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Campaign To Stop Forced Electroshock of Elizabeth Ellis

Here you get information about the involuntary outpatient electroshock of Minnesota resident Elizabeth Ellis, 67, and MindFreedom's campaigns for this member's basic human rights.

Folder Documents: Involuntary Electroshock of Elizabeth Ellis
You may download copies of orders by courts and government agencies, involving the mandate of involuntary electroshock for Minnesota resident Elizabeth Ellis, including on an outpatient basis. Included is the order - signed on Valentine's Day, 14 February 2011 - ordering the Sheriff to pick up Elizabeth from her home, primarily for the 'crime' of not reporting for her involuntary outpatient electroshock last month.
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News Item Court Orders Elizabeth Ellis to be Taken From Her Home for Refusing Forced Outpatient Electroshock
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. Support a grassroots campaign to phone Minnesota's new governor at 651-201-3400.
Page Elizabeth Ellis has written a plea the world about her forced electroshock
After Elizabeth Ellis was notified a sheriff may pick her up from her home, simply for refusing to report for an involuntary outpatient electroshock, she e-mailed the following plea to MindFreedom.
Image Photo of Robert and Elizabeth Ellis, who say "no" to her forced outpatient electroshock
Robert and Elizabeth Ellis of Moorhead, Minnesota say "no" to the ongoing, involuntary, outpatient electroshock of Elizabeth, 67. Elizabeth has found strength in the support of her faith community in her effort to be free of forced electroshock.
News Item Elizabeth Ellis Back in Institution, At Risk of "Months" of "Maintenance" Forced Electroshock
Elizabeth Ellis, 67, is back in a psychiatric institution. Elizabeth had been living peacefully at home with her husband in Moorhead, Minnesota. Last month she stayed home rather than have another involuntary court-ordered outpatient electroshock. Two days ago, Minnesota mental health officials threatened to transport her to an institution for "months" of forced "maintenance" electroshocks. URGENT ACTION: Contact Elizabeth's elected federal officials.
Page ACTION: Please Ask Officials to Stop Forced Electroshock Elizabeth Ellis
Please contact these federal and state officials. They need to know that their constituent, Elizabeth Ellis, has received more than a dozen involuntary electroshocks, and is slated to receive more.
Image Ask Senator Al Franken to Support His Constituent, Elizabeth Ellis
Elizabeth Ellis of Minnesota has received more than a dozen involuntary electroshocks, including at least one on an outpatient basis. Please contact US Senator Al Franken to ask him to investigate and stop the psychiatric abuse of Elizabeth.
News Item Partial Win for Elizabeth Ellis: No Forced Electroshock Over Her Wishes!
Elizabeth Ellis, 67, a retired Minnesota teacher, has won a partial victory. After 13 involuntary court-ordered electroshocks, including one on an outpatient basis, MFI launched a campaign for Elizabeth. In a mixed ruling, the court has granted Elizabeth her main demand: The right to say "no" to electroshock, and she hears she will be discharged soon.
Page Elizabeth Ellis Legal Defense Fund Info
Latest news about supporting Legal Defense Fund for the right of Elizabeth Ellis to say "no" to forced electroshock.
File Court order about Elizabeth Ellis and involuntary electroshock: 25 April 2011
You may download the full 25 April 2011 court order, signed by District Court Judge Lisa N. Borgen, about the issue of involuntary electroshock (electroconvulsive therapy or ECT) of Elizabeth K. Ellis of Minnesota. Bottom line: Judge says "no" to involuntary electroshock... unless Elizabeth is at some point diagnosed "catatonic." [PDF file 3.9 megs.]
Page No Forced Electroshock! Summary of 25 April 2011 Court Order about Elizabeth Ellis
The ruling was mixed, but mainly was a victory for Elizabeth's goal of ending shock over her objection. The good news is the judge ruled Elizabeth Ellis cannot be given involuntary electroshock over her expressed wishes. (If Elizabeth continues to express her opposition vocally or in writing, she cannot technically be diagnosed "catatonic," which was the one loophole provided by the judge.) However, the judge did rule for a variety of other involuntary psychiatric interventions.
News Item Ask Sen. Al Franken: Stop Elizabeth Ellis Forced Electroshock
Elizabeth Ellis, 67, a retired Minnesota teacher, has already had 13 involuntary court-ordered electroshocks this winter, including one on an outpatient basis. For saying "no," she was locked up again. More forced shocks are planned. URGENT ACTION: Call Elizabeth's elected officials, starting with Sen. Al Franken.
News Item Victory for Elizabeth Ellis: At Home, No Forced Electroshock Over Her Wishes!
"Thank you, thank you, MindFreedom!" says Elizabeth Ellis, 67, a retired Minnesota teacher, who won her main goals: She has returned home, free of forced electroshocks. After 13 involuntary court-ordered electroshocks, including one on an outpatient basis, MFI launched a campaign for Elizabeth, and she has won.
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