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|NUMBER 177||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||OCTOBER 2000|
New 'Cornerstone' for Big Brother|
Cornerstone application forms are included in school registration packets. Parents are asked to "fill out and sign the attached form so that we can enter your child's shot record into our Illinois Public Health Department computer system." Commissioner Kathy Rothschild, a member of the Illinois Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, explains that every state has such databases. "Bureaucrats try to coerce parents to give them permission to collect their child's personal and confidential medical records by using the excuse that doctors need to prevent immunization records from being lost. The real purpose is to enter all American children into a national computerized medical records database so that they can be tracked for the rest of their lives."
It continues: "This authorization covers all the medical, social and financial information about the participant, including background and demographic information; health visit information; medical and developmental history; prenatal, birth, and postpartum data; infant/child visit data; immunization records; participants risks; services received; goals and care plan; WIC food packages; program information; information required by the federal Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program and the Part C Early Intervention Program. This authorization also covers information about mental health, AIDS, HIV, sexually transmissible diseases, alcoholism, and drug use . . . "
Illinois pro-family leader Fran Eaton reports that a growing public debate has erupted on the ethics of the state accumulating such information that may, in the near future, be obtained by other government agencies. "These requests for private information are inappropriate," she says. "We intend to bring the matter to the attention of elected officials."