Parental Consent Act, H.R. 181 Bill # H.R.181
Original Sponsor: Ron Paul (R-TX 14th)
Cosponsor Total: 37 (last sponsor added 05/24/2005) 37 Republicans About This Legislation:
The American tradition of parents deciding what is best for their children is under attack. Powerful corporations, institutions, and politicians are quietly moving to have the federal government implement universal mental-health screening of children.
This would likely lead to the forced drugging of children.
The New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (a presidential commission formed in 2002) is the front group for this attack on the family. Michael Hogan, chairman of the commission and director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health, thinks universal screening is a good idea.
It's just that Mr. Hogan fears recommending it now is "a little premature and probably controversial" although it "might be the right thing to do." (Christian Science Monitor, January 20, 2005)
A little premature? Probably controversial? You bet it is!
No parental consent? The right thing to do? No it is not!
H.R. 181 would prohibit the use of federal funds for any universal or mandatory mental-health screening program.
Congress and President Bush can act quickly when they want to act. In 2003, the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in less than six weeks.
Since they acted quickly to stop telemarketers from calling people at home, they certainly should act just as quickly now to block the forced mental screening of children.