A Response to the Lies of Oxymoronic Homosexual Parenting II

By Gary L. Morella

 

The following was published in the Centre Daily Times of State College, Pennsylvania on March 1, 2007.

 

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Considering the source

 

  Surprised by the recent letter referencing a report from the American College of Pediatricians, I investigated.  According to the organization’s Web site, it formed in 2002 and promotes “the fundamental mother-father family unit, within the context of marriage.”

 

  A review of the site revealed a commitment to blend morality and scientific understanding within a framework consistent only with specific conservative ideologies.

 

  The following is from more mainstream organizations:

 

  *American Academy of Pediatrics: “(A) considerable body of professional literature provides evidence that children with parents who are homosexual can have the same advantages and the same expectations for health, adjustment and development as can children whose parents are heterosexual.”

 

  *American Psychological Association: “Studies comparing groups of children raised by homosexual and by heterosexual parents find no developmental differences between the two groups of children … their intelligence, psychological adjustment, social adjustment and popularity with friends.”

 

  *American Medical Association: “Our AMA will support legislative and other efforts to allow the adoption of a child by the same-sex partner … who functions as a second parent or co-parent to that child. … The AMA reaffirms its long-standing policy that there is no basis for the denial to any human being of equal rights, privileges and responsibilities commensurate with his or her individual capabilities and ethical character because of an individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or transgender status, race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, national origin or age.”

 

Andrew Peck

State College

 

 

A reply from Gary L. Morella follows.

 

The letter criticizing The American College of Pediatricians stand against homosexual parenting comes as no surprise given that the biases of the “mainstream” organizations cited by the critic are completely ignored.  The critic dismissed the ACP report as “consistent with only conservative ideologies” in complete ignorance of 36 references to the contrary.   It is a sad commentary on a society gone insane that denying children a mother and a father is looked upon as being “mainstream”. 

 

Telling the scientific truth in regard to the problems with organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, and the American Medical Association has nothing to do with an ideological bent!

 

An analysis by Dr. Sharon Quick, (Quick is a pediatric anesthesiologist/critical care physician, currently retired from clinical practice for health reasons. She was formerly Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington, with a staff position at the Children’s Hospital of Seattle. Currently, she is the Washington State Coordinator for the American Academy of Medical Ethics. She has a special interest in accuracy in referencing and scientific reporting.) [http://www.acpeds.org/index.cgi?CONTEXT=cat&cat=10041], revealed that over half of the references in the AAP Technical Report promoting homosexual parenting were inaccurately quoted. These errors were compounded when large portions from the 2002 Technical Report were copied into the section of the July 2006 Special Report addressing psychosocial characteristics of same-sex parenting; some of the same quotation errors were replicated. In addition, a lack of attention to the quality of studies reviewed in the AAP Report was apparent.  This was all reported in a reply to the AAP that was published in PEDIATRICS Vol. 118 No. 5 November 2006, pp. 2261b-2264 (doi:10.1542/peds.2006-2310), which is not a conservative journal.  [http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/118/5/2261b?ijkey=6nlcW4RtRpiao&keytype=ref&siteid=aapjournals]

 

The truth regarding the American Psychological Association comes from one of its former presidents, Nicholas Cummings, quoted in “Psychology Losing Scientific Credibility, Say APA Insiders.” [http://www.narth.com/docs/insiders.html] When co-authoring his newly released book Destructive Trends in Mental Health, Cummings and his co-author invited the participation of a number of fellow psychologists who flatly turned them down - fearing loss of tenure, loss of promotion, and other forms of professional retaliation. “We were bombarded by horror stories,” Dr. Cummings said. “Their greatest fear was of the gay lobby, which is very strong in the APA.”  “‘Homophobia as intimidation’ is one of the most pervasive techniques used to silence anyone who would disagree with the gay activist agenda.” 

 

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported in its January 2001 issue - citing a government-sponsored study of 5,998 adults in the Netherlands aged 18 to 64 - that “people with same-sex sexual behavior are at greater risk for psychiatric disorders” - including bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, and anxiety disorders, major depression, and substance abuse. Yet the AMA sees nothing wrong with putting children at risk in such an environment, thus violating the principle of non-contradiction in that something cannot “be” and “not be” at the same time in the same respect.

 

 

 

See the following for a complete refutation of the aforementioned letter by Andrew Peck. – Gary L. Morella

 

http://www.acpeds.org/index.cgi?CONTEXT=cat&cat=10041

 

Marriage Rights for Homosexual Couples: Not Best for Children


Critique of AAP Special Report

Letter to the Editor

 

A report commissioned by the American Academy of Pediatrics and published in the July issue of Pediatrics* presents a case for granting full marital rights and privileges to domestic partnerships and homosexual couples. The report, titled “Effects of Marriage, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnership Laws on the Health and Well-being of Children,” persuasively presents data to engender concern for the children found in such households. Ignored, however, are the risks born by children in these settings, as well as the lack of research to determine the long-term well-being of children raised by same-sex couples.
A Letter to the Editor was submitted by members of the Board of the American College of Pediatricians and is published in the November issue of Pediatrics. To view the Letter, click here.

*Pediatrics Vol. 118 No. 1 July 2006, pp. 349-364


Quotation Errors in AAP Report

A significant portion of the July 2006 Special Report of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is not original work. In February 2002, the AAP released a policy statement, titled “Coparent or second-parent adoption by same-sex parents,” and published in Pediatrics*. This policy, which advocates for homosexual adoption and parenting, was supported by an accompanying Technical Report. An analysis by Dr. Sharon Quick** revealed that over half of the references in this Technical Report were inaccurately quoted. These errors were compounded when large portions from the 2002 Technical Report were copied into the section of the July 2006 Special Report addressing psychosocial characteristics of same-sex parenting; some of the same quotation errors were replicated. In addition, a lack of attention to the quality of studies reviewed in this Special Report is apparent.

Dr. Quick compiled her analysis exposing these flaws in a commentary, titled “Replication of Quotation Errors,” and submitted it to Pediatrics for posting in the Post-Publication Peer Review (P3R) section of the Pediatrics website. It was initially accepted and posted on November 10, but when Dr. Quick noticed an error in a website address in the endnotes she asked that it be replaced by a corrected version. Since its removal, Pediatrics has refused to repost the commentary. To read Dr. Quick’s analysis, click on the title below for an Adobe PDF copy.


