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Parental Rights & Children's Healthcare Issues

From enrolling teenagers in drug studies without parental consent, to collecting babies' DNA samples at birth without parental knowledge, there have been efforts to study pharmaceuticals in teenagers and screen newborns for genetic disorders without the consent of parents. Yet, DNA taken at birth without informed, parental consent means that every citizen becomes a potential subject of government-sponsored genetic research. . . (continue reading)

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Sept. 2007 Tobacco Taxes to Fuel Expansion of Children’s Fede ral Health Program
Aug. 2007 Genetic Research on Babies without Parents’ Consent Opposed
Mar. 2007 Vaccination-Choice Coalition Calls for Protecting Parental Rights
Aug. 2006 Virginia Teen Claims Victory, Right to Refuse Chemotherapy Affirmed
Jul. 2006 Family Challenges State’s Medical Orders for Teenage Son, Receives Support from Virginia Attorney General
10/31/2002 Will Unique Health Identifiers Become a Reality in the United States? That depends on whether or not Congress continues its moratorium on federal funding for unique health identifiers.
9/8/2001 Federal Research "Protections" Committee Recommends Waiving Parental Consent Before Enrolling Teenagers in Drug Trials - What happens when a child is harmed in an experimental drug study and the parents were never informed of their child's participation?
Feb. 2001 Doctor's Orders: Parents Battle Medical Authorities for Control of Their Children - Link to Reason Magazine article.
6/5/2000 Fall Conference on Children's Health Care Should Address Parents' Rights - Several federal programs have undoubtedly had an impact on Ritalin use in children.
9/13/1999 Dr. Gore Will See You Now - Link to a Cato Institute editorial.
Jul. 1999 Shots in the Dark: Who Should Decide Which Vaccinations Children Receive? - Today, U.S. vaccine policy is set by a 12-member Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) appointed by the federal government's Secretary of Health and Human Services. . . In effect, 12 people have the power to determine which vaccines will be mandatory for millions of American children.
1/22/1999 "Who's Calling the Shots?" (link to ABC News) On January 1, 1999, ABC's 20/20 reported about the controversy over the Hepatitis B vaccine required for school age children. Schools in 36 states require kids to get shots for hepatitis B, but some believe the vaccination isn't always safe.
1/22/1999 Vaccinating Children: Where Do We Draw the Line? Why are individuals worldwide challenging the Hepatitis B vaccine policy?
8/12/1998 Are Children Adequately Protected In Biomedical Research Trials? Some advocacy groups are comparing the child-fenfluramine experiment to the government-funded Tuskegee trials of the 1940s, where blacks were intentionally denied treatment for veneral disease.
8/12/1998 Institute for Health Freedom Sponsors A Health Policy Forum at the National Press Club
6/24/1998 Are American Children Being Lured Into Socialized Medicine?
1/20/1998 Kidcare: Socialized Medicine Through Government Schools
9/2/1997 Warning Labels for Kidcare
Jun. 1997 Tell the Truth: It's a New Entitlement (Kidcare Program)
5/23/1997 Will a Cigarette Tax Increase Really Help Uninsured Children? (link to NCPA artilce)
3/14/2007 Questions and Answers About Uninsured Children (link to NCPA article)