From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/17/2006 2:30:30 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Califonia--Legislative Newsflash from FPM

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 17, 2006

AB 291 - Postpartum Screening (Assembly Member Paul Koretz) -
positively amended before dying in the Assembly - a Major Victory!!

HSLDA is passing on this NEWSFLASH from Roy Hanson and Jim Davis of
Family Protection Ministries (FPM).

God gave grace to all families as we opposed this bill until it was
later amended to protect innocent mothers of newborn children from
being subjected to unconstitutionally intrusive scrutiny of their
private lives.

California Assembly Bill AB 291, as it was initially introduced last
year, would have required (under threat of a fine) that doctors screen
pregnant women and new mothers for "postpartum mood and anxiety
disorders" at least seven different times, starting with the first
prenatal visit and ending no earlier than the child's 12 month well
baby visit.

This screening would have subjected expectant and new mothers to an
involuntary, intrusive, and highly subjective psychological evaluation
with unknown repercussions. We thank God that the author of AB 291
removed this objectionable requirement before it later died in the

No action is required on AB 291.

Permission given to reprint or forward this Newsflash unaltered to
your friends, church, school, and group.

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Private & Home Educators of California
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Lincoln, CA 95648-0730
Fax: (916) 415-9470

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P.O. Box 100
Somerset, CA 95684-0100
Fax: (530) 622-4717

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