This is a companion post to:
There are 800,000 new cases of postpartum depression recorded in the U.S. each year. However, the actual number is much, much higher, because 40% of women who suffer postpartum symptoms go undiagnosed. For the women who get treatment, there is a 90% recovery rate. For the 40% undiagnosed, there is obviously a 0% recovery rate.
Who could possibly be opposed to trying to reach and help that 40%?
Here is specifically what the MOTHERS act seeks to achieve:
1. Ensure that new mothers are:
a. educated, along with their families, about postpartum depression
b. screened for symptoms
c. provided with essential services.
2. Increase research into the causes, diagnoses, and treatments for postpartum depression.
THAT’S IT. Now let’s see what lies the right wing religious fanatics have come up with in order to STOP this bill.
“In a mysterious leap of faith the bill says that this condition requires medication to treat it even though such medication has never been proven clinically effective and carries serious side effect risks for the mother and baby, including cardiovascular birth defects.”
A 90% recovery rate soundly refutes “never been proven clinically effective”. The most egregious lie, however, is the part about serious side effect risks for [i]the baby[/i]. No where in the act does it state that a pregnant woman would be treated for postpartum depression. Postpartum is a state mutually exclusive from the pregnant state.
"Will the doctor's force the woman to take the drugs?”
This question is outrageous on its face.
“It would very likely lead to forcing women to take certain medications, which can have very serious mental side effects. It is no coincidence that many of the supporters of this bill are part of the abortion lobby. Mandating screening of women for postpartum depression is more government intrusion and has an anti-family agenda. It could even lead to forced contraception, sterilization, or abortion in the future.”
Once again, the entire statement is outrageous. The worst is the accusation of an anti-family agenda. This is a complete 180 degree turn from the reality of the bill. Nothing could be more pro-family than treating a new mother for an extremely serious, debilitating, an sometimes life threatening illness.
Postpartum Depression is VERY serious. Just a reminder about how serious this is, here is what has gone on in just Texas in the last 5 years alone:
Four women, including Andrea Yates, have been charged with murdering their children while suffering from severe postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis. Lisa Ann Diaz of
Plano drowned her two daughters; Deanna Laney of Tyler fatally beat her two sons; Dena Schlosser of Plano dismembered her baby daughter; and Andrea Yates, drowned her five children. Most recently, Gilberta Estrada-Vega of Parker County hanged
herself and her three daughters, one of whom survived.
The latter part of the statement is particularly dishonest:
“It could even lead to forced contraception, sterilization, or abortion”. How anyone could reach such a conclusion is beyond me.
The article by Mike Adams has the first lie right in the title:
“MOTHERS Act Seeks to Drug Expectant Mothers with Antidepressants to “Treat” Postpartum Depression”
Of course the MOTHERS act does no such thing, as has already been explained. Postpartum means, obviously, after the woman has given birth. Also, it’s interesting how the word [i]treat[/i] is in quotes.
The lie in the title is restated in the first sentence:
“A new law being considered in the U.S. Congress would attempt to prevent postpartum depression in new moms by drugging them with SSRI antidepressant drugs while they’re still pregnant.”
The lie continues and gets more outrageous.
“SSRI drugs have never been approved for use on newborns, yet this new MOTHERS Act will effectively drug unborn babies and newborns with drugs like Prozac. This will certainly have an impact on their developing brains, and the bulk of the research available today shows that the impact will be negative. Will these children be more prone to violent thoughts and behavior? Will they contemplate suicide at younger ages? And what will be the impact of the drugs on the mother?”
Again, no where in the act does it state anything about treating pregnant women with medication. NO WHERE.