Replication of Quotation Errors




*Pediatrics Vol. 109 No. 2 February 2002, pp. 339-340; Technical Report pp. 341-344.

**Dr. Sharon Quick is a pediatric anesthesiologist/critical care physician, currently retired from clinical practice for health reasons. She was formerly Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington, with a staff position at the Children’s Hospital of Seattle. Currently, she is the Washington State Coordinator for the American Academy of Medical Ethics. She has a special interest in accuracy in referencing and scientific reporting.

 

http://www.acpeds.org/

 

Marriage Rights for Homosexual Couples: Not the Best for Children

A report commissioned by the American Academy of Pediatrics and published in the July issue of Pediatrics presents a case for granting full marital rights and privileges to domestic partnerships and homosexual couples. The American College of Pediatricians disagrees. Our response is conveyed in a Letter to the Editor published in the November issue of Pediatrics. To read more, click here.


Pediatricians Defend the Family

The institution of marriage, and therefore the fundamental family unit, is under attack. The Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) to the US Constitution, proposed in Congress to help preserve this most child supportive family unit, is likewise under attack. The American College of Pediatricians has drafted an open letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert supporting the FMA. Click here to read the letter and sign on as a supporter.

 

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

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The Effects of Marriage, Civil Union, and Domestic Partnership Laws on the Health and Well-being of Children: In Reply

Den A. Trumbull, MD
Pediatric Healthcare
Montgomery, AL 36106

Joseph R. Zanga, MD, FAAP
Brody School of Medicine
Greenville, NC 27834

Leah M. Willson, MD, FAAP
Hutchinson Medical Center
Hutchinson, MN 55350-5000

Vicki Tucci, Esq
Executive Director
American College of Pediatricians
Lantana, FL 33465-3532

To the Editor.—

With its release of the July Pediatrics article "Effects of Marriage, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnership Laws on the Health and Well-being of Children," the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) officially endorses and advocates for the elevation of civil unions and domestic partnerships to the same legal status of traditional, heterosexual marriage in America.1 The AAP defends this unprecedented move with underwhelming demographics and general statements of benefits for children in these settings. We find this position untenable and, if implemented, detrimental to children and the family at large.

The recent AAP article presents the demographics of homosexual households as compelling evidence for changing federal marriage law. Citing the 2000 US Census and without revealing percentage figures, the authors note a significant increase in the absolute number of same-sex households compared with the 1990 census. However, in a technical note the Census Bureau urged caution in this comparison stating that "[d]ata on unmarried partners from the 1990 census (which were based on data from the sample form) are not comparable with data from Census 2000 because of changes in the editing procedures."2(p1, footnote 2) Furthermore, the Census Bureau noted that this census count could be an overestimate given the low occurrence of homosexual households in the population.3

Actually, homosexual households comprised <1% of all households in the 2000 census, and most did not contain children. Specifically, only one third of female same-sex households and approximately one fifth of male same-sex households contained children under 18 years old.4 Furthermore, the vast majority of these children are from previous heterosexual relationships, and although no data are given, many of the homosexual parents are sharing joint custody with the child's other biological parent. Therefore, the number of children living full-time in a home with homosexual partners will be even smaller than the 0.2% to 0.04% of total households indicated in the census. These percentages hardly represent "an established and growing part of the diverse structure of families in the United States"5 as proclaimed in the AAP report.

Children do not derive their psychosocial and emotional well-being from legal rights granted to them by the state. Rather, a child's well-being is optimally nurtured within a stable family setting with parents who are loving, affirming, protective, directive, and committed to one another. It is true that the state can augment such a setting, but well-being must first begin within the home. Therefore, the authors are gravely misguided in claiming that "[c]hildren's wellbeing relies in large part on a complex blend of their own legal rights and the rights derived, under law, from their parents."6

The evidence of favorable outcomes from homosexual parenting used in this article is the same faulty research cited in the AAP's 2002 same-sex adoption policy statement.7 The studies suffer critical flaws such as nonlongitudinal design, inadequate sample size, biased sample selection, lack of proper controls, and failure to account for confounding variables.8 Within the earlier policy statement was the acknowledgment that "[t]he small and nonrepresentative samples studied and the relatively young age of most of the children suggest some reserve."9(p343) With no such caution, Pawelski et al proclaim, "There is ample evidence to show that children raised by same-gender parents fare as well as those raised by heterosexual parents. ... These data have demonstrated no risk to children as a result of growing up in a family with 1 or more gay parents."10 It is appalling that a professional medical organization could so recklessly champion "evidence" when none exists. In fact, child-rearing studies have consistently indicated that children are more likely to thrive emotionally, mentally, and physically in homes with 2 heterosexual parents.1113

In fact, children reared in homosexual households experience and are exposed to greater health risks than those in heterosexual married households.14 Homosexual partnerships are significantly more prone to dissolution than heterosexual marriages, with the average homosexual relationship lasting only 2 to 3 years.1518 Children reared in homosexual households are more likely to experience sexual confusion, practice homosexual behavior, and engage in sexual experimentation.19(p213),20,21,22(p7),23(p174,179) Adolescents and young adults who adopt the homosexual lifestyle, like their adult counterparts, are at increased risk of mental health problems, including major depression, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, substance dependence, and especially suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.24 These findings are in direct contradiction to the claims of the AAP.

Noticeably missing from the review is any focused research regarding the effects of marriage law on children, which is the purported topic of the article. Also omitted is any mention of the legal and social service benefits currently afforded the child under the care of a single parent or within a step household. In fact, legal rights and social assistance are currently available to children in nonintact homes without giving household partners full marital rights and privileges. Rather than addressing this fact, the authors defend their opposition to the Federal Marriage Amendment by listing 41 benefits that the homosexual household would lose if the amendment was enacted. Realistically, at least 20 of the benefits could still be obtained by execution of legal documents such as power of attorney or designation of beneficiary, and a minimum of 10 would primarily benefit only the adults.

Most of the parental rights desired by same-sex marriage proponents are premised more on biological linkage than legal marital status. Professor Teresa Collett of the St Thomas School of Law explains, "A stepparent is not entitled to be considered a ‘parent’ after the dissolution of the marriage to the biological parent. A presumption of parentage based on marriage is limited to husbands only. Offspring of the husband born to a woman other than his wife are not presumed to be the children of the wife because there is no biological linkage. Similarly, a child cannot be biological offspring of both same-sex partners. In contemporary society, an increasing number of caregivers are biologically unrelated to the child—stepparents, childcare providers, teachers, etc. A child's relationship with any of these people can be formative and often benefits from stability, but the state does not impose continuing obligations of care or support on these individuals as a general rule. Absent radical restructuring of the law pertaining to support of biologically related children, recognition of same-sex unions creates no legal benefit to children."25 As such, civil marriages would benefit the adults, not the children.

