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Feds target Children. Pass this along
« on: Mar 08, 2005, 11:32:41 PM »
Psycho Feds Target Children - By Rep. Ron Paul, MD

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Psycho Feds Target Children
By Rep. Ron Paul, MD

    Every parent in America should be made aware of a presidential
initiative called the "New Freedom Commission on Mental Health." This
commission issued a report last year calling for the mandatory mental
health
screening of American schoolchildren, meaning millions of kids will
be
forced to undergo psychiatric screening whether their parents consent
or not. At issue is the fundamental right of parents to decide what
medical treatment is appropriate for their children.

   Forced mental health screening simply has no place in a free or
decent society. The government does not own you or your kids, and it
has no
legitimate authority to interfere in your family's intimate health
matters. Psychiatric diagnoses are inherently subjective, and the
drugs
regularly prescribed produce serious side effects, especially in
children's developing brains. The bottom line is that mental health
issues are a
matter for parents, children, and their doctors, not government.

   Unfortunately, however, the mental health screening initiative
received funding from House and Senate appropriators in the 2005
federal
budget. This funding allows states to create or expand mental health
screening programs with your tax dollars. More importantly, the
commission
recommends a broader federal program in the near future.

   Last fall I introduced an amendment to eliminate any funding for
the
proposal in a year-end spending bill. Although the amendment failed,
the response to my office was overwhelming and highly supportive. The
notion of federal bureaucrats ordering potentially millions of
youngsters
to take psychotropic drugs like Ritalin strikes an emotional chord
with
American parents, who are sick of relinquishing more and more
parental
control to government.

   Accordingly, the first bill I introduced this year forbids federal
funds from being used for any mental-health screening of students
without the express, written, voluntary, informed consent of their
parents.
The bill is known as "The Parental Consent Act of 2005," or HR 181.
This
legislation strikes a vital blow for parents who oppose government
interference with their parental authority, and strengthens the
fundamental
right of parents to direct and control the upbringing and education
of
their children.

   It is important to understand that powerful interests, namely
federal bureaucrats and pharmaceutical lobbies, are behind the push
for
mental health screening in schools. There is no end to the
bureaucratic
appetite to run our lives, and the pharmaceutical industry is eager
to sell
psychotropic drugs to millions of new customers in American schools.
Only tremendous public opposition will suffice to overcome the
lobbying
and bureaucratic power behind the president's New Freedom Commission.

   Your help is needed. Please tell everyone you know about HR 181,
and
ask them to call their representatives and senators in Washington to
voice strong opposition to forced mental health screening. Demand
that
the Department of Health and Human Services receive no tax dollars in
this year's appropriation bill for screening programs, and that
states
receive no federal dollars for programs of their own. Refer to my
congressional website for articles from September 2004 about mental
health
screening, and sobering statistics about anti-depressant drugs and
kids in
the text of HR 181. Most of all, talk with your friends, family, and
colleagues about the underlying issue of whether the state owns your
kids. Remind them that freedom can be maintained only when state
power is
limited, especially when it comes to fundamental freedoms over our
bodies and minds.

Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from  Texas.







"Children learn what they live"


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RE: Feds target Children. Pass this along
« Reply #1 on: Mar 09, 2005, 05:19:18 PM »
OMG!

I'm homeschooling my son this next year because of crap like this.

Thanks for the heads up.

 

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