In Memory of Indiana: Effexor Infant Death, Antidepressants and Pregnancy – Mothers Act

A message from AbleChild

A Non-profit parents rights organization

Defeat Mother’s Act by Mother’s Day!

Please Take Action and Call Your Representative 

Ablechild has been following The Mother’s Act, a bill that clearly violates informed consent and places mothers and children at risk. This bill would mandate the government to screen all new mothers for subjective mental conditions.   We would like to update you on this act and request that you take the time to familiarize yourself with it.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Government to Test Moms for Baby Blues – a Sad Story

Pregnant and new mothers may be required to submit to government screening and treatment for depression if Democrats in Congress have their way.

The Melanie Blocker Stokes Mother’s Act, or S. 1375, is named after a pharmaceutical sales manager who killed herself by jumping out of a window after receiving four cocktails of antidepressants, anti-anxiety and antipsychotic drugs and electroshock therapy following the birth of her child.

The Mother’s Act would provide federal funding for a program to test women for depression, mood and anxiety disorders and postpartum psychosis. It would also supply government-determined “at-risk” mothers with antidepressant drugs.

Amy’s shocking story

Amy Philo, founder of United Nonprofits and Individuals for Truth and Ethics (UNITE) and co-founder of Children and Adults Against Drugging America, has testified in Food and Drug Administration hearings on antidepressants. She strongly opposes the act because she says the drugs nearly ruined her life following delivery of her first child. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Mother’s Act Killed by Senate

Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:37

Senate kills massive bill to create new programs

The Mother’s Act (a bill that would inevitably land pregnant and new mother’s on psychiatric medications).

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — The Senate has killed a massive bill to create programs for probing civil rights crimes, combating child pornography and supposedly help new mothers overcome depression. Read the rest of this entry »

Theory: Mental Health Screening Saves Lives…

In a post on a quickly expanding Yahoo Group named “Atypical_Antipsychotics*” one group member writes:

“According to NAMI*, mental health screening (such as Teen Screen) saves lives by identifying suicidal youths. I have seen no facts or evidence to back this up.

Hmmmmmm………

Here are some facts:

1. Mental health screening leads to labels (one study apparently had an 83% positive rate on the teen screen). (People who are not screened/tested/evaluated are not labeled).

2. Labels often lead to psychiatric drugs. (If you are not labeled you are not drugged. If you are labeled, drugging is not unlikley).

3. Labels can lead to unemployment (discrimination still exists despite the promise of equality promoted in the ADA). Read the rest of this entry »

Mother’s Act: Is it a Violation of Informed Consent?

The Mother’s Act is the screening of pregnant women for any signs of mental illness, prior to giving birth and after birth.  The bill mandates use of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), shown to triple the number of women “diagnosed.”  The first question on the EPDS test is “I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things.”  If a mother cannot laugh and see the funny side of things perhaps it is due to lack of sleep, (which will eventually improve), hormonal imbalances that can be addressed by the doctor or thyroid problems for which new mother’s should be regularly screened.  Mothers and family members should be educated on what to expect from being a new mother not drugged which results in additional mental and physical symptoms.   Read the rest of this entry »