Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Mother's Act - Let Your Voice Be Heard On This One

"The Mother's Act" (H.R. 20) is a bill that calls for programs to be established whereby pregnant women can be screened for mental disorders and new mothers can be screened for "postpartum depression" which we all know will most likely result in them being prescribed dangerous antidepressants or other psychiatric drugs. The legislation was introduced 1/4/2007 by Rep. Bobby L.Rush, [IL-1]

A Senate Bill and a House Bill were introduced this year for this legislation. The House Bill is right NOW in the Energy and Commerce Committee and a vote is scheduled for today (Thursday 9/27) whereupon it will go to the House floor next week. The bill provides more appropriations for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research into "postpartum depression" and biological treatments (drugs). In the past few years there have been many reports about conflict of interest between the NIH and drug makers. Concerns and investigations have centered around the issue that federal grant money should not go to scientists who may be predisposed to get results that favor their drug company sponsors.

This bill also is called the `Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act' and is intended to "To provide for research on, and services for individuals with, postpartum depression and psychosis." (Bill Summary)

You should contact your Congressional representatives and let them know how you feel about this one!