Court Orders Moorhead's Elizabeth Ellis to be Taken From Her Home for Refusing Forced Outpatient Electroshock
16 February 2011 - Alert2
Court Orders Elizabeth Ellis to be Taken From Her Home for Refusing
Forced Outpatient Electroshock
Stop the Forced Electroshock of Elizabeth Ellis!
A judge has asked the Sheriff to pick up Elizabeth Ellis, 67, living
peacefully at home with her husband in Moorhead, Minnesota, and bring
her to a psychiatric institution.
The main reason? Elizabeth refused to report last month for another
involuntary court-ordered outpatient electroshock. Elizabeth may be
picked up "any minute," says her attorney.
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Latest News Updates about Elizabeth Campaign:
You may now visit a new "Elizabeth Campaign Gateway" for updates and
An international campaign has sprung up to help Elizabeth and her
husband say "No!" to her forced outpatient electroshock.
In the new Elizabeth Campaign Gateway you can find:
* A folder of court and agency documents you can download about
Elizabeth's forced electroshock, including the new court order to
transport her to a psychiatric institution for saying "no" to forced
* A personal plea Elizabeth made today after receiving her court
notice that a Sheriff may pick her up.
* An interview with Elizabeth on 12 Feb. on MindFreedom Free Web Radio.
* How to join a new Facebook Cause for Elizabeth.
* Learn how the same week 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
* 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.
Elizabeth told the MindFreedom office in an interview today:
"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. I'm in deep appreciation of MindFreedom
for putting out alerts."
Her husband Robert (see photo of the couple above) agreed: "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 electroshock."
For the latest info, check frequently at the Elizabeth Ellis Campaign
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