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.

College Cautions Educators About Sexual Orientation in Youth

The American College of Pediatricians cautions educators about the management of students experiencing same-sex attraction or exhibiting symptoms of gender confusion.   These concerns are outlined in a letter and fact sheet sent by College president Thomas Benton, MD, to all 14, 800 school district superintendents in the U.S. Dr. Benton also alerts them to a new Web resource,, […]

Obamacare Not Best for Children

The American College of Pediatricians (the College) understands that the health and well-being of children is inextricably tied to the well-being of their families. Unfortunately, the current proposals for healthcare reform would exact a huge financial toll on families through the likelihood of increased taxes and increased national debt. The health and well-being of children […]

American College of Pediatricians Challenges Spanking Report

Elizabeth Gershoff, Ph.D. authored a report, Physical Punishment in the United States, published by Center for Effective Discipline. This report presents flawed research to build a biased case against the use of spanking of children by their parents and to advocate for a ban on its use. Unfortunately, medical organizations have endorsed the report’s conclusions […]

American College of Pediatricians Questions Validity of Spanking Study

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It’s Okay for Parents to Spank

The American College of Pediatricians carefully reviewed the available research on corporal punishment and concludes, in its position statement on the subject, that disciplinary spanking by parents can be effective when properly used. “It is clear that parents should not solely rely upon disciplinary spanking to accomplish control of their child’s behavior. Evidence suggests that […]

Pediatricians Call for Support for Adult Stem Cell Research

Gainesville, Florida May 14, 2007 –The American College of Pediatricians ( calls for an end to embryonic stem cell research and recommends the exclusive support of already proven effective adult stem cell research. “Not only does embryonic research require taking the life of human embryos, it also prolongs needless suffering by delaying the development of […]

College Opposes Mandatory Humanpapilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination

Gainesville, Florida January 12, 2007 –The American College of Pediatricians applauds the availability of HPV vaccine. We strongly oppose requiring students to obtain the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine as a requirement for public school attendance. HPV is spread only by sexual intercourse. Keeping children out of school because they have not been vaccinated with […]

Calcium and Sexual Abstinence

In the February 2006 issue of Pediatrics new guidelines were issued for pediatricians on calcium intake, bone growth, and the prevention of future osteoporosis. These guideline stress that we must work to increase calcium intake, especially, as the AAP release citing the article notes, “…during adolescence, when the peak rate of bone mass growth occurs.” […]

College Again Urges Caution on Emergency Contraception

The American College of Pediatricians again congratulates the FDA and others for their strong stand in continuing to prohibit the over-the-counter sale of drugs commonly referred to as “Emergency Contraception” (EC). We especially applaud this stand with respect to unguided adolescent access to these potent abortion pharmaceuticals. The key word here is “abortion.” Please make […]

Adolescent Pregnancy

In the July 2005 issue of Pediatrics the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a Clinical Report on Adolescence Pregnancy (“Adolescent Pregnancy: Current Trends and Issues”). This report implies that it is the result of, or at least is representative of, a membership-wide consensus. It is not, and it must be noted that the […]