National Children's Study Exploits Children; Threatens American Freedom and Industry

Minneapolis/Saint Paul - The National Children’s Study exploits America’s children and threatens the freedom of Americans, said Citizens’ Council on Health Care (CCHC), reacting to today's announcement from the National Institutes of Health.

"100,000 children are about to be exploited and put under a government microscope for the policy purposes of those who want to run our lives," said Twila Brase, president of CCHC.

"Government agencies will use the data to rationalize greater government interference in every aspect of our lives and to further regulate every company that has anything to do with the air we breath, the money we make, the water we drink, the house we live in, or the food we eat," she said.

"The data will be used to write public policies aimed at giving government more authority over the raising of children and the decision-making of industry,"Brase further explained.

Data collected by the study includes:

  • genetics
  • parenting styles
  • child development
  • race and religion
  • home environments
  • emotional stress and neighborhood safety
  • eating habits
  • air, water, house dust
  • income
  • family relationships
  • medical conditions and use of medical services

Brase warned, "Parents are about to become unwitting participants in a long-term study that will harm their children's future, not help them."

The Children's Study, according to the Study's website, which began in 2000 and will study 100,000 children from before birth to age 21, has received $123.6 million from 2000 to 2007 ($69 million in 2007), and is slated to continue through 2034. It's a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"If Congress is spending $69 million this year—before the study has even begun—how much will they spend next year, and the year after that and the year after that, and 27 years into the future? This is another example of Congress using millions of our taxpayer dollars to interfere in our lives and limit our freedom," said Brase.

"Whose big idea is this?" she asked.

The Documents

The Children's Health Act of 2000 (see section 1004)

The National Children's Study

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