H R 20, new mother’s mandated mental health test. Passed in the House! Although “in design” it is set up to track postpartum depression and do research on it, they can track you right to your house and who knows what they will discover there! You may have a psychosis you don’t know about, or maybe your husband does, or maybe you just have too many kids and that’s your real problem! Whatever they think it is, they’ll find it. They get money and you could lose your precious baby if they think you’re unfit. Orwellian? It violates our Constitutional right to privacy and liberty. This is really dangerous. Let your loved ones know who are having babies, we need to speak out! It passed by 391 Ayes, 8 Nays, 32 Present/Not Voting. And in the Senate… S. 324 111th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 324 To provide for research on, and services for individuals with, postpartum depression and psychosis. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES January 26, 2009 Mr. MENENDEZ (for himself, Mr. DURBIN, Ms. SNOWE, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, and Mr. BROWN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions A BILL To provide for research on, and services for individuals with, postpartum depression and psychosis. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ‘Melanie Blocker Stokes Mom’s Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research, and Support for Postpartum Depression Act’ or the ‘Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act’. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. For purposes of this Act– (1) the term ‘postpartum condition’ means postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis; and (2) the term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Health and Human Services. TITLE I–RESEARCH ON POSTPARTUM CONDITIONS SEC. 101. EXPANSION AND INTENSIFICATION OF ACTIVITIES. (a) Continuation of Activities- The Secretary is encouraged to continue activities on postpartum conditions. (b) Programs for Postpartum Conditions- In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary is encouraged to continue research to expand the understanding of the causes of, and treatments for, postpartum conditions. Activities under such subsection shall include conducting and supporting the following: (1) Basic research concerning the etiology and causes of the conditions. (2) Epidemiological studies to address the frequency and natural history of the conditions and the differences among racial and ethnic groups with respect to the conditions. (3) The development of improved screening and diagnostic techniques. (4) Clinical research for the development and evaluation of new treatments. (5) Information and education programs for health care professionals and the public, which may include a coordinated national campaign to increase the awareness and knowledge of postpartum conditions. Activities under such a national campaign may– (A) include public service announcements through television, radio, and other means; and (B) focus on– (i) raising awareness about screening; (ii) educating new mothers and their families about postpartum conditions to promote earlier diagnosis and treatment; and (iii) ensuring that such education includes complete information concerning postpartum conditions, including its symptoms, methods of coping with the illness, and treatment resources. SEC. 102. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF RELATIVE MENTAL HEALTH CONSEQUENCES FOR WOMEN OF RESOLVING A PREGNANCY. (a) Sense of Congress- It is the sense of Congress that the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health may conduct a nationally representative longitudinal study (during the period of fiscal years 2009 through 2018) of the relative mental health consequences for women of resolving a pregnancy (intended and unintended) in various ways, including carrying the pregnancy to term and parenting the child, carrying the pregnancy to term and placing the child for adoption, miscarriage, and having an abortion. This study may assess the incidence, timing, magnitude, and duration of the immediate and long-term mental health consequences (positive or negative) of these pregnancy outcomes. (b) Report- Subject to the completion of the study under subsection (a), beginning not later than 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, and periodically thereafter for the duration of the study, such Director may prepare and submit to the Congress reports on the findings of the study. TITLE II–DELIVERY OF SERVICES REGARDING POSTPARTUM CONDITIONS SEC. 201. ESTABLISHMENT OF GRANT PROGRAM. Subpart I of part D of title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254b et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 330G the following: ‘SEC. 330G-1. SERVICES TO INDIVIDUALS WITH A POSTPARTUM CONDITION AND THEIR FAMILIES. ‘(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. ‘(c) Integration With Other Programs- To the extent practicable and appropriate, the Secretary may integrate the grant program under this section with other grant programs carried out by the Secretary, including the program under section 330. ‘(d) Certain Requirements- A grant may be made under this section only if the applicant involved makes the following agreements: ‘(1) Not more than 5 percent of the grant will be used for administration, accounting, reporting, and program oversight functions. ‘(2) The grant will be used to supplement and not supplant funds from other sources related to the treatment of postpartum conditions. ‘(3) The applicant will abide by any limitations deemed appropriate by the Secretary on any charges to individuals receiving services pursuant to the grant. As deemed appropriate by the Secretary, such limitations on charges may vary based on the financial circumstances of the individual receiving services. ‘(4) The grant will not be expended to make payment for services authorized under subsection (a) to the extent that payment has been made, or can reasonably be expected to be made, with respect to such services– ‘(A) under any State compensation program, under an insurance policy, or under any Federal or State health benefits program; or ‘(B) by an entity that provides health services on a prepaid basis. ‘(5) The applicant will, at each site at which the applicant provides services funded under subsection (a), post a conspicuous notice informing individuals who receive the services of any Federal policies that apply to the applicant with respect to the imposition of charges on such individuals. ‘(6) For each grant period, the applicant will submit to the Secretary a report that describes how grant funds were used during such period. ‘(e) Technical Assistance- The Secretary may provide technical assistance to entities seeking a grant under this section in order to assist such entities in complying with the requirements of this section. ‘(f) Definitions- In this section: ‘(1) The term ‘eligible entity’– ‘(A) means a public or nonprofit private entity; and ‘(B) includes a State or local government, public-private partnership, recipient of a grant under section 330H (relating to the Healthy Start Initiative), public or nonprofit private hospital, community-based organization, hospice, ambulatory care facility, community health center, migrant health center, public housing primary care center, or homeless health center. ‘(2) The term ‘postpartum condition’ means postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis.’