National Coalition of Organized Women Letter to the Senate

National Coalition of Organized Women

From Laboring Women to Labor Unions, We Move as One

From the desk of the Director:

May 10, 2009

Re: The Mothers Act S.324

As a non-funded social force on behalf of women and children’s health since 1992, we herein render our opinion on S. 324 for the benefit of your consideration.

We strongly recommend that the Senator postpone the vote on the Mothers Act (S. 324) until 2012. As it concerns pregnant women, their fetus and their breastfeeding infants, the SSRIs research promoted by this bill concomitant with the proposed mass vaccination of the entire pregnant population in 2010 with Thimerosal (mercury) containing Swine flu vaccine is, in our considered opinion, deeply imprudent…placing in double jeopardy pregnant mothers who have the sobering responsibility of safely ushering in an entire generation of humanity…a generational wave of new Americans.

Furthermore, there are obtuse generalities in the legislation S. 324 that fail to protect women and their fetuses. We feel that it would be a personal, moral and professional mistake for the Senator to vote this bill into law “as it is” without serious consideration and attention to the devil in the details.

Essentially, this bill’s purpose is to legitimize and expand clinical testing of psychiatric drugs, namely SSRIs, black boxed labeled as “suicidal” (homicidal) as it pertains to pregnant women.

Example of proposed considerations:

  • No guidelines have been provided for public disclosure regarding conflict of interest of the grant recipient.
  • No proviso for patient information statement (PIS) for pregnant participants in clinical or anecdotal trials.
  • For example, here is a relational example of a detail gone wrong in the vaccine program that could be refined for the Mothers Act:

In the case of the CDC’s Vaccine Information Statement (VIS):  Law requires that all recipients of the vaccines be provided with a VIS indicating the risks and benefits of the vaccine.  Unfortunately, (a point to be considered for the Mothers Act) the CDC provides the VIS solely developed by the Administrative Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) which recommends the flu vaccine for all pregnant women. However, in contradiction, the FDA states that the recommendation of the ACIP for pregnant women is not an indication of the FDA. However, this contrasting FDA indication and Manufacturers’ information (see below) is not on the ACIP Vaccine Information Statement that providers are required to give to their pregnant patients, nationwide.

Hence, in the case of the vaccine program (as well as SSRI research as absent in the Mothers Act) pregnant women are devoid of receiving legitimate risk/benefit information.  Additionally, in the case of the vaccine program there is no information for pregnant mothers in the ACIP VIS that the mult-dose flu vaccine contains the highly controversial preservative, Thimerosal (mercury) which, as you know, contrary to the CDC, independent researchers emphatically contend is the primary cause of the Autism, ADHD, ADD epidemic AND the subsequent use of prescription drugs (SSRIs).  Note:  The use of Thimerosal for the 2010 Swine flu vaccination program will be particularly problematic as it is most likely that, according to Sanofi-Pasteur, mass vaccination/multi-dose will contain Thimerosal as a preservative/sterilant.

Example: Manufacturer’s Package Insert (Flu zone: Sanofi Pasteur)

Manufacturers warning not included in the vaccine information statement by ACIP


  • 8.1 Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Flu zone vaccine. It is also not known whether Flu zone vaccine can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Flu zone vaccine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.
  • 8.2 Nursing Mothers It is not known whether Flu zone vaccine is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Flu zone vaccine is administered to a nursing woman.
  • 13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility Flu zone vaccine has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.

Mayo Clinic:

Few medications have been proved safe without question during pregnancy. (Clinical and anecdotal research continues on pregnant women) Here’s an overview, arranged alphabetically by specific type of antidepressant:

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

Citalopram (Celexa) Associated with a rare but serious newborn lung problem (persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, or PPHN) when taken during the last half of pregnancy Consider as an option during pregnancy

Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem) Associated with PPHN when taken during the last half of pregnancy Consider as an option during pregnancy

Paroxetine (Paxil) Associated with fetal heart defects when taken during the first three months of pregnancy             Avoid during pregnancy

Sertraline (Zoloft) Associated with PPHN when taken during the last half of pregnancy        Consider as an option during pregnancy

Tricyclic antidpressants

Amitriptyline Suggested risk of limb malformation in early studies, but not confirmed with newer studies             Consider as an option during pregnancy

Nortriptyline (Pamelor) Suggested risk of limb malformation in early studies, but not confirmed with newer studies             Consider as an option during pregnancy

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

Phenelzine (Nardil) May cause a severe increase in blood pressure that triggers a stroke       Avoid during pregnancy

Tranylcypromine (Parnate) May cause a severe increase in blood pressure that triggers a stroke       Avoid during pregnancy

Other antidepressants

Bupropion (Wellbutrin)             No established risks during pregnancy   Consider as an option during pregnancy

Melanie Stokes (namesake of the Mothers Act S.324) checked in at Michael Reese Hospital’s emergency room. Melanie was admitted to the psychiatric unit. At the hospital, doctors placed Melanie on antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs. Melanie had resumed the ECT treatments and started another combination of medications. The day she was released from the hospital she asked for a gun. When she arrived on May 27 to Lutheran General Hospital she had already been through four different combinations of anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drugs, as well as the electroconvulsive therapy. One day, Melanie checked into a hotel under the name Mary Hall, perched on a window ledge firefighters were in her room trying to coax her back inside. She sat on the other side of a window, her back straight and pressed against the glass. After about 20 minutes, Melanie turned a little, as if she were going to try to pull herself up. Then, she turned back, put her hands at her side and dropped from the ledge.

Andrea Yates motioned Officer Knapp into the house, past the dog barking from her kennel in the family room, down the hallway lined with framed family photos and carpeted in beige plush, and into the master bedroom. “I killed my kids”. Her husband had given her a 300-milligram morning dose of the antidepressant Effexor and, the previous night, a 45-milligram dose of the antidepressant Remeron with a 15-milligram dissolvable Remeron Sol Tab booster.

“Zoloft” recommended as an option by the Mayo clinic:

Christopher Pittman, aged 12, (Paxil then Zoloft). Known amongst family as ‘pop-pops shadow’, he had always been very close to his grandfather. Shortly after being prescribed Zoloft he shot both his grandparents dead and burned the house down. Imprisoned, he waited 3 years for trial, and was then tried as an adult – a practice acceptable in the USA. [Defense pleaded involuntary intoxication. Preparing for the expected homicidality-Zoloft link, Pfizer lawyers involved themselves early into the case with prosecution. Jury opted for murder verdict.

Please visit website Here you will find a collection 3,000 of stories of suicides, homicides including school shootings, every one of them associated with the very SSRIs that bill S.324,The Mothers Act seeks to fund as it pertains to pregnant mothers.

In conclusion: Because there are very serious and grave issues with psych drug research and treatment directly aimed at a generation of pregnant women; and in consideration of a Swine flu pandemic mass vaccination program of pregnant women with Thimerosal in 2010/11, the Mother’s Act should be postponed and reworked recommending, for the interim period, research on the efficacy of psychotherapy, and other psychosocial interventions while considering causative the mass childhood vaccinations of the young emerging mother whose generation is riddled with childhood vaccine toxic insults that now appear as mental illness causing a greater rise in the use of prescriptive psychiatric drugs (SSRIs); suicides and homicides.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Eileen Dannemann
Director, NCOW

917 804-0786

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