizabeth Faces "Months" of "Maintenance" Forced Electroshock

Tonight, MindFreedom was informed by Susan Opp, the daughter of
Elizabeth Ellis, that Elizabeth is no longer at her Moorhead,
Minnesota home.

Elizabeth has been placed back inside a psychiatric institution, far
from home. This is exactly what Elizabeth and her advocates have
feared, and what court documents threatened.

Elizabeth Ellis, 67, had been living peacefully in her own home, with
her husband Robert, during January, but was under court-order to
report for involuntary electroconvulsive therapy or ECT.

On 27 January, Elizabeth stayed home instead of reporting for the
procedure. She was threatened with being locked up again and forcibly
electroshocked. Apparently, those against Elizabeth's liberty have
followed through with their threats.


       Urgent Action to Stop Elizabeth's Forced Electroshock

Because the Minn. Governor's office has been non-responsive to citizen
concerns about Elizabeth for three weeks, advocates in Minnesota ask
concerned people to contact Elizabeth's elected US Congresspeople.

Email and phone civil but strong messages to the below three elected
officials with this message, in your own words:

"Please investigate the well being of Elizabeth Ellis of Moorhead,
Minnesota, who refused to leave her home for another involuntary
outpatient electroshock. Institute an immediate ban on forced ECT,
which an FDA panel has called hazardous and untested. See the web site for more information."

US Sen. Al Franken:

       Web form:

       Phone St. Paul office: (651) 221-1016

US Senator Amy Klobuchar:

US Rep Collin Peterson:

Visit the "Elizabeth Campaign Gateway" for the latest updates and news

PLEASE FORWARD this to all who care about liberty.


       We Are All Elizabeth!

Elizabeth was afraid this would happen, and knew she was threatened
with "months" of forced electroshock.

Two days ago, on 16 February, Elizabeth received a court order
threatening her with being forcibly transported from her home, mainly
because she had refused to report for another court-ordered
involuntary outpatient electroshock on 27 January 2011.

By coincidence, the very next day after that "sit in" at her own home,
a Food & Drug Administration panel voted on 28 January 2011 that the
ECT device is "hazardous," and should for the first time in its more
than 70 years of use in the USA be tested for safety and efficacy by
the FDA.

The court document Elizabeth received on 16 February stated that on
Valentine's Day, 14 February 2011, Elizabeth's outpatient electroshock
doctor --psychiatrist Nadeem Haider with a "shock shop" in nearby
Fargo, North Dakota -- told Elizabeth's case manager, Kirsten
Wegenast, that "she be hospitalized, and that she remain in the
hospital for several months and establish a consistent maintenance ECT

Perhaps because of the growing controversy, Dr. Haider also asked Ms.
Wegenast -- according to her report -- that after Elizabeth's
discharge, a clinic other than his own, preferably based in Minnesota,
be found to do future outpatient electroshocks.

Elizabeth is a retired teacher and school counselor, with a master's
degree in counseling. She personally faxed MindFreedom this document
and others, because of the risk to her liberty.

In the Elizabeth Campaign Gateway you can find:

* A folder of this and other court and agency documents you can
download about Elizabeth's forced electroshock, including the court
order to transport her to a psychiatric institution for saying "no" to
forced electroshock.

* A personal plea Elizabeth made two days ago after receiving her
court notice that a Sheriff may pick her up "at any minute."

* An interview with Elizabeth on 12 Feb. on MindFreedom Free Web Radio.

* How to join a new Facebook Cause for Elizabeth.

* Learn how the day after Elizabeth refused her outpatient
electroshock... an FDA panel voted that the device is "hazardous," and
should finally be tested for safety and efficacy for the first time in
70 years!

* A blog entry by MindFreedom director David Oaks calls for the global
mental health advocacy community to create a peaceful revolution like
that in Egypt.

* And more...


Two days ago, on 16 February, Elizabeth told MindFreedom in an
interview that she saw this coming:

"I have gotten the orders to 'revoke and transport.' I spoke with my
public defender. He said the sheriff can come at any minute. My
attorney has written an affidavit challenging the need to continue
ECT. I also have an appointment with a new psychiatrist this weekend
who supports my right to say 'no' to electroshock."

Said Elizabeth: "They claim they are trying to save my life. But maybe
they are trying to save their image, now that they know I'm
challenging them and I have an organization's backing."

Elizabeth added, "I'm in very good mental health. I'm active, eating,
sleeping, doing everything."

Her last words in the interview, have become her last words before
MindFreedom lost communication:

"I'm in deep appreciation of MindFreedom for putting out alerts."

Her husband Robert added: "Elizabeth doesn't need electroshock. She's
been fine, active. We've been doing things together. She's pretty
sharp, but her memory is still off from the electroshock. I'm angry
and upset about this court order for her to have forced outpatient

For the latest info, check frequently at the Elizabeth Ellis Campaign


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Skyblue said...

What a horrid thing! Electroshock is barbaric. It's not surrendering to incarceration, it's surrendering to slow mental destruction.
She has more courage than I have to surrender herself alive.
More than likely some doctor is needing her to finish his study on some experimental treatment program.
Her refusal to participate is interfering with his treatment study.
Not much different than the Nazi experimental hospitals.
Fascism never dies. Sigh.

Unknown said...

It is truly horrifying that ECT is considered "treatment." It is more than a little sad that Elizabeth's her daughter sought the first evaluation which put her at risk of psychiatric abuse in the first place.

She has not been judged to be danger to herself or anyone else. May God Bless Elizabeth and return her home unharmed.

Any yes, your are right it is very much like the Nazi hospitals.


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