Heterosexual marriage is a unique and natural institution from which new life arises and within which new life naturally flourishes. Historians have noted that marriage between a man and a woman is an essential characteristic of civilization and, as such, is the "seedbed" of society.26 Society will always depend on heterosexual marriage to provide for future generations. The child receives protection and nurturance by the natural affection and attachment of the biological mother and father. Civil unions of homosexual caregivers cannot possess this natural chemistry for the child. The heterosexual marriage is a legal and social commitment of unique importance to the child and society and, therefore, is deserving of exceptional privilege and protection. It is dangerously shortsighted to experiment with diluting this distinction.

Studies have consistently shown that family structure does matter, with children from traditional, intact families (2 heterosexual, married parents and biological children) faring better than those reared in nonintact families (single, step, or cohabiting parents).27 The beneficial effects include better behavior, higher literacy, higher grades, lower truancy, lower depression/anxiety, better physical health, lower antisocial behavior, lower adolescent substance abuse, closer attachment to parents, lower adolescent sexual activity, and closer monitoring of the child by parents of intact families. Research indicates that most children in nonintact families are at an educational and social disadvantage compared with children in intact families.

With little or no legal benefit to children and the clear possibility of imposed health risks, it would seem the AAP agenda to grant legal marriage status to homosexual couples is primarily about privileges for homosexual adults. Advocating for such a bold, historic change in family law without indisputable evidence of benefit to the child places children in a dangerous position as subjects within an adult, politically motivated experiment. Do we really want to place children in a sort of adoptive vivisection experiment and argue that this practice is really for their benefit?

To grant legal marriage rights to domestic partnerships or any combination of adults other than the heterosexual couple would begin a slippery slide toward complete dissolution of marriage. The unintended consequences to society may be profound. If 2 homosexual adults are deemed as worthy to care for a child as the biological parents, then what about a marriage of 3 or 4 adults? What about granting married status to an adult and a child? As peculiar as these possibilities may seem, modern-day groups have championed their realization.28 Heterosexual marriage must be socially encouraged and legally advocated to propagate its occurrence.

The purpose of the AAP article is summarized in its concluding quote of an American Psychiatric Association policy statement that supports "the legal recognition of same-sex civil marriage with all rights, benefits, and responsibilities conferred by civil marriage, and opposes restrictions to those same rights, benefits, and responsibilities." We are opposed this position because of its absence of evidence-based research and potential negative consequences on children. Granting legal marital status to homosexual civil unions would be a tragic miscalculation that would bring irreparable damage to society, the family, and the child.

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Federal Marriage Amendment Letter
Pediatricians Defend the Family

As pediatricians we devote our professional lives to the health and well-being of the children we see. We strive to blend our scientific understanding of illness with our compassion for the child to achieve the best outcome through our daily encounters. In addition to the individual care we offer, we have a responsibility to influence our society for the betterment of children today and into the next generation. The fundamental, procreational family unit of one man with one woman in a marriage relationship is under attack. Despite solid, time-honored evidence that children optimally develop in such a setting, contemporary researchers are claiming that the parental arrangement does not matter. In unprecedented social experimentation, efforts are being made to deconstruct the marriage unit in order to endorse same-sex parenting, divorce, and practically any other parenting combination imaginable.

The Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) protects marriage from redefinition by legislatures and the courts, both state and federal. It would also prevent the courts from giving away the legal benefits of marriage to other “partnership” combinations. State legislatures would retain their power, as the U.S. Constitution prescribes, to make decisions on matters of family law including the legal status of non-marital relationships and benefits. The Federal Marriage Amendment simply states: "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman."

Validating other partnership combinations as “marriage” will ultimately hurt our children. For instance, homosexual unions deliberately deny a child either a mother or a father. Social science research is conclusive that children without a married mom and dad suffer significantly.

Upholding traditional marriage is about justice for children. Children do not have the ability to protect themselves from family arrangements which deliberately deny them a mother or a father. Alternative marriage arrangements place adult desires above the best interest of children, which the government has a special responsibility to uphold. The Federal Marriage Amendment will preserve traditional marriage, therefore protecting the best interests of children.

Please join us as pediatricians united for the defense of marriage and protection of all children. Support the Federal Marriage Amendment by signing your name to the letter.


TEXT OF THE LETTER

 



December 21, 2005


Open letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert from the Pediatrician members and friends of the American College of Pediatricians


Dear Senator Frist and Representative Hastert:

The Board of Directors of the American College of Pediatricians, an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of the youngest of our citizens, its members and supporters strongly urge you to press forward with vigor and amend the Constitution to guarantee that marriage in the United States will forever be defined as the union of one man and one woman.

We support this amendment because it will prevent the continuing erosion of the safety, nurturance, and protection afforded to children by this time honored marital partnership. Anything less than a Constitutional amendment would allow continued discrimination against those children, few in number now, who are being used by social engineers to support what a small number of selfish adults want, over the needs of potentially hundreds, perhaps eventually thousands, of children.

More than twenty years ago, we Pediatricians read with curiosity, social science literature which alleged that children reared by divorced parents did as well or better than children reared by intact families. We read those articles and questioned their validity. The findings seemed unsupported by traditional scientific measures and the conclusions denied thousands of years of tradition. Unfortunately for the children, this concept was supported and promoted by the Media and even, we are sad to say, by many of our Pediatrician colleagues. Only in the last five years or so have we learned how much damage was done to children by this thoughtless support of divorce. Adult wants overwhelmed the needs and best interests of children, and we are continuing to see the dire consequences of that defeat in our medical offices, clinics, and hospitals.

What does that have to do with the issue of homosexual parenting? Everything! Again, social scientists, the Media, and a small number of misinformed Pediatricians are disregarding the real needs of children and asking that again in this country there is conducted an uncontrolled, unscientific, social experiment on our children by encouraging their rearing by same-sex parents.

