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Eagle Forum Alert
August 12, 2005

Protect Your Parental Rights! 
Tell your Representative to vote YES for the
Child Medication Safety Act and the Parental Consent Act!

The breakdown of parental rights continues with the latest tactic of pressuring parents to give their child needless prescription drugs. The following legislation is critical to take power away from government entities and put it back in the hands of parents:

Child Medication Safety Act (H.R. 1790)

  • Prevents public schools from forcing students and their parents to dispense controlled substances or psychotropic drugs to attend or receive services.

  • The poorest and most vulnerable, as well as minority children, will suffer the most without this bill. Over 60% of foster children in Texas, nearly two-thirds in Massachusetts, and 55% of foster children in Florida are on as many as 16 different psychiatric drugs, starting as young as age 3.

Parental Consent Act of 2005 (H.R. 181)

  • Prohibits federal funds for any universal or mandatory mental health screening program.

  • Mental Health Screening is ineffective. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found no evidence that screening for suicide risk reduces suicide attempts or mortality. There is limited evidence on the accuracy of screening tools to identify suicide risk in the primary care setting, including tools to identify those at high risk.

  • No concrete definitions. The 1999 Surgeon General's report on mental health admitted, "In other words, what it means to be mentally healthy is subject to many different interpretations that are rooted in value judgments that may vary across cultures."

Urge your Representative to co-sponsor and vote upon the Child Medication Protection Act and the Parental Consent Act to protect children from danger with labels and subjective diagnosis.

Take Action

Urge your Representatives to vote YES on this legislation!

Call Your Member of Congress Today!

Capitol Switchboard: (202)-224-3121

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