Saturday, March 01, 2008

URGENT Mothers Act: Watch videos and take action

There are two videos about "The Mother's Act" (S. 1375, also proposed as H.R. 20), a federal bill that is dangerous to mothers and their newborns but being promoted under the guise of ensuring that “new mothers and their families are educated about postpartum depression, screened for symptoms, and provided with essential services….”  This is quite simply, false, and the video shows exactly the effect this bill will have; it will push more mothers onto dangerous antidepressant drugs documented by the U.S. FDA to cause mania, psychosis, hallucinations, suicidal ideation and in some cases, homicidal ideation (as with the antidepressant Effexor).  There is no language in the bill requiring full disclosure of the drug risks to mothers prescribed psychotropic drugs, (the most common "treatment" for mothers diagnosed with post partum depression), no language requiring mothers be given options for non-harmful treatments and real medical care other than drugs. So please watch the videos, take action and above all — pass this email on to everyone you know.

 1) Watch one mother's story of what happened to her when she was "helped" by the same type of psychiatric intervention that this bill proposes:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=LQW23XCmOCw

 2) Watch her newscast gathering support:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=W4B8I_8wz6I

Then take action

1) Sign onto the petition against the Mothers Act here:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-the-dangerous-and-invasive-mothers-act

2) The bill is currently in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee as S. 1375.   It is now scheduled for a vote on March 5th so calls and faxes are needed NOW. You can follow the simple instructions below.

(If you fax, you can use the same letter and simply add the Senator's name to the top of the fax, sending each Senator his own fax.)

Whether you call or fax, keep your message simple:

You are opposed because of the damage that will be done to mothers and infants due to the treatment that will result from the legislation. There is no language in the bill warning that the psychotropic drugs prescribed for "depression" can cause damage to both mother and child and that this is a complete violation of informed consent.

Use your own words... keep it brief, mention the bill number — S. 1375.

Call/Fax list:

Republicans

Sen. Michael B. Enzi (WY)
Tele: 202-224-3424
Fax: 202-228-0359

Sen. Judd Gregg (NH)
Tele: 202-224-3324
Fax: 202-224-4952

Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN)
Tele: 202-224-4944
Fax: 202-228-3398

Sen. Richard Burr (NC)
Tele: 202-224-3154
Fax: 202-228-2981

Sen. Johnny Isakson (GA)
Tele: 202-224-3643
Fax: 202-228-0724

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Tele: 202-224-6665
Fax: 202-224-5301

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (UT)
Tele: 202-224-5251
Fax: 202-224-6331

Sen. Pat Roberts (KS)
Tele: 202-224-4774
Fax: 202-224-3514

Sen. Wayne Allard (CO)
Tele: 202-224-5941
Fax: 202-224-6471

Sen. Tom Coburn (OK)
Tele: 202-224-5754
Fax: 202-224-6008

Democrats by Rank

Edward Kennedy (MA)
Tele: 202-224-4543
Fax: 202-224-2417

Christopher Dodd (CT) - a co-sponsor of the bill.
Tele: 202-224-2823
Fax: 202-224-1083

Tom Harkin (IA)
Tele: 202-224-3254
Fax: 202-224-9369

Barbara Mikulski (MD)
Tele: 202-224-4654
Fax: 202-224-8858

Jeff Bingaman (NM)
Tele: 202-224-5521
Fax: 202-224-2852

Patty Murray (WA)
Tele: 202-224-2621
Fax: 202-224-0238

Jack Reed (RI)
Tele: 202-224-4642
Fax: 202-224-4680

Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY)
Tele: 202-224-4451
Fax: 202-228-0282

Barack Obama (IL) - a co-sponsor of the bill
Tele: 202-224-2854
Fax: 202-228-4260

Bernard Sanders (VT) - a co-sponsor of the bill
Tele: 202-224-5141
Fax: 202-228-0776

Sherrod Brown (OH) - a co-sponsor of the bill
Tele: 202-224-2315
Fax: 202-228-6321

 
 

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