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Congressman Offers Amendment Prohibiting
Universal Health Screening

September 8, 2004

Physician and Republican Congressman Ron Paul will offer an amendment prohibiting funding for universal mental health screening programs to Labor/Health and Human Services/Education appropriations bill, HR 5006, to be debated on the US House floor on Wednesday and Thursday, September 8th and 9th. 

A coalition of groups is supporting the amendment, including EdAction, Eagle Forum, Concerned Women for America, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Gun Owners of America, the Liberty Committee, the Alliance for Human Research Protection, the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, and Freedom 21.

The New Freedom Commission has recommended universal mental health screening and the drugging of children resulting in many thousands if not millions of children receiving stigmatizing diagnoses that would follow them for the rest of their lives. America’s school children should not be medicated by expensive, ineffective, and dangerous medications based on vague and dubious diagnoses.

More information is available at http://www.edwatch.org/updates/071404.htm and http://www.edwatch.org/ab_federal.html.

Here is a very brief summary:

1) Parental rights are unclear or non-existent under these screening programs.

2)   Parents are already being coerced to put their children on psychiatric medications and some children are dying because of it.

3)    Merging screening with the academic standards required by No Child Left Behind, as is happening in Illinois, will lead to diagnosis for political reasons.

4)    Mental health screening does not prevent suicide.

5)    Mental health diagnoses are “subjective” and “social constructions” as admitted by the authors of the diagnostic manuals themselves. 

6)    Most psychiatric medications do not work in children

7)   The side effects of these medications in children are severe.


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