Thursday, August 21, 2008

Mother’s Act could put all Americans on Antidepressants

The MOTHER’S Act is named for Melanie Stokes, who committed suicide in 2001. She was undergoing postpartum psychiatric treatment with a myriad of drugs in addition to electroshock therapy. Apparently they still use electroshock treatment. Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) brought this bill called the Mothers Act “Advancing America Priorities Act (S.3297) up before the recess in late July as part of the Coburn Omnibus Package. The bill’s lead sponsor is Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who has accepted more than $300,000 from pharmaceutical donors during the last election cycle. It is also co-sponsored by Senator Barak Obama (D-ILL), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) among others. The bill is designed to screen and treat pregnant and new mothers across the U.S. at risk for mental disorders. This could put virtually every mother and every child on anti-depressants (SSRI’s) in America (also see Many of the groups backing the bill also receive funds from or have members working for pharmaceutical companies. The bill indicates the mothers must be “screened” for mental disorders during pregnancy. This ultimately could mean every mother would essentially have to see the “Psych” at a hospital during her pregnancy. The “Psych’s” who are fully backed by BigPharma could recommend every pregnant mother to take an antidepressant (SSRI) such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft etc. Presently almost 50% of all American’s are using some kind of prescription drug, and the most of these prescription drugs are antidepressants according to a recent report by the CDC (Center for Disease Control). BigPharma could have every American on one of their drugs.
According to in January 2008, the New England Journal of Medicine published suppressed data from drug companies that proved antidepressants work no better than a placebo. Also data from the FDA MedWatch system, from 2004-2007, show an estimated 2,900 babies have died via spontaneous abortion because of SSRI antidepressants given to pregnant women. Studies demonstrate that antidepressants double spontaneous abortions and stillbirths and quintuple preterm births. Babies exposed to SSRIs in pregnancy have a six-fold increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), a potentially fatal lung problem. Nearly one third of women who take SSRIs during pregnancy have a baby who dies, is premature, or who has seizures. Your government is force feeding this atrocious bill to mothers and babies. Is this change you can believe in? This bill forebodes disaster to future generations. Please take action now and sign the petition below to stop this insanity. Humankind has had babies for 100’s of thousands of years without the need for drugs. Join us and take action against the drug monopoly of your human rights.
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