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A sweeping government policy for all new births in the United States has just passed the House of Representatives and is now headed to the Senate. The Mother's Act, if passed, will mandate that all new mothers be screened by means of a list of subjective questions that will determine if each mother is mentally fit to take their newborn home from the hospital. Just imagine that after your child is born, you are told that you can't take them home since a multiple choice questionnaire wasn't answered correctly. Just imagine being told that the only way you can take your child home is if you or your spouse goes into treatment or on anti-depressants which we know causes psychosis, delusions, and even homicidal thoughts.
It just doesn't make sense. Unfortunately, this bill is on a fast track--No public debate, no public disclosure of the broad impact on our society and that is why we need you to act now!
The Mother's Act violates our Constitutional right to privacy and your right to liberty and it is just outright dangerous. That is why we need you to help stop this. We urgently need you to call and email each Senator on the HELP Committee and tell them you STRONGLY OPPOSE the MOTHER'S ACT and that you are OUTRAGED that there was NO public debate or disclosure on the impact this would have on our society as a whole.
Send a letter by going here: salsa.democracyina......
So, they test this mother and that she's a *risk* is registered and on file.
But - the mother is allowed to take her child home with promises to take *parenting classes* and *allow social services to stop by every day*.
The mother kills the newborn.
Who is going to pay?
The HOSPITAL - you got it!
And the defense lawyer for that *poor mother* will own the hospital before the circus is over.
So what’s going to happen to the next little newborn who's mother *might* be a risk?
It’s not going home now is it.
What will be the norm next?
*Thank goodness for those tests! All the babies saved! Just think, we used to just let any old woman take her child home! Now look how many children are being raised by the State or in Government approved homes - children that would have died."
This bill has been passed in the House. The bill now goes on to be voted on in the Senate. Keep in mind that debate may be taking place on a companion bill in the Senate, rather than on this particular bill. [Last Updated: Apr 18, 2009 3:36PM]
SCREENING AND REFERRAL- A State that receives a grant or contract under subsection (a)(1) shall ensure that new mothers, during visits to a physician, certified nurse midwife, certified midwife, nurse, or licensed healthcare professional who is licensed or certified by the State, within the first year after the birth of their child, are offered screenings for postpartum conditions by using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), or other appropriate tests. If the results of such screening provide warning signs for postpartum conditions, the new mother shall be referred to an appropriate mental healthcare provider.
Originally posted by cautiouslypessimistic
I have no problem with this. The amount of unfit parents out there is apalling. The question, though, is what are you going to do with the children whose parents are found unfit? Put them in an already broken state system?
This bill DID NOT just pass!! It was passed on March 30, which means it is gaining momentum in the senate......
Nothing sinister here.
Please call the following Senators on the HELP Committee and tell them that you want the Mother's Act to die in committee.
Lisa Murkowski, R: 202-224-6665, AK
John McCain, R: 202-224-2235, AZ
Christopher Dodd, D: 202-224-2823, CT
Johnny Isakson, R: 202-224-3643, GA
Tom Harkin, D: 202-224-3254, IA
Pat Roberts, R: 202-224-4774, KS
Edward Kennedy D: 202-224-4543, MA
Barbara Mikulski D: 202-224-4654, MD
Richard Burr, R: 202-224-3154, NC
Kay Hagan, D: 202-224-6342, NC
Judd Gregg, R: 202-224-3324, NH
Jeff Bingaman, D: 202-224-5521, NM
Sherrod Brown, D 202-224-2315, OH
Tom Coburn, R 202-224-5754, OK
Jeff Merkley, D 202-224-3753, OR
Bob Casey, D 202-224-6324, PA
Jack Reed, D 202-224-4642, RI
Lamar Alexander R 202-224-4944, TN
Orrin Hatch R 202-224-5251, UT
Bernard Sanders, I: 202-224-5141, VT
Patty Murray, D, 202-224-2621, WA
Michael Enzi, R, 202-224-3424, WY
offered screenings for postpartum conditions by using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), or other appropriate tests.
If the results of such screening provide warning signs for postpartum conditions, the new mother shall be referred to an appropriate mental healthcare provider.
H.R. 20 would encourage the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue ongoing activities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) related to research and dissemination of information concerning postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis. The bill also would direct the Secretary to provide grants to public or nonprofit entities to establish and operate programs that provide health care and support services to individuals with postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis
Originally posted by Iamonlyhuman
Before you start writing your Senators and embarassing yourselves, don't you think you should actually read the bill? It is NOT for testing of new mothers and says absolutely nothing about that. It IS for providing assistance to mothers who want to be in the program.
Do not assume that everything you read is true. Look for yourselves!
Apparently you can't link directly to a bill anymore, so go to the Library of Congress Search Page and type in H.R. 20.
And, by the way, save this link in your browser so you can actually read the bills from now on.
[edit on 22/4/2009 by Iamonlyhuman]