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 »