Almost all of us work with children in these situations. We see first hand how the loss of either a male or female parent impinges on, particularly, the emotional growth and well-being of the children. Despite that, and perhaps with increased fervor because of that, we love them, provide care for them, and counsel their guardians as best we can to help them through their childhood. Through health or illness, simple or serious, we assure that no child is deprived of care and no parent or guardian is deprived of the emotional support that all other parents receive. As with other families in our practices we write letters to insurance companies to make sure that care is financially supported. We do the same to employers to encourage leave and other benefits employers are sometimes reluctant to provide for any employee. We advocate for all children equally. The proposed Marriage Amendment would do nothing to change what we do to make sure that no child or family feels slighted.

We, the undersigned, are distressed that some professional medical organizations have ignored both science and tradition in helping to promote this misguided social experiment. Our children deserve better than this and the best science demonstrates that now, as always, children do best when reared by a man and woman, mother and father, married and committed to them. Our children, the future of our Nation, deserve the best that we can provide for them. Let’s not make their lives more difficult than they already are. Please pass the Federal Marriage Amendment to assure that present and future generations of children will not, once again, fall victim to the triumph of selfish adult wants over their real needs.

Sincerely,

Joseph R. Zanga, MD, FCP, FAAP
President, American College of Pediatricians
Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics



Please click HERE to sign the letter.

Please alert other pediatricians to this urgent issue. Encourage them to visit www.acpeds.org and sign the letter.


TITILAYO ADETOLA ADESANMI, MBBS, MD
DR
(PAEDIATRICIAN)
NONE
MEMBER WEST AFRICAN COLLEGE OF PAEDIATRICIANS (FACULTY OF PAEDIATRICS), MEMBER NATIONAL POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL COLLEGE, NIGERIA (FACULTY OF PAEDIATRICS).
ENUGU, ENUGU


WILLIAM J. ALLEN JR., MD
FAAP


JAMES C. ANDERSON, IV, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
VICE PRESIDENT, CORNERSTONE HEALTH CARE
CORNERSTONE PEDIATRICS
HIGH POINT, NC


JOHN J ASTRINO, MD
CLINICAL ASST. PROFESSOR, PEDIATRICS
ATTENDING PHYSICIAN, AKRON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
NEOUCOM
HUDSON, OH


BARBARA L. AYARS, MD
CHIEF OF PEDIATRICS
PRIMARY CARE HEALTH SERVICES
PITTSBURGH, PA


ERROL C BAPTIST, MD
CLINICAL PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
PEDIATRICIAN
UNIV OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS


MICHAEL D BATEMAN, DO
CHAIRMAN, DEPT OF PEDIATRICS
CHAIRMAN, DEPT OF PEDIATRICS
AFFILIATED COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER
WILLMAR, MINNESOTA


WILLIAM REED BELL, SR., MD
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICS
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA


LAWRENCE N BENNETT, MD
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY STRITCH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
MAYWOOD, IL


THOMAS BART BERGER BENTON, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
PRIVATE PRACTICE
GAINESVILLE, FL


PAUL BILLING, MD
FACEP
WOODCREEK HEALTHCARE
PUYALLUP, WA


LADONNA K BINGHAM, MD
FLORIDA PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES
ST PETERSBURG, FL


BARBARA H. BITTNER, MD
ST. MARY'S CLINICS
ST. PAUL, MN


TONYA R BLAKEMORE, MD
FREMONT COUNTY PEDIATRIC CLINIC
LANDER, WY


DANIEL GILBERT BLOMENBERG, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
F.A.A.P.
NORFOLK, NE


MICHAEL J BLYTH, MD, MPH
PEDIATRICIAN
SIM USA
CHARLOTTE, NC


JENNETTE L BOAKES, MD
PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ORTHOPEDICS
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS MEDICAL SCHOOL
SACRAMENTO, CA


WALTER C BOUTWELL, MD
DR
MONTGOMERY, AL


DEBRA L. BOYER, MD
YPSILANTI, MI


KATHERINE H BREWER, MD
DIRECTOR OF ASTHMA/ALLERGY /CLINIC
WOODCREEK HEALTHCARE
PUYALLUP, WA


JENNIFER S. BROWN, MD
CHILD MEDICAL EXAMINER
FRANKLIN, NC


DANA BUCHANAN, MD
PHYSICIAN
MPH
CMDA, AAP, ACP
NEW MILFORD, CT


SUSAN H. BUCKNER, MD
DOCTOR
FAAP
AUSTIN, TEXAS


AARON W. CALHOUN, MD
CLINICAL FELLOW, PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF BOSTON
BOSTON, MA


DOUGLAS T. CAMPBELL, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
WEST MEMPHIS, AR


ROBERT A. CAMPBELL, MD
FAAP
AUGUSTA, GA


ENRIQUE J CANTON, MD, FAAP, KM
CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA


DAVID M CASTELLAN, MD
FCP


CHRISTINA E CASTLEBERRY, MD
PEDIATRIC RESIDENT
VCUHS
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA


YAT-SEN DOOLEY CHEN, MD, MPH
PEDIATRIC SPECIALISTS OF FOXBOROUGH AND WRENTHAM
FOXBOROUGH, MA


PAUL CHRISTAKIS, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA


CHRISTOPHER W CLARDY, MD
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS


REGINA CLARK, MD
GENERAL PEDIATRICIAN
NEWARK, DELAWARE


JEFFREY A. CLEVELAND, MD
CHARLOTTE PEDIATRIC CLINIC
CHARLOTTE, NC


SCOTT C COLE, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
CMDA
WOODSTOCK, VA


JENNIFER M COLLIER, MD
PEDIATRIC RESIDENT
ARKANSAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
LITTLE ROCK, AR


ROBERT G COLLINS, MD
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICS
FINCASTLE, VA


JEFFREY D COOPER, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
DULUTH, GA


HEATHER L COOPER, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
THOMASVILLE PEDIATRICS
THOMASVILLE, NC


MARK R CORKINS, MD
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
INDIANAPOLIS, IN


MICHAEL P COTTER, MD, FAAP
PEDIATRICIAN
DAVIDSONVILLE PEDIATRICS
DAVIDSONVILLE, MD


ANN M CRAIG, MD
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN PEDIATRICS
BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
HOUSTON, TX


MICHELLE ANNE CRETELLA, MD
FCP, FAAP
WESTERLY, RI


JOHN I CRONKHITE, MD
FAAP, FACEP
PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE
BLOOMINGTON, IN


HOLLY BETH DANIEL, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
FELLOW OF AAP
KANSAS CITY, MO


FRANCIS P DARR, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
CHEBOYGAN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
CHEBOYGAN, MI


