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.

Sex Change isn’t Child’s Play

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) calls upon the pediatric profession to exercise caution in following the recent recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to indiscriminately validate all “gender identities” in children. Without addressing the possibility of a child being transiently or pathologically confused, the AAP instructs pediatricians to always validate such feelings […]

An Ounce of Prevention for Teen Depression

In its newly released statement, Decreasing the Risk of Depression in Youth, the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) alerts parents and health professionals to the many protective factors against child and adolescent depression. These include parents maintaining a loving low-conflict marriage (1) , practicing authoritative parenting, maintaining family connectedness, discouraging drug use, promoting sexual abstinence (2), restricting […]

Mother-Child Bond and Mitigating Toxic Stress

In three newly released statements *(part 1, 2, 3), the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) alerts physicians and parents to the benefits of the mother-child bond, and the risks that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have upon the young child. Research now shows that anxiety, depression, or intimate partner violence experienced by women while pregnant, […]

Best for Children Solutions for Migrant Crisis

July 2, 2018, Gainesville, FL from Joseph Zanga, MD, FCP* Children and their parents should be inseparable. On this principle, both the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) agree. The ACPeds holds the FAMILY as central to children’s well-being. The AAP is generally softer in this regard. Consequently, during this present, highly […]

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Birth Control Pill and Teen Suicide

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) notes with interest the recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (1) documenting an increased risk factor of suicide – nearly doubled (RR 2.06) for suicide attempts and more than tripled (RR 3.08) for successful suicide – among adolescent girls who use hormonal contraceptives. This study did not determine […]

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Pediatricians Call Out Stanford University’s Fake Science

Last month, Investigators from the Stanford University History Education Group released a “Working Paper,” titled, Lateral Reading [1] in which they criticized historian and student reviewers for reaching reasoned, accurate conclusions. In the study, historians, fact checkers, and Stanford University undergraduates were asked to evaluate the “trustworthiness” of the online school bullying policy statements of both […]

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“Uber” for Birth Control: Dangerous for Teens

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) alerts parents to a dangerous new mobile phone app called Nurx. Dubbed the “Uber for birth control,” Nurx enables teens as young as age 12 to obtain contraceptive and abortive medications including the pill, vaginal ring, Plan B and Ella without parental knowledge or local physician oversight. Sexual activity […]

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Pediatricians applaud GSK for New Ethical Shingles Vaccine

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) commends Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) pharmaceutical company for the development of the anti-shingles vaccine, Shingrix, which does not require the use of aborted fetal cell material. Shingrix is a new vaccine recently approved by the FDA for use in the prevention of shingles caused by the varicella virus. It is […]

Physician Reject License to Kill

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) and the American Association of Prolife Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) applaud our 150,000 colleagues in the American College of Physicians (ACP) for boldly opposing the contradictory practice of physician-assisted suicide in their recently released position statement, Ethics and the Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide. Assisting in or directly causing the […]

Decrying the Politics of Hate

On August 17, 2017, based on data from the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center, CNN published an article that lists the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) as a “hate group”. The SPLC defines a “hate group” as all groups that “have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for […]

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