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Historic Texas Bill Limits Jail Time for Infanticide Caused by Postpartum Psychosis

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Many thanks to Representative Jessica Farrar, attorney George Parnham, Dr. Margaret Spinelli and Former New Jersey First Lady Mary Jo Codey - all members of the President’s Advisory Council of Postpartum Support International, for continuing to champion legal process, precedent and perspective, for women suffering from extreme postpartum illnesses. It takes strength of character and deep commitment to weather the storms of public outcry that understandably emerge around infant murder. Our nation is further encouraged to search its soul and move toward more empathic understanding of maternal mental illness.


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There is a clear difference between someone who commits infanticide while ill with postpartum psychosis and one who doesn't. These women should be treated differently. It is a failing of society when one of these acts occurs: it means none of us did our job in caring for this woman and her child/children and keeping all of them safe until the mother has recovered.

March 25, 2009 - 9:49am
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Are we living in jungle? All homicide cases do have some psycological angle. We are creating and defending monsters.

March 24, 2009 - 3:47am
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Those of us who are committed to improving the mental health and well-being of mothers and their infants are also unbearably pained and disturbed by the death of an innocent child, but we know without question that the acts that occur in the maelstrom of untreated psychosis are neither well thought out or thought through. They are driven by the cruel aberrations in brain chemistry that make it impossible for the afflicted mother to control her behavior or her actions. To assume that this legislation will promote crimes of infanticide is akin to censoring sex education in schools in the belief that it will increase sexual activity among teens. The most powerful weapon we have is knowledge, education and information. It is legislation like this new bill from Texas that increases society's consciousness about the absolute necessity of increasing awareness of the potentially horrific consequences of undiagnosed and untreated psychosis so that ultimately, we can avoid one more devastating and irreversible death of a child and the accompanying destruction of a family. Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D

March 24, 2009 - 12:32pm
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