Tuesday, June 28, 2005

TeenScreen Protest

From The Illinois Leader:
Monday, June 27, 2005
As a father of a 9 year old with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, I fiercely resent the efforts of the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP).

This group was formed out of legislation, the Illinois Children's Mental Health Act of 2003, It had no dissenting votes in the State Senate and just 5 in the House. On June 30th 2005, the ICMHP will turn over to Gov. Blagojevich a comprehensive plan of subjectively needed "mental health services" for Illinois' children.

Some lawmakers want to repeal this act, the first state to enact such under an initiative of President Bush. They claim they had no idea this law would subject the parents of Illinois children to educators, bureaucrats and so-called experts who think they know what's best for our kids.

Since mental health is subjective, much fear exists about the state taking control over our children and undermining parental authority. Such fears are rightly founded.

It's shameful that only five lawmakers saw thru the smoke and mirrors. It's clear most lawmakers don't read these bills thoroughly to see what's there. And though efforts are underway to repeal or at least allow opt-ins for such services, the damage may be done.

Illinois citizens with school age children, insist your lawmakers repeal this outrageous act and the governor not enforce it. The state has meddled enough with our children thru items like mandatory vaccinations and pending very early childhood education legislation.

It's time we say HANDS OFF our kids now and HANDS ON to ousting Illinois legislators!
Nedd Kareiva, Chicago


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