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.

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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DOMA is Best for Children

Gainesville, Florida – April 2, 2013 – The American College of Pediatricians (College) affirms the importance of the institution of marriage for the well-being of children with release of its statement supporting the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Marriage exists in virtually every known human society. In all flourishing varieties of human cultures, it […]

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Traditional Marriage Still the Best for Children

Gainesville, Florida – March 21, 2013 – “The American College of Pediatricians reaffirms that the intact, functional family consisting of a married (female) mother and (male) father provides the best opportunity for children. The College, therefore, disputes the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) claim that supporting same-sex unions promotes the “well-being of children.” In its newly […]

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AAP Abandons Children in Favor of Adult Desires

Gainesville, Florida – March 4, 2013 – The American College of Pediatricians criticizes the American Academy of Pediatrics for ignoring its stated mission to support the optimal well-being of children in its newly released article favoring the redefinition of marriage.  In its March issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a “Special […]

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