FEDERICO CARLOS DE MIRANDA, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
FAAP, FCP
AAP, ACP
FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS


ANTJE S. DEW, MD
PEDIATRICS
GRAND RAPIDS, MI


BRIAN W DONNELLY, MD
PITTSBURGH, PA


G. KEVIN DONOVAN, MD, MLA
PROFESSOR & VICE-CHAIR, PEDIATRICS
DIRECTOR - BIOETHICS CENTER
OU COLLEGE OF MEDICINE -TULSA
TULSA, OK


HELEN S. DOSS, MD, FAAP
PEDIATRICS AND TROPICAL MEDICINE
SIL, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MCLEAN, VIRGINIA (VOTING RESIDENCE ONLY)


JENNIFER L DRAKE, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
AUGUSTA, GA


MARK DUFF, MD
FAAP
PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES
MANHATTAN, KS


ROBERT B EANETT, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
LAKELAND, FL


SARA S EAPEN, MD
CLEVELAND, OHIO


RUSSELL E. EBERSOLE IV, MD
CHIEF OF STAFF
STAFF PEDIATRICIAN (MISSIONARY)
HOSPITAL BAPTISTE BIBLIQUE
ADETA, TOGO, WEST AFRICA


ROBERT S ELLISON, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR
WATAUGA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
BOONE,, NC


WARREN D. ERVIN, MD
STAFF PEDIATRICIAN
CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR VANDERBILT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
TENNESSEE PEDIATRICS
NASHVILLE, TN


KARI O. EVERETT, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
ORION PEDIATRICS
LAKE ORION, MI


DANIEL A FALCO,
CHILDREN'S MEDICAL SPECIALISTS OF SACRAMENTO
SACRAMENTO, CA


RICHARD Y. FARNSWORTH, MD
PROVO, UTAH


JOHN T FITCH, JR., MD
AAP
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS


PATRICIA O. FRANCIS, MD
LAFAYETTE, CA.


MICHAEL R FRANKS, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
COLUMBUS, OH


THOMAS A FRANTZEN, MEDICAL
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
VA
JOHNSON CITY, TN


CARRIE C FRIESEN, MD
PEDIATRIC RESIDENT
WINSTON-SALEM, NC


TERESA L FRITTS, MD
INTERNIST/PEDIATRICIAN
MEMPHIS, TN


C. CHANNING FRYKMAN, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
FAAP, CMDA
LOS ANGELES, CA


ALAN G GETTS, MD
COVENANT PEDIATRICS
AUGUSTA, GA


MARTIN C GLOVER, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
PEDIATRIC HEALTHCARE
MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA


LISA GOFF, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
SILVER SPRING, MD


LINDA M GOURASH, MD
CO-FOUNDER
PITTSBURGH PARTNERSHIP
PITTSBURGH, PA


MARK S GRUBB, MD
ACP
EDGEWOOD, WA


DONALD J HAGLER, MD
PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
MAYO COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
ROCHESTER, MN


CYNTHIA B. HALE, MD, MPH
F.A.A.P.
ALBANY, NY


TARA N HAMADA, MD
BRENTWOOD, TN


AARON HANNA, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
AUGUSTA, GA


PURVIS E HARPER, MD
GENERAL PEDIATRICIAN
AAP, CHRISTIAN MEDICAL AND DENTAL ASSOC., HARRIS CO. MED SOC
HUMBLE, TX


CHARLOTTE HARWARD, MD
FAAP, PEDIATRICIAN
WESTFIELD, MA


CHARLES S HAYEK, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
SHELBY CHILDREN'S CLINIC
SHELBY, NC


KEITH HERZOG, MD
ASSISTANT PROF. OF PEDIATRICS
DREXEL UNIV. COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
PHILADELPHIA, PA


ALLEN L HOEKMAN, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
SIOUX VALLEY CLINIC - WATERTOWN
WATERTOWN, SOUTH DAKOTA


ROBERT P HOFFMAN, MD
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH
COLUMBUS, OHIO


WILLIAM J. HOGAN, MD
PEDIATRIC MEDICAL GROUP
HOUSTON, TEXAS


BRYAN R HOLLINGER, MD MPH
MEDICAL DIRECTOR
ESPERANZA HEALTH CENTER
PHILADELPHIA, PA


LUCY C HOLMES, MD
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CLINICAL PEDIATRICS
CONTINUITY CLINIC DIRECTOR
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BUFFALO
BUFFALO, NEW YORK


R. ARNOLD ISLEY, MD, MPH
GENERAL PEDIATRICIAN
FAAP, AM. COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS
SNELLVILLE, GA


REBECCA C JAMES, MD
JACKSON, MS


TIMOTHY D. JOHANSON, MD
AFFILIATE PROFESSOR IN PEDIATRICS UNIVERSITY OF MN
METROPOLITAN PEDIATRIC SPECIALISTS
EDINA, MN


RICHARD O JOHNSON, MD, MPH
PEDIATRICIAN, PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER
MAMMOTH HOSPITAL
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA


HELEN S. JOHNSTONE, MD
PHYSICIAN
SKOKIE, ILLINOIS


CHRISTOPHER R JONES, MD
LAWNDALE CHRISTIAN HEALTH CENTER
CHICAGO, IL


WOODSON S JONES, MD
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS


ROBERT R JONES, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
NEVADA MEDICAL CLINIC


PATRICIA LEE JUNE, MD
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS
MOULTRIE, GA


PHILLIP H. KALEIDA, MD, FAAP, FCP
PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
PITTSBURGH, PA


JUN H KANG, MD
GAINESVILLE, VA


WILLIAM E KEITER, JR, MD
ACOP
KINSTON, NC


CALVIN A KIERUM, MD
WOODCREEK HEALTHCARE
PUYALLUP, WASHINGTON


BRIAN N KILPATRICK, MD
PEDIATRICIAN AND INTERNIST
METTOWEE VALLEY FAMILY HEALTH CENTER
WEST PAWLET, VERMONT


KARLA R. KITCH, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
PORTLAND, OR


NATHAN P KNUTSON, MD
PEDIATRIC RESIDENT
SHANDS AT UF
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA


JACK A KOPECHEK, MD
CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
COLUMBUS, OHIO


