5200 people from all over the country and even from other countries have signed up to oppose President Bush’s New Freedom Commission's plan to screen every child in United States schools for “mental illness.” These citizens have joined together in the following statement: “We, the undersigned, solemnly declare that we will not allow our children to be the subjects of any form of implementation of New Freedom Commission recommendations to screen our children for signs of ‘mental illness.’"
(PRWEB) October 21, 2004 -- A Declaration of Refusal
Over 5000 people from all over the country and even from other countries have now signed up to oppose the President Bush’s New Freedom Commission's plan to screen every child in United States schools for “mental illness,” and get as many as possible on expensive, dangerous psychiatric drugs, in order to profit some of the primary contributors to his presidential campaign. Voices from all over America are being heard, saying "We promise to actively resist further intrusion of psychiatry into the public schools, and will not cooperate in any way with those who act as agents of this wrong-headed government initiative.
We do not now and will not later consent to the psychiatric or psychological testing of our children by those who act as agents to implement New Freedom recommendations for universal mental health screening of our children." Republicans and Democrats, Green Party and Libertarians and people with no political affiliation alike are all raising a cry to say that this plan will NOT go into effect.
U.S. Representative Ron Paul is fighting in Congress to stop funding for children’s mental health screening, and is the sponsoring author of HR 5236, a bill called “Let Parents Raise Their Kids,” which will deny funding for any mandatory mental health screening in the schools. Paul declared that “Parents must do everything possible to retain responsibility and control over their children’s well-being… The federal government is slowly but surely destroying real families, but it is hardly a benevolent surrogate parent.”
John Breeding, PhD, director of Texans for Safe Education (www.wildestcolts.org), a citizens group which sponsors the Declaration of refusal along with Parents for a Label and Drug Free Education, states that "Far more people are upset with the President for this plan than his margin of victory in Florida which gave him the election in 2000. I have rarely seen such a bipartisan outpouring of dissent. Parents everywhere are drawing the
A Series of articles by Jeanne Lenzer in the British Medical Journal are exposing the corruption behind the Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP), revealing that drug company money played a major role in TMAP development, which subsequently resulted in huge payoffs for their high dollar psychiatric drugs. The public is outraged that at least half of the New Freedom Commissioners were directly involved with TMAP.
Pennsylvania whistleblower Allen Jones states that, “The pharmaceutical industry has methodically compromised our political system at all levels and has systematically infiltrated the mental health service delivery system of this nation. They are poised to consolidate their grip via the New Freedom Commission and the Texas Medication Algorithm Project. The pervasive manipulation of clinical trials, the non-reporting of negative trials and the cover-up of debilitating and deadly side effects render meaningful informed consent impossible. Doctors and patients alike have been betrayed by the governmental entities and officials who are supposed to protect them.”
Able Child President Patricia Weathers, whose website posted the Declaration of Refusal on 9-04-04 states, “When did our government decide they had a right to override our Constitutional right to liberty and dictate to us how to live our lives? The rapid responses to this petition, 4,000 signatures in the first 3 days (and still growing rapidly), show the widespread support and decision to thwart the intentional and flagrant disregard of human rights inherent in universal mental health screening. We invite all parents and anyone concerned with protecting our children and families to join us by signing on at http://www.ablechild.org/declaration%20of%20refusal.aspx. We ask each individual to please contribute by spreading the word and aid in our defeat of this new intrusion initiative.”
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Source : http://www.prweb.com/releases/2004/10/prweb168919.htm