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07-HR2387 on May 17, 2007

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: prohibiting mandatory mental health screening for students
Source: Parental Consent Act (H.R.2387 )
To prohibit the use of Federal funds for any universal or mandatory mental health screening program.

Introductory statement by Sponsor:

Rep. PAUL: This bill forbids Federal funds from being used for any universal or mandatory mental health screening of students without the express, written, voluntary, informed consent of their parents or legal guardian. This bill protects the fundamental right of parents to direct and control the upbringing and education of their children.

[A Congressional commission] recommends that universal or mandatory mental health screening first be implemented in public schools as a prelude to expanding it to the general public. However, neither the commission's report nor any related mental health screening proposal requires parental consent before a child is subjected to mental health screening. Federally-funded universal or mandatory mental health screening in schools without parental consent could lead to labeling more children as "ADD" or "hyperactive" and thus force more children to take psychotropic drugs, such as Ritalin, against their parents' wishes.

Many children have suffered harmful side effects from using psychotropic drugs. Some of the possible side effects include mania, violence, dependence, and weight gain. Yet, parents are already being threatened with child abuse charges if they resist efforts to drug their children. Imagine how much easier it will be to drug children against their parents' wishes if a Federally-funded mental health screener makes the recommendation.


  • Topic: Health Care
  • Headline: Prohibit mandatory mental health screen for students

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Democrats participating in 07-HR2387

Danny Davis s1oIllinois Democrat 



Republicans participating in 07-HR2387

Michele Bachmann s1oMinnesota Republican 
Roscoe Bartlett s1oMaryland Republican 
Marsha Blackburn s1oTennessee Republican 
Dan Burton s1oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Ken Calvert s1oCalifornia Republican 
Dave Camp s1oMichigan Republican 
John Doolittle s1oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Terry Everett s1oAlabama Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Jeb Hensarling s1oTexas Republican 
Duncan Hunter s1oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Thad McCotter s1oMichigan Republican 
Jeff Miller s1oFlorida Republican 
Marilyn Musgrave s1oColorado Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Randy Neugebauer s1oTexas Republican 
Ron Paul s1pPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Ted Poe s1oTexas Republican 
Mike Simpson s1oIdaho Republican 
Tom Tancredo s1oColorado Republican Governor challenger 
Tim Walberg s1oMichigan Republican 



Independents participating in 07-HR2387

Ginny Brown-Waite s1oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Tom Feeney s1oFlorida Former GOP 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 1
Republicans: 19
Independents: 2


















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