. TITLE III–GENERAL PROVISIONS SEC. 301. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. To carry out this Act and the amendment made by section 201, there are authorized to be appropriated, in addition to such other sums as may be available for such purpose– (1) $3,000,000 for fiscal year 2009; and (2) such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. SEC. 302. REPORT BY THE SECRETARY. (a) Study- The Secretary shall conduct a study on the benefits of screening for postpartum conditions. (b) Report- Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall complete the study required by subsection (a) and submit a report to the Congress on the results of such study. SEC. 303. LIMITATION. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act or the amendment made by section 201, the Secretary may not utilize amounts made available under this Act or such amendment to carry out activities or programs that are duplicative of activities or programs that are already being carried out through the Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s111-324
SEND THIS OUT FAR AND WIDE! We must move to SAVE ORGANIC FARMS AND GARDENING! Let them know that as a LIBERTY LOVING COLORADOAN, that you are exercising your Constitutional right to let your voice be heard! Robert Kennedy and David Bender report on the horrific HR 875 and S 425, which is called “the Monsanto Dream Bill” and in essence threatens to put all organic farms and gardens out of business and institutionalize industrial farming and pesticide use. It creates minimum fertilizer amounts that farmers must use before their product can be put on the market. Rosa De Laro of Connecticut whose husband Stan Greenberg is a lobbyist for Monsanto is the Representative responsible for this bill. We have less than two weeks to generate enough upset to kill this bill and save our organic farms. Here’s the link to Bobby Kennedy: http://www.goleft.tv the part to listen to is: “Ring of Fire’s Weekly News Pt. 3” Here’s a link that explains what the damage will be if this bill is allowed to pass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epXNJNjYBvw Since we’re very interested in keeping organic farmers and farmers markets alive and well – please contact your US Representative and Senator and ask them for a “NO” vote on these bills. You can do that by going to http://www.senate.com. “Senators on the Web” and “Representatives on the Web” are the sections you are looking for. * House Version of the bill: HR 875 – Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009. * Senate Version of the bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111- 425 * Contact your Representative here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml * Contact your Senator here:http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State= WI Here are a number of interesting blogs regarding this bill: * http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=12671 * http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=2287 * http://www.metrofarm.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=129&sid= * http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2009/03/387863.shtml * http://www.opednews.com/articles/Monsanto-s-dream-bill-HR-by-Linn-Cohen-Cole-090309-337.html
I got this from a blog called SoCon Or Bust
Medics upset over ‘gender-based’ abortion
Monday, February 16th, 2009
A doctor in Sweden has asked health authorities for clarification after a woman twice had abortions carried out upon learning her fetuses were girls.
The woman in question was already mother to at least two girls when she once again became pregnant and visited a health clinic in central Sweden.
Initially, the woman requested an amniocentesis in order to allay concerns about possible chromosome abnormalities. At the same time, she also asked to know the fetus’s gender.
While there was no medical reason to go through with the amniocentesis, the procedure was nevertheless carried out.
The test revealed normal chromosome development and that the woman was carrying a girl.
Six days later, the woman requested an abortion which was subsequently carried out.
Pregnant again at a later date, the woman returned to the clinic and once again requested an amniocentesis.
This time, however, her request was denied.
One month later, the expectant mother scheduled an ultrasound screening. During the procedure she asked to be told the gender of the fetus.
The midwife carrying out the examination told the woman the fetus was a girl.
The same day, the woman scheduled an abortion, which was performed four days later.
“The above matter has given rise to strong feelings among those involved who, perhaps justifiably, believe that the patient has gone through two abortions because of [the fetus’s] gender,” writes the head of the clinic, Kaj Wedenberg, in a letter to Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).
Wedenberg explains that his staff has asked him to draw up guidelines on how to handle similar requests in the future in which they “feel pressured to examine the fetus’s gender” without having a medically compelling reason to do so.
“In part, I wonder if a caregiver within the public health system has the right to make reference to their own views and the dominant view in our country about gender’s equal value, in preventing a patient, with perhaps a different valuation, from learning the gender of the fetus,” he writes.
Wedenberg adds that he wants the agency to provide additional direction on what his rights are as head doctor at the clinic to overrule other medical professionals which may have different appraisals of what sort of procedures ought to be performed for “medical, social, or psychological” reasons. (Source)
Just thought that you would be interested in this
I just wanted to say that I am sorry that I haven’t posted as much as I thought. I tend to post more on our homesteading blog I guess because that is where we started. I really do want to post here because I like the thought of having a “homeschooling” blog, but I just can’t seem to make it work. So, please forgive me for not being a good blogger. I will try to do better.
