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Friday, September 17, 2004

Further Evidence that the Paranoid View is Correct

Wendy McElroy reports on the Ron Paul Amendment:

On Sept. 9, the 'Ron Paul Amendment' was defeated in the House of Representatives by a vote of 95-315.
The Amendment would have prevented the funds sought by an appropriations bill (HR 5006) from being used for the mandatory mental-health screening of Americans, including public schoolchildren.
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, a practicing physician for more than 30 years, campaigned against the new program on the grounds that it negates parental rights and would encourage the over-medication of children.
Prior to the House vote, Paul had vehemently denounced mandatory mental-health screening in a letter to fellow congressmen.
Paul wrote, "[P]sychotropic drugs are increasingly prescribed for children who show nothing more than children's typical rambunctious behavior. Many children have suffered harmful effects from these drugs. Yet some parents have even been charged with child abuse for refusing to drug their children. The federal government should not promote national mental-health screening programs that will force the use of these psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin."

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