Rita Swan is a woman who left the Christian Scientist-type group. She woke up to her cult after her baby died due to medical neglect.
She has a foundation, "Children's Healthcare is a Legal Duty." The mission is to make sure children get healthcare, despite a parent's harmful religious mindset, and to stop religiously based child abuse. She has helped Jehovah's Witness children.
"Chidlren's Healthcare is a Legal Duty" has a website at http://www.childrenshealthcare.org/ . Rita writes excellent newsletters and posts them there for people to read (newsletter archives tab).
I was so moved by the last two newsletters, that I really think it's worth it to read. Please print it out (free) and read in the bathroom or bedside.
"Victory in Oregon" newsletter
This is about her and her husband's tireless campaign in the State of Oregon last summer. Together, they lobbied Oregon legislature to pass reforms to toughen the criminal penalties on parents who neglect their children. The stories are real cases, at the trial court mainly. Trial court material is hard to get as most legal publishing houses routinely provide opinions from appeals court on up. The cases are heart wrenching.
"Parents Sentanced for Biblical Chastisement" newsletter
This second newsletter has info on New York City private schools, and federal changes which are afoot to help school children nationwide who go to both private and public schools, including mandatory reporting and sharing of information of an employee's past.
Then, this newsletter dives into Hacidic Jews (the ones with those crazy beards). Their culture is so strikingly similar to the JWs, IT WILL GIVE YOU CHILLS to read. Their organization/policies are so ripe for abuse to occur.
Most disturbing, I found, is an article on circumcision within the Hacidic Jews. Any man can do a circumcision, and the men are sucking the baby's "you know what" to suck up the blood (not very JW like). Babies get herpes from this, and one has died from herpes contracted this way. Real doctors use a suction cup . . .
Each newsletter is 4 or 5 pages, and you will really enjoy it. For those of you who are new, the 2007, volume 4 has information on a Jehovah's Witness boy who died. May he rest in peace.