MATTHEW J KORNEGAY, MD
INTERNAL MEDICINE AND PEDIATRICS
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA


BETH Y. LAMBERT, MD
PEDIATRICIAN, LAUREL PEDIATRIC ASSOC, INC.
AAP
JOHNSTOWN, PA


CONSUELO A LEBLANC, PEDIATRICIAN


LENORA M LEHWALD, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY FELLOW
MAYO CLINIC
ROCHESTER, MN


LAWRENCE MICHAEL LERMAN, DO
ANDOVER, MA


DONALD H. LEWIS, MD
FCP
HOLSTON MEDICAL GROUP
KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE


PAMELA B. LIANG, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
FELLOW, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
SUGAR LAND, TX


DAVID J. LIM, MD
F.A.A.P.
HOUSTON, TX


BRIAN A LISHAWA, MD
UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK


LEA ANN LUND, MD
PEDIATRICS RESIDENT
CINCINNATI CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
CINCINNATI, OH


DAVID G MALPASS, MD
PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGIST
GREENVILLE HOSPITAL SYSTEM
SIMPSONVILLE, SC


MARK S MANNENBACH, MD
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
DIVISION HEAD OF PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE
MAYO COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
ROCHESTER, MN


MICHAEL D MARSH, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
CORNERSTONE PEDIATRICS
WEATHERFORD, TX


LINDA R. MARSHALL, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
PRIVATE PRACTICE
DUBLIN, VA


HEATHER MARTEN, MD
SENIOR PEDIATRIC RESIDENT
RAINBOW BABIES AND CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
CLEVELAND, OH


LYNETTE K MARTIN, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
OWENSBORO PEDIATRICS
OWENSBORO, KY


BETH A MARTIN, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
COEUR D'ALENE, ID


RANDOLPH MATTHEWS, MD
PRESIDENT COLUMBUS PEDIATRICS & ADOL CARE
WHITEVILLE, NC


PATRICK O MAYNORD, MD
MED-PEDS
BIRMINGHAM, AL


JAMES V MCDONALD, MD
CHILDREN'S CLINIC OF LAWRENCEBURG
ACP
LAWRENCEBURG, TN


DAVID W MCGEHEE, MD
DIRECTOR OF PEDIATRICS, LINCOLN GENERAL HOSPITAL
FAAP, DIRECTOR OF PEDIATRICS GREEN CLINIC
RUSTON, LA


MARK B. MCHANEY, MD
ABINGDON, VA


SCOTT W MCKERCHER, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA


DAVID J. MCLARIO, DO, MS
VICE CHIEF OF URGENT CARE MEDICINE
CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE OF ATLANTA AT SCOTTISH RITE
ATLANTA, GEORGIA


THOMAS R MERCIER, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
MATTITUCK, NY


MARILYN A MEYER, MD
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA


AMY MILAN, MD
RESIDENT, INTERNAL MEDICINE & PEDIATRICS
OMAHA, NE


RONALD V MILLER, MD
ACP
GALLATIN, TN


JOHN S. MITCHELL, M D
PEDIATRICS (RETIRED)
METHODIST HOSPITAL OF INDIANAPOLIS
FISHERS, INDIANA


JOHN E MONTGOMERY, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS
COLUMBUS, INDIANA


STEVEN L MOORE, MD
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
AUGUSTA, GA


WILLIAM R MOORE, MD
CLARKSVILLE, TN


TERRI LYNN MORALES, MSN
PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER
RN
PUYALLUP, WA


DAVID L. MORRISON, MD, FCP
PEDIATRICIAN
MONTGOMERY, AL


DENISE Y MOSLEY,
DUKE UNIVERSITY
RALEIGH, NC


JAN MUELLER, MD
ST. LOUIS, MO


STEPHEN OMBOK MUHUDHIA, MBCHB )
CONSULTANT PEDIATRICIAN
-
CHRISTIAN MEDICAL FELLOWSHIP-KENYA
NAIROBI, KENYA


DAVID P MUNSON, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
SIOUX FALLS, SD


GERTRUDE MURPHY, MD
CARITAS ST. ELIZABETH'S MEDICAL CENTER
WEYMOUTH, MA


PETER M NAKAGUCHI, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
CHRISTIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
FRESNO, CA


MARK S NICKS, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
KAISER
WOODLAND HILLS, CA


GILBERT A NORWOOD, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
AAP
DANVERS,, MASS


CHRISTOPHER O'HARA, MD
ATTENDING PEDIATRICIAN
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS, DREXEL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
ST. CHRISTOPHER'S HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
PHILADELPHIA, PA


ROSS S. OLSON, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA


DANIELLE R ONSTOT, MD
FAAP
OXNARD, CA


JENNY S PAN, MD
SEAL BEACH, CA


TONG PARK,
IFHC
FALLS CHURCH, VA


JEFFREY V. PAUL, MD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR NEONATAL TRANSPORT
METHODIST CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
SAN ANTONIO, TX


THOMAS E PAULUS, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
ALL FOR KIDS PEDIATRIC CLINIC
LITTLE ROCK, AR


WILLIAM R PAYNE, MD
CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA


JAMES M. PEARSON, MD
ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR, ETSU COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
FIRSTCHOICE HEALTHCARE
JOHNSON CITY, TN


RUSS W PETTY, MD
PHYSICIAN
CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
TOWNER COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
CANDO, ND


STEPHEN L PHILLIPS, MD
EASTERN PEDIATRICS
GREENVILLE, NC


BRUCE J PISTORIUS, MD
REV.
SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA


ANGELA POTTER, MD
FAMILY MEDICINE
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
UNIV. OF TN
COVINGTON, TN


ERIC C POTTER, MD
LAWNDALE CHRISTIAN HEALTH CENTER
CHICAGO, IL


GEORGE C POWERS, MD
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS


SHARON QUICK, MD
PIERCE COUNTY, WA


JAMES W. RACKLEY, MD
FAAP
WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA


KENNETH M RAFAL, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
MMM
FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO


ALEXANDER T RAKOWSKY, MD
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
OHIO STATE MEDICAL SCHOOL
COLUMBUS, OH


SAMUEL DUBOSE RAVENEL, MD
F.A.A.P.
CORNERSTONE PEDIATRICS
HIGH POINT, NORTH CAROLINA


SAMUEL RECK, MD
DERMATOLOGY RESIDENT, PEDIATRICIAN
MARSHFIELD, WI


TIMOTHY D RICE, MD
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR PEDIATRICS
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
ST. LOUIS, MO


GEORGE A. RICHARD, MD PEDIATRICIAN
EMERITUS PROF. OF PEDS
UNIV. OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA


STEPHEN C RIGGS, MD
CEDAR FALLS, IA


HUMBERTO RODRIGUEZ, MD
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
OB/GYN-UTMCK
KNOXVILLE, TN


HUMBERTO B. RODRIGUEZ, MD
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
UTMCK
KNOXVILLE, TN.


