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Tomorrow, September 13, 2009 is the one year anniversary of Indiana Delahunty’s death.

Please go to Christian’s & Matt’s blog to offer some moral support to the family.

http://indibaby.wordpress.com/

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Please check this link for more updates: http://www.uniteforlife.org/content/view/46/2/

As you may have heard, Dr. Zachary Stowe of Emory has been exposed in the Wall Street Journal after coming under fire from Charles Grassley’s investigation of conflicts of interest among leading psychiatric researchers. Stowe is one of the leading researchers working directly with pharma to promote the use of antidepressants in pregnancy and breastfeeding. A large portion of his salary at Emory is derived from federal grants through the NIH. As we’ve documented, he has worked for GSK to claim Paxil is safe for breastfeeding and was planning to claim that Paxil is undetectable in amniotic fluid. You can read more at these links, and we will update with more as more news becomes available.

The MOTHERS Act makes grants available to “eligible entities” through NIH for research on mothers. Zachary Stowe is exactly the type of researcher we do not need to be handing out grants to given his conflicts of interest and his apparent disregard for why that matters, much less the safety of babies.

Zachary Stowe Doesn’t Get To Claim Paroxetine Undetectable in Amniotic Fluid for GSK http://tinyurl.com/lybcqr

Zachary Stowe Wants His GSK Money http://tinyurl.com/n4ugn2

Zachary Stowe Disciplined (Wall Street Journal) http://tinyurl.com/nd7o8n

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Go here to read an article about The MOTHERS Act which was one of the top stories on Townhall.com today.

Also archived here.

Please post a comment on the Townhall site.

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Click here to read a beautiful essay by Christiane Schultz, Matthew’s mom. Matthew died two hours after birth and was exposed to Effexor during pregnancy. http://tinyurl.com/proofofyou

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TAKE ACTION NOW

MOTHERS Act Action Page

STOP THE MOTHERS ACT! What you can do now:

1) Download, post, distribute, link, post on blogs — this video http://tinyurl.com/IndiVid

2) Link to this article from your website or post links from this article on online websites, blogs etc. http://tinyurl.com/StopTheMA

3) Write or fax your member of Congress.

4)  Forward to your friends http://tinyurl.com/StopTheMA

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BULLET POINTS FROM: http://tinyurl.com/StopMAReasons

Reasons Why The MOTHERS Act Must Not Be Passed

The MOTHERS Act specifically:

1. Calls for the development of improved “screening and diagnostic techniques” with no specification if these are to be strictly psychological (in other words, questionnaires based upon a DSM checklist).

So there is no credible evidence that women will be checked for physical conditions such as thyroid conditions, hormonal imbalances or other real physical conditions.

2. Calls for government-funded national public service announcements (PSAs) through television, radio, and other means for “raising awareness about screening,” and for “educating new mothers and their families about postpartum conditions to promote earlier diagnosis and treatment.”

So considering postpartum depression is usually considered a “mental” condition, this means that the government will now be funding free psycho/pharma ads for the mental health industry.

Coincidentally – there are currently 50 clinical drug trials ongoing for the “treatment” of postpartum depression. In other words – this could turn into a big money maker for Pharma – with government-sanctioned PSAs and drugs promoted to specifically “treat” postpartum depression (that are already in the pipeline).

3. Calls for a major “education” campaign in health centers for new mothers and, to promote “earlier diagnosis and treatment… before new mothers leave the health facility.”

What does all of this mean? It means more women put on drugs. It means more infants subjected to drugs.

Regardless of the hype from the psycho/pharma industry and many groups with vested interests in pushing this agenda – more screening and more drugs being promoted to treat “postpartum” depression means more mothers on drugs – both during and after pregnancy.

Already, doctors, pharmacists, health care providers and consumers have filed reports with the FDA on the serious damage and deaths to infants caused by pregnant women taking these drugs.

The graph below shows the reported adverse reactions in pregnant mothers taking SSRI antidepressants between 2004 and 2007.

Reports of Miscarriage, Birth Defects, Heart Disease, Pre-Term Births

Reports of Miscarriage, Birth Defects, Heart Disease, Pre-Term Births

Look at the figures.  Now multiply them by one hundred.  Because, by the FDA’s own admission, only 1-10% of the actual side effects are ever reported to the FDA.

Estimated Infant Injuries and Deaths Based on 5% Median Range Reported

Estimated Infant Injuries and Deaths Based on 5% Median Range Reported

If you ever wanted a time to step up to the plate and make a real difference, you have it.  Because the time is now.

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http://uniteforlife.wordpress.com/2009/03/07/in-memory-of-indiana-effexor-baby/

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This study found a three times higher rate of babies born with heart defects in a Paxil group and four times higher rate in the Prozac-exposed group.

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