The Canary Party Supports the Parental Consent Act of 2011

This month Ron Paul released a video discussing the abuse of power displayed in both the Mary Anne Godboldo case, and in the reports of the massive drugging of children in foster care, that has resulted in children being forced onto psychoactive medications that are not in their best interests.  Paul echoed the values of the Canary Party that medical decisions for children should be made by parents, not by a coercive and unaccountable bureaucracy rife with conflicts of interest.

In light of this continued assault on children, Dr. Paul has reintroduced the Parental Consent Act, which protects families from mandatory mental health screenings that can be used to diagnose mental health issues against parental wishes, and to force families to place children on psych meds, some of which contain black box warnings and have terrible and even deadly adverse outcomes.  We urge all members of The Canary Party to call and write to their representatives and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 2769, and its companion bill in the Senate, S. 1800.


The Canary Party is pleased to join other groups who want to keep individual health care decisions in the hands of the

individuals and families who will bear the consequences of these decisions, and endorse the Parental Consent Act of 2011.  

Dear Member of the House of Representatives

We the undersigned representing millions of concerned citizens, are writing to ask you to support HR2769, The Parental Consent Act of 2011. This bill, recently re-introduced by Congressman Ron Paul forbids federal funds from being used for any universal or mandatory mental-health screening of students without the express, written, voluntary, informed consent of their parents or legal guardians. This bill protects parents’ fundamental right to directly control the upbringing and education of their children.

In 2003 a report by the federal government’s, New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, it was recommended that all 52 million American schoolchildren be screened for “mental illness”,claiming–without a shred of scientific evidence–that “early detection, assessment, and links with treatment” could “prevent mental health problems from worsening”. 


These screenings have come under fire. One of the recommended screening programs for schools, called TeenScreen has been highly criticized. Even Dr. David Shaffer, the psychiatrist that helped developed it, admitted that use of this screening method could produce 84 non-suicidal teens to be referred for further evaluation for every 16 youths “correctly identified”.

In October 2004, the FDA ordered its most stringent “black box” warning: that antidepressants also cause suicide in children and adolescents.


In 2006, the FDA also revealed that stimulants–prescribed to 2.5 million American children for so-called “learning” or “behavioral disorders”–could cause hallucinations, psychosis, strokes, heart attacks and death.

About the same time, the public was also warned that there had been 45 child deaths from antipsychotic drugs, largely prescribed for the same “disorders.”

Still, psychiatrists claim that antidepressants decrease suicide, but according to a Journal of the American Medical Association study, “Despite a dramatic increase in treatment, no significant decrease occurred in suicidal thoughts, plans, gestures, or attempts in the United States during the 1990s.”


A 2005 study by Dr. David Healy and Graham Aldred from the North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University, Wales, reported that the studies of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants show that they increase the risk of suicide.

As for violence, at least 12 of the recent school shootings have been committed by students taking or withdrawing from these prescribed mind-altering drugs. The medical information of the other teen killers is not publicly available.

Parents need to be informed that unlike medical diseases, there is no x-ray, blood or other physical test to determine if a child has a “mental disorder,” that mental health screening is based on subjective questions, not medical science, and that any “informed consent” form must contain the above information.


Furthermore, written parental consent must be required for any screening initiative dealing with school children and minors.  Recent media has shown more and more parents standing up for that right.


We respectfully urge your support of The Parental Consent Act (HR 2769) by becoming a co-sponsor.                  


Contact:   John Spagnola, Phone: (727) 224 0700/ email:


Gretchen DuBeau, Executive and Legal Director

Alliance for Natural Health


Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director

Association of American Physicians & Surgeons


Star Parker, President

Center for Urban Renewal and Development


Chuck Muth, President

Citizen Outreach


James J. Gormley, V.P., Senior Policy Advisor

Citizens for Health


Mark Lerner, Co-Founder

Constitutional Alliance


Phyllis Schlafly, Founder and President

Eagle Forum


Odette J. Wilkins, Esq., Executive Director

Equal Justice Alliance


Grover Norquist


Joseph K. Grieboski, Chairman of the Board

The Institute on Religion and Public Policy


Michael D. Ostrolenk, National Director

Liberty Coalition


David James, President

The Liberty Committee


Karen R. Effrem, M.D.

President of Education, Liberty Watch


James Landrith, Founder

The Multiracial Activist


Kathryn Serkes, Chairman & CEO

Patient Power Alliance


John Whitehead

President The Rutherford Institute


Ginger Taylor, M.S.

Executive Director, The Canary Party


Dr. Richard Land, President

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission


Dane vonBreichenruchardt, President

U. S. Bill of Rights Foundation