HOWARD L. ROGERS, MD, MPH
GAINESVILLE, FL


CHERYL W. ROGERS, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
GAINESVILLE, FL


DAVID B ROOS, MD
KIDSAURORA.COM
AURORA, CO


BRUCE W ROWELL, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
MEDICAL DIRECTOR
LAWNDALE CHRISTIAN HEALTH CENTER
CHICAGO, IL


EUGENIA T SANDERS, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
LAWNDALE CHRISTIAN HEALTH CENTER
CHICAGO, IL


JAMES O SANDERS, MD
CHIEF OF STAFF
SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN
ERIE, PA


ROBERT W. SAUNDERSON, JR., MD
DEVELOPMENTAL/BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICS
DOVER, DELAWARE


GERHARD F SAWALL, MD
WAUKESHA, WI


ROBERT J SAXER, MD
EXEC. VICE PRESIDENT CMA
PAST PRESIDENT CMA
CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION


JULIE H. SCHOPPS, MD
PIEDMONT HEALTHCARE PEDIATRICS
STATESVILLE, NC


DONALD C. SCHUESSLER, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
GOUVERNEUR PEDIATRICS
GOUVERNEUR, NY


MICHAEL S SCOTT, DO FAAP, ACP
PRIVATE PRACTICE : INTERNAL MEDICINE & PEDIATRICS
THE INTERNAL MEDICINE AND PEDIATRIC CLINIC OF NEW ALBANY, PLLC
NEW ALBANY, MS


JAMES U. SCOTT, MD, MPH
DEVELOPMENTAL PEDIATRICIAN
AGC PEDIATRICS
CALHOUN, GA


KELLEY FORD SHIPPEY III, MD
UH MED-PEDS RESIDENT


JEFFREY A SIMON, MD
FACP
MONTGOMERY, AL


ROSALYN J SINGLETON, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
ALASKA NATIVE TRIBAL HEALTH CORPORATION
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA


BARBARA J SKELTON, MD
FAAP
HAWKINS COUNTY, TN


TINA M. SLUSHER, MD
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY


KIMBERLY A SLUSSER, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
BROKEN ARROW, OK


MARK J SNELL, MD
LOCUM TENENS/MISSIONARY SURGEON
LIFE MEMBER, CHRISTIAN MEDICAL AND DENTAL ASSOCIATION; AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS; SOCIETY OF AIR FORCE CLINICAL SURGEONS
BONNEY LAKE, WA


JOSEPH P SORENSON, MD
ACP
THOMASVILLE, GA


ANNELISE S SPEES, MD
DR
FAAP, CHIEF OF PEDIATRICS, PENROSE-ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
DOCTORS MEDICAL GROUP OF CO SPRINGS
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO


CHARLES H STAAB, MD
CHIEF OF PEDIATRICS
ASSISTANT MEDICAL DIRECTOR
WHEELING HOSPITAL
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA


DONGMIN SUH, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
GARDEN GROVE, CA.


DAVID B SUTTON, MD
FELLOW--AAP, MEMBER--CMDA
MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN


TIMOTHY V SWANSON, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
FAAP, CMDA, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS
AFFILIATED COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTERS
WILLMAR, MN


RICHARD A SWITZER, MD
CLINICAL PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN


TOBY A TAYLOR, MD
TOBY TAYLOR MD, FAAP
AAP, ACP, AMA
UTICA, NEW YORK


DAVID C THORREZ, MD
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
ANN ARBOR, MI


MICHAEL D TRAYLOR, MD, MPA
STAFF PEDIATRICIAN
CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR, CASE WESTERN RESERVE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
METROHEALTH MEDICAL CENTER, CLEVELAND, OH
CLEVELAND, OH


JOHN W TRIESCHMANN, MD
BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICIAN
-
COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS
HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS


DEN A. TRUMBULL, MD
TREASURER
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS
MONTGOMERY, AL


REGINALD C TSANG, MD
PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
FORMER DIRECTOR OF NEONATOLOGY
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF CINCINNATI
CINCINNATI, OHIO


JAMES D TUTOR, MD
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT MEMPHIS
MEMPHIS, TN


JILL R UTLEY, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
SPRINGFIELD CLINIC
LINCOLN, ILLINOIS


JERRY E VANKUIKEN, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
NORTH OTTAWA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
GRAND HAVEN, MI


JOHN R VASKO, JR, MD
ACR
SAMMAMISH, WA


DONALD D VASSER, MD
CHAIR DEPT OF PEDIATRICS
NORTHERN NAVAJO MEDICAL CENTER
SHIPROCK, NM


FELIPE E VIZCARRONDO, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
FCP, FAAP
CORAL GABLES, FL


FELIPE E VIZCARRONDO, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
FCP, FAAP
CORAL GABLES, FL


STEPHEN T WALKER, MD
PRESIDENT
ELKIN PEDIATRIC & ADULT MEDICINE
ELKIN, NC


HARRY J. WANDER, MD
CLINICAL PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
CHIEF OF PEDIATRICS, SUTTER NORTH MEDICAL GROUP
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
YUBA CITY, CA


STEPHEN G WATSON, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
KAISER
WOODLAND HILLS, CA


WILLIAM K WATTERSON, MD
MIDLOTHIAN, VA


EDWARD R WESTMARK, M D
PEDIATRICIAN
GULF BREEZE, FL


JOHN F WHALLEY, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
MOUNTAIN VIEW PEDIATRICS
MORGANTON, NC


JUDITH V. WILLIAMS, MD
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS AND DERMATOLOGY
EASTERN VIRGINIA MEDICAL SCHOOL
NORFOLK, VA


KARL K WILLIAMS, MD
BLOOMINGTON, MN


LEAH M WILLSON, MD
PEDIATRICIAN
HUTCHINSON MEDICAL CENTER
HUTCHINSON, MN


ROBERT K. WILSON, JR., MD
PEDIATRIC CLERKSHIP DIRECTOR
CLINICAL PROFESSOR OF PEDIATRICS
FLORIDA STATE U. COM-PENSACOLA CAMPUS
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA


