Press Releases

megaphoneThe American College of Pediatricians periodically releases statements that relate to current issues affecting the lives of children and their families. To read a press release, click on the title of any of the following listed in chronological order.

Spanking and Child Development

In October 2013 issue of Pediatrics, MacKenzie, et al. claim in the article “Spanking and Child Development Across the First Decade of Life” that spanking has negative effects on child behavioral and cognitive development from birth through 9 years of age. This, however, is yet another inadequately supported attempt to disenfranchise parents from appropriate use of […]

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Physicians Unethical to Withhold ALL Facts from LGBTQ Youth

Gainesville, Florida – June 25, 2013 – The American College of Pediatricians (the College) applauds raising awareness of the health disparities among youth who claim a non-heterosexual identity, and is committed to promoting the best for all children. However, the College disputes the recent policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) claiming […]

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Emergency Contraception: Risky Business for the Teen

Gainesville, Florida – May 1, 2013 – The American College of Pediatricians continues to oppose the over-the-counter distribution of “emergency contraceptive” medication to children as recently mandated by the court. The potency of these medications demands physician oversight, and equally important their over-the-counter availability circumvents parental involvement and may facilitate adolescent abuse.  Health professionals need […]

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