State of Texas Archives: on Families & Children
Let parents decide on mental health screening for kids
Every parent in America should be made aware of a presidential initiative called the “New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.” This commission issued a report last year calling for the mandatory mental health screening of American schoolchildren,
meaning millions of kids will be forced to undergo psychiatric screening whether their parents consent or not. At issue is the fundamental right of parents to decide what medical treatment is appropriate for their children.
Forced mental health screening simply has no place in a free or decent society. The government does not own you or your kids, and it has no legitimate authority to interfere in your family’s intimate health matters. Psychiatric diagnoses are
inherently subjective, and the drugs regularly prescribed produce serious side effects, especially in children’s developing brains. The bottom line is that mental health issues are a matter for parents, children, and their doctors, not government.
Source: Weekly column, “Texas Straight Talk”
Jan 31, 2005
George W. Bush:
More daycare funds; caseworkers; “Second Chance” homes
Bush’s 1999 legislative record included:
Source: GeorgeWBush.com/News/ “1999 Texas Legislative Record”
Jun 25, 1999
- Increased funding for child care for low-income families.
- Provided funding for an additional 380 child protective caseworkers to “rescue children before they become a tragic statistic.”
funds for four pilot “Second Chance” homes for unwed teenage moms.
Supports abstinence education in schools
Sadler supports the following principles concerning education.
Source: Texas State 1998 National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 1998
- Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
- Increase state funds for school construction and facility maintenance.
- Increase state funds for hiring of additional
- Allow parents to send their children to the public school of their choice.
- Advocate bilingual education programs in public schools.
- Fund public school education in Texas by increasing state taxes rather than local property taxes.
George W. Bush:
Teach kids right (abstinence) and wrong (drugs & gangs)
We must teach our children right from wrong. We live in a culture of moral indifference, where movies and videos glamorize violence and tolerance is touted as a great virtue. Respect for other ideas must not be confused with tolerance of actions that are
harmful. There are right choices in life and wrong choices. We must teach our children to say no to drugs & alcohol, no to violence & gangs and yes to staying in school, yes to making healthy choices and yes to abstaining from sex until marriage.
Source: Powell Lecture Series, Texas A&M Univ.
Apr 6, 1998
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