DANA T WITMER, MD
PHYSICIAN/PEDIATRICIAN
ESPERANZA HEALTH CLINIC
BALA CYNWYD, PA


CHRISTOPHER OWEN WOOD, MD
ASSOCIATE CLINICAL PROFESSOR OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE
CLARIAN METHODIST EMERGENCY MEDICINE AND TRAUMA CENTER
INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA


JEAN A WRIGHT, MD MBA
CHAIR OF PEDIATRICS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
MERCER SCHOOL OF MEDICINE - SAVANNAH
SAVANNAH, GA


FERDINAND D. YATES, JR., MD, MA (BIOETHICS)
SENIOR PEDIATRICIAN
GENESEE-TRANSIT PEDIATRICS
BUFFALO, NEW YORK


ALEAN J ZEILER, MD
TOLEDO, OHIO


DAVID W ZELIS, MD, MA (BIOETHICS)
PEDIATRICIAN
YORK, PA

 

 

 

 

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Even Rosie Knows Homosexual Adoption Puts Children at Risk
By Gary Glenn

The media glorified Rosie O’Donnell’s public announcement that she has sex with other women. But it glossed over these startling contradictions: O’Donnell’s frank admission that she believes her own adopted children would be better off being raised by a married mother and father, bolstered by the hope that they won’t follow her example of choosing to engage in homosexual behavior.

“Would it be easier for [my kids] if I were married to a man? It probably would,” O’Donnell told ABC Primetime Thursday reporter Diane Sawyer.

And when asked if she hopes her adopted children will grow up to be “straight”…

“Yes, I do,” Rosie said. “I think life is easier if you’re straight. … If I were to pick, would I rather have my children have to go through the struggles of being gay in America, or being heterosexual, I would say heterosexual.”

Rosie also revealed that her six-year-old son Parker has told her, “I want to have a daddy.” She responded, “If you were to have a daddy, you wouldn’t have me as a mommy, because I’m the kind of mommy who wants another mommy. This is the way mommy got born.”

Thus the biggest conclusion Americans should draw from the Rosie O’Donnell confessional is this — that Miss O’Donnell is a spoiled, privileged adult who put her own feelings ahead of what even she believes would be in the best interests of the children. She used her privilege and wealth to place children too young to object in an environment two recent studies indicate will make them more likely to engage in the very high risk behavior Rosie hopes they won’t.

The scientific fact is that children’s health is endangered if they are adopted into households in which the adults — as a direct consequence of their homosexual behavior — experience dramatically higher risks of domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, life-threatening disease, and premature death by up to 20 years.

  • “The probability of violence occurring in a gay couple is mathematically double the probability of that in a heterosexual couple,” write the editors of the National Gay & Lesbian Domestic Violence Network newsletter.
  • The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that “people with same-sex sexual behavior are at greater risk for psychiatric disorders” — including bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, and anxiety disorders, major depression, and substance abuse.
  • The Medical Institute of Sexual Health reports: “Homosexual men are at significantly increased risk of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, anal cancer, gonorrhea and gastrointestinal infections as a result of their sexual practices. Women who have sex with women are at significantly increased risk of bacterial vaginosis, breast cancer and ovarian cancer than are heterosexual women.” (Executive Summary, “Health Implications Associated with Homosexuality,” 1999)
  • The Institute reports that “significantly higher percentages of homosexual men and women abuse drugs, alcohol and tobacco than do heterosexuals.”
  • Oxford University’s International Journal of Epidemiology reports: “Life expectancy at age 20 years for gay and bisexual men is 8 to 20 years less than for all men. … Nearly half of gay and bisexual men currently aged 20 years will not reach their 65th birthday.”

Is it healthy for children to be adopted by adults whose lifestyle is characterized by promiscuity and the medical hazards of multiple sex partners?

  • A homosexual newsmagazine columnist in Detroit last month wrote regarding his partner: “This is his first relationship, so he has not yet been ruined by all the heartache, lies, deceit, and game-playing that are the hallmark of gay relationships. … A study I once read suggested that nine out of 10 gay men cheat on their lovers” [emphasis added].
  • The Centers for Disease Control warns that men who have sex with men “have large numbers of anonymous partners, which can result in rapid, extensive transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.”

How will being adopted by adults involved in homosexual behavior affect the behavior of children themselves?

  • Associated Press reported last June that a “new study by two University of Southern California sociologists says children with lesbian or gay parents … are probably more likely to explore homosexual activity themselves … (and) grow up to be more open to homoerotic relations.” [emphasis added]
  • A major Australian newspaper reported February 4 on a British sociologist’s review of 144 academic papers on homosexual parenting: “Children raised by gay couples will suffer serious problems in later life, a study into parenting has found. The biggest investigation into same-sex parenting to be published in Europe claims children brought up by gay couples are more likely to experiment with homosexual behavior and be confused about their sexuality.” [emphasis added]

Which means children adopted by adults involved in homosexual behavior face not only secondhand exposure to the risks of such behavior by their “parents,” but are more likely to suffer firsthand by engaging in the same high-risk behavior themselves.

Young people who model the homosexual behavior of their adopted “parents” face other risks:

  • The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry published a study of 4,000 high school students by Harvard Medical School, which found that “gay-lesbian-bisexual youth report disproportionate risk for a variety of health risk and problem behaviors … [from] engag[ing] in twice the mean number of risk behaviors as did the overall population.” (Garofalo, Robert, et al, “The Association Between Health Risk Behaviors and Sexual Orientation Among a School-based Sample of Adolescents,” Pediatrics 101, no. 5, May 1998: 895-902.)
  • “GLB [gay, lesbian, bisexual] orientation was associated with increased … use of cocaine (and other illegal) drugs. GLB youth were more likely to report using tobacco, marijuana, and cocaine before 13 years of age. Among sexual risk behaviors, sexual intercourse before 13 years of age, sexual intercourse with four or more partners … and sexual contact against one’s will all were associated with GLB orientation.”

The sheer weight of evidence makes the issue clear: Should children be handed over as trophies to the homosexual “rights” movement — adopting them into households where they’ll face dramatically higher risk of exposure to domestic violence, mental illness, life-threatening disease and premature death? An environment which increases the chances they’ll engage in high-risk homosexual behavior themselves?

Not on your life, Rosie.

And certainly not theirs.

Gary Glenn, Midland, is president of the American Family Association of Michigan.