Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Presidential Candidate Against Mental Screening

Video of Ron Paul here at the recent debates:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Hfa7vT02lA

He won the debates according to ABC and MSNBC polls:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/BeSeenBeHeard/popup?id=3135373

http://www.ronpaul2008.typepad.com/

And this is what he has to say about mental screening:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul232.html

Psycho Feds Target Children
by Rep. Ron Paul, MD

Every parent in America should be made aware of a presidential
initiative called the "New Freedom Commission on Mental Health." This
commission issued a report last year calling for the mandatory mental
health screening of American schoolchildren, meaning millions of kids
will be forced to undergo psychiatric screening whether their parents
consent or not. At issue is the fundamental right of parents to decide
what medical treatment is appropriate for their children.

Forced mental health screening simply has no place in a free or decent
society. The government does not own you or your kids, and it has no
legitimate authority to interfere in your family's intimate health
matters. Psychiatric diagnoses are inherently subjective, and the drugs
regularly prescribed produce serious side effects, especially in
children's developing brains. The bottom line is that mental health
issues are a matter for parents, children, and their doctors, not
government.

Unfortunately, however, the mental health screening initiative received
funding from House and Senate appropriators in the 2005 federal budget.
This funding allows states to create or expand mental health screening
programs with your tax dollars. More importantly, the commission
recommends a broader federal program in the near future.

Last fall I introduced an amendment to eliminate any funding for the
proposal in a year-end spending bill. Although the amendment failed, the
response to my office was overwhelming and highly supportive. The notion
of federal bureaucrats ordering potentially millions of youngsters to
take psychotropic drugs like Ritalin strikes an emotional chord with
American parents, who are sick of relinquishing more and more parental
control to government.

Accordingly, the first bill I introduced this year forbids federal funds
from being used for any mental-health screening of students without the
express, written, voluntary, informed consent of their parents. The bill
is known as "The Parental Consent Act of 2005," or HR 181. This
legislation strikes a vital blow for parents who oppose government
interference with their parental authority, and strengthens the
fundamental right of parents to direct and control the upbringing and
education of their children.

It is important to understand that powerful interests, namely federal
bureaucrats and pharmaceutical lobbies, are behind the push for mental
health screening in schools. There is no end to the bureaucratic
appetite to run our lives, and the pharmaceutical industry is eager to
sell psychotropic drugs to millions of new customers in American
schools. Only tremendous public opposition will suffice to overcome the
lobbying and bureaucratic power behind the president's New Freedom
Commission.

Your help is needed. Please tell everyone you know about HR 181, and ask
them to call their representatives and senators in Washington to voice
strong opposition to forced mental health screening. Demand that the
Department of Health and Human Services receive no tax dollars in this
year's appropriation bill for screening programs, and that states
receive no federal dollars for programs of their own. Refer to my
congressional website for articles from September 2004 about mental
health screening, and sobering statistics about anti-depressant drugs
and kids in the text of HR 181. Most of all, talk with your friends,
family, and colleagues about the underlying issue of whether the state
owns your kids. Remind them that freedom can be maintained only when
state power is limited, especially when it comes to fundamental freedoms
over our bodies and minds.

February 1, 2005
Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.


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