So, since I am here I guess I should post a bit.
Isabella Victoria Maria was born on November 10th at 9:30pm. She weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz, and was 19 3/4 in. She is just beautiful, and we are all so in love with her.
She is now almost 3 weeks old, and I can’t believe that it has already been almost 3 weeks! It seems that they grow faster with each new addition.
Advent is about to begin, and we are all excited. I posted earlier about the Advent Conspiracy video on You Tube and I feel that everyone needs to watch it. Let us just say that it is yet another wake up call that we all need in some shape or form. It is so easy to get caught up in all of the gift giving/buying/recieving. Yes it is nice to give gifts to our loved ones, but what is the most important gift to give I ask you? Especially to our children? It is the gift of faith! The gift of love and self-sacrifice. The gift of teaching our children about God and all that he has done for us. The gift of God being born as a human being. The fact that Christ lived as a poor and humble man. The fact that He allowed Himself to die for our sins to open up the gates of Heaven for men, so we could share in His happiness for all eternity! What could be a greater gift than that? Absolutely nothing.
So, this Advent we are planning on focusing more on what the “Real Meaning” of Christmas is…Christ. I hope that you all are inspired to truly live this Advent the way that we all should. Really to live everday as we should. I know I need to!
I am glad that Patty posted the video. God was calling out to me again…to remind me what is really important, and that is living our lives the way that Christ lived, and to give as Christ gave. Christ is the perfect example of how we should live our lives. I want to pass that on to our beautiful 8 blessings that God has been so gracious to give to us.
God sent us the perfect gift, and that is what we need to remember. We need to try not to get caught up in all of the commercialism of the season, that is not what matters. The gifts will come and go, but Christ will always be there no matter what, and our children’s souls will live for all eternity. Legos, toy cars, video game systems, ipods, etc. will not be there to help our children get to Heaven, but we can help them! Our children’s souls, family, and love are important. Most of all God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit…are important.
May God bless you all abundantly.
My friend Patty sent the following You Tube video, called Advent Conspiracy, to a group that we belong to. I just wanted to pass it along since Advent begins this Sunday. It is sad how we have become as a society…pushing God out and making other things our god/gods.
Can we all really wonder or cry out to God asking him why? It is our own falut that things are the way they are. Yet isn’t it wonderful that God still loves us and still wants us to be in Heaven with Him! God is so wonderful to us, and we continue to push him to the side. We are in such a sad state. I hope that we realize it soon and embrace God as we should.
A friend sent this to the homeschooling list that we belong to. I just wanted to pass it along.
A priest sent this to us. I invite you to pray this litany of St.
Elizabeth of Hungary once for the intention of defeating the FOCA,
and passing it along to other to do the same.
God bless you.
Litany of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Protector, Third Order Franciscan
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father, of heaven: have mercy upon us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy upon us.
God, the Holy Ghost: have mercy upon us.
Holy Trinity, one God: have mercy upon us.
Holy Mary: Pray for us.
Immaculate Virgin: Pray for us.
Mother and Mistress of our Order: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, Duchess of Thuringia: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, mother in Israel: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, queen in the Kingdom of God: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, consoler of sinners: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, nurse of lepers: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, devoted wife of Louis the Good: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, famous exemplar of Christian widowhood: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, fervent spouse of the Son of God: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, humble in prosperity: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, patient in adversity: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, mighty in penance: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, wondrous in prayer: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, first-born of the tertiaries regular: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, protectress of our Order: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, the “dear saint” of Holy Church: Pray for us.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: spare us, O
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: graciously hear
us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: have mercy on
V. Pray for us, O blessed Elizabeth. Alleluia.
R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. Alleluia.
Let us pray: Merciful Lord, we pray Thee to pour the bright beams of
into our hearts: that, by the glorious prayers of Thy Saint Elizabeth,
we may learn to despise all worldly prosperity, and ever to rejoice in
all Heavenly consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Well, our two oldest boys have finally decided that they wanted to be Altar Servers.
They served their first Mass last Sunday. I only got to see them towards the end. Brandon was at work so I was alone with all of the little ones. Can you hear the scary music playing in your head? I had to go to the crying room and eventually we even went out to the van. We made our way back in just in time to receive the Holy Eucharist. I was so proud of the boys. As Catholics we believe that we are standing before Christ himself and God. We believe that Heaven is on earth at that moment of consecration, but I was just in awe that the boys are literally right there. It just blew my mind away. I think it is an honor for those families whose sons are willing to become Altar Servers. It was truly beautiful.
Trinity is going to be in the choir. She starts practicing this coming Sunday. She is so excited…I am a bit nervous because then I will really be on my own when Brandon is at work. 😉 I will have Tyme, and he was so helpful this past Sunday. I need to keep reminding myself that one day our little ones will be grown up and on their own. This is the time for me to teach my children about our Lord, and eventually I will get to spend some wonderful one on one time with Christ. Right now He wants me to love our children, teach them about Him, and enjoy the time that I have with them because it isn’t going to last forever.