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The MOTHERS Act: Thalidomide Revisited?
Date:5/23/2008

by Fred A. Baughman, Jr., MD** & Amy Philo*

SAN DIEGO, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch reported that on Mother's Day, May 10, 1998, Sharon Alley stabbed her eight month old daughter, Brooke in the heart, killing her. Months before, Alley was prescribed Paxil, became psychotic, and threw then five-week-old Brooke to the floor, fracturing her skull.

Postpartum Support International (PSI) founder Jane Honikman told The Times-Dispatch that Americans don't understand post-partum depression (PPD) and that this "mental illness" is the reason mothers like Sharon Alley kill their children.

In 2007 the House of Representatives passed H.R. 20, "The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act," which mandates mental health screening for all new mothers and referral to a mental health provider for "essential services" for any mother "at risk" of PPD. The bill mandates use of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), shown to triple the number of women "diagnosed." Swedish researchers recently urged: "Public health authorities should not advocate screening of unproved value." (Krantz, et al, 2008)

S. 1375 / H.R. 20 "The MOTHERS Act" is named for Melanie Stokes, who committed suicide when 3 1/2 months postpartum, following "treatment" with electroshock therapy and myriad drugs, including antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and antipsychotics. Melanie jumped from a 12-story hotel window in Chicago after her fourth psychiatric hospitalization. PSI claims Melanie's treatments for PPD were too little, too late.

The fundamental fact of the matter is that not a single psychiatric "diagnosis" or "disorder" is an actual disease. A disease must have a demonstrable physical abnormality, such as cancer cells on a "Pap" smear or biopsy, or high blood sugar in diabetes, or uric acid in gout. The only actual abnormality -- disease in any mother "treated" with drugs for "PPD" is the intoxication-poisoning due to ingesti
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