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.

Marijuana: science, not hype, will clear the haze

The belief that marijuana use is “no big deal” has become increasingly pervasive in the United States. See this article by College Vice President, Dr. Michelle Cretella as published by MercatorNet.com.

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Life-Preserving Healthcare and Freedom of Conscience Not at Odds

The American College of Pediatricians supports all that is best for children and families. This includes the Bill of Rights, as well as life-preserving healthcare. The first article of the Bill of Rights states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Some medical organizations argue that, […]

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Physicians are Healers – Not Killers

Gainesville, Florida – February 17, 2014 – It is the role of every medical professional to deliver care to ailing patients with  compassion, always striving to preserve the patient’s life and dignity. The American College of Pediatricians is appalled by Netherlands’ recent legalization of Neonatal Euthanasia and Belgium’s legalization of euthanasia for terminally ill children […]

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Adolescents, Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity

In 2013 California and New Jersey passed laws that ban licensed mental health providers from offering sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) to minors. Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Minnesota and Maryland are considering similar legislation. Recently, however, this legislation died in the Virginia House, and a stay was imposed in California pending review by the […]

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College Applauds NFL’s No Tolerance Policy to Pot

The Marijuana Policy Project confirmed that five pro-marijuana billboards will appear around the Super Bowl stadium on Sunday advocating for the NFL to allow players to use the drug.  The American College of Pediatricians has made it clear that promoting the myth of marijuana as “safe” in any venue, let alone via multiple billboards at […]

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Legislators are Not Psychotherapists!

Gainesville, Florida – January 27, 2014 – The American College of Pediatricians urges legislators to refrain from legislating psychotherapy.  Similar to laws recently enacted in California and New Jersey, a bill is being considered in Virginia to ban professional therapists from practicing conversion therapy with same-sex attracted adolescents who, or whose parents, request such therapy.  […]

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The Condom Myth

Gainesville, Florida – November 20, 2013 – The recent policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics urging pediatricians to distribute condoms to their adolescent patients is misguided, unfounded, and potentially harmful to the sexual and mental health of America’s young people. The statement justifies condom distribution by advocating the myth of “safe sex”. The […]

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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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