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HR 20 Or The MOTHERS Act Opens Up State Control Over Family Planning

April 22, 2009

By: Lee Rogers

The terrorists in the federal government have passed yet another insane piece of legislation that proves that their only purpose is to vote in favor of laws that destroy freedom and enslave humanity. The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of House Resolution 20 or the Melanie Blocker Stokes Mom’s Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research, and Support for Postpartum Depression Act – MOTHERS Act for short. This bill would give the government the authority through the Health and Human Services Department to deliver education and so called services for individuals with or at risk for postpartum conditions. It would also allow the government to provide funds for support services to families who have family members with postpartum conditions. Although this sounds innocent, the problem with this bill is that the language is so incredibly broad that the government could potentially setup programs that would prevent mothers from taking their new born children home with them unless they pass screening tests. Under the guise of helping people, this bill opens up a can of worms that could potentially open up a new level of government control over who gets to be parents and who doesn’t.

As crazy as this sounds, the bill actually passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 391 to 8. After all, who would be against helping people with a postpartum condition? With that said, it is obvious most of the people who voted for this bill either didn’t read it, hate freedom or both. The key section in the bill is section 330G-1 which describes services that will be provided to individuals with a postpartum condition and their families. The bill specifically states that the Secretary of Health and Human Services would have the authority to enhance inpatient care management services to ensure the well-being of the mother and family and the future development of the infant. This would authorize the government to impose any sort of draconian procedures to decide who gets to be parents and who doesn’t based upon the future development of the infant. This is some scary stuff. The entire section can be seen below with some of the key sections in bold.


‘(a) In General- The Secretary may make grants to eligible entities for projects for the establishment, operation, and coordination of effective and cost-efficient systems for the delivery of essential services to individuals with a postpartum condition and their families.

‘(b) Certain Activities- To the extent practicable and appropriate, the Secretary shall ensure that projects funded under subsection (a) provide education and services with respect to the diagnosis and management of postpartum conditions. The Secretary may allow such projects to include the following:

‘(1) Delivering or enhancing outpatient and home-based health and support services, including case management and comprehensive treatment services for individuals with or at risk for postpartum conditions, and delivering or enhancing support services for their families.

‘(2) Delivering or enhancing inpatient care management services that ensure the well-being of the mother and family and the future development of the infant.

‘(3) Improving the quality, availability, and organization of health care and support services (including transportation services, attendant care, homemaker services, day or respite care, and providing counseling on financial assistance and insurance) for individuals with a postpartum condition and support services for their families.

‘(4) Providing education to new mothers and, as appropriate, their families about postpartum conditions to promote earlier diagnosis and treatment. Such education may include–

‘(A) providing complete information on postpartum conditions, symptoms, methods of coping with the illness, and treatment resources; and

‘(B) in the case of a grantee that is a State, hospital, or birthing facility–

‘(i) providing education to new mothers and fathers, and other family members as appropriate, concerning postpartum conditions before new mothers leave the health facility; and

‘(ii) ensuring that training programs regarding such education are carried out at the health facility.

As usual the legislative branch is granting broad powers to the executive branch using language in the bill that could be widely interpreted any number of ways. The bill provides the tools for the government to adopt additional measures that would allow them to be heavily involved in family planning under the guise of helping people with postpartum disorders. Looking at the track record of government, it hasn’t helped very many people in the past so why should we believe that this bill would be different and provide the means to help anyone?

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