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2/20/2006 6:39:23 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Calls Needed: Protect Children from Mental Health Screenings

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February 21, 2006

Iowa--Calls Needed: Protect Children from Mental Health Screenings

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Calls are needed to stop Iowa Senate File 2162, which would subject
normal children to government mental health screenings. The likely
result from these "screenings" is that many children will be labeled,
stigmatized, and even prescribed behavior-controlling drugs.

While the bill says these screenings or mental health interrogations
would be "voluntary," few children or parents are prepared to resist
the pressure and even threats that some public school officials often
apply. In Palmdale, California, for example, hundreds of parents
"voluntarily" agreed to have their children answer a harmless-sounding
"assessment" questionnaire. They were shocked to discover that their
children were asked immoral and offensive questions.

This bill is just a stepping stone to further encroachment of the
government into the family. It is foreseeable that if this bill
passes there will be an attempt to make the "screening" mandatory, and
to "screen" for many other issues. Last year, for example, Indiana
adopted a bill moving the state toward screening not only for mental
health, but also for social and behavioral health.

ACTION REQUESTED:

If your senator is listed below, please call him with this message:
"Please vote against S.F. 2162. Routine mental health screenings will
lead to many children needlessly being labeled, stigmatized, and
prescribed drugs."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler but rather as a "concerned
parent."

You may call your senator at the Iowa Senate switchboard: (515)
281-3371, or at his home number, which is listed below.

Members of the S.F. 2162 Senate Human Resources Subcommittee are:

Amanda Ragan
(614) 424-0974

James A. Seymour
(712) 64702699

Jack Hatch
(515) 243-2033

Maggie Tinsman
(563) 332-5522


Use our legislative toolbox to find your senator's name at:
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox

To view the text of the bill go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2841

To view the Palmdale decision go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2842

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,


Scott A. Woodruff,
HSLDA Staff Attorney
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