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American College of Pediatricians: Traditional Family Best for Kids

 

A statement by the American College of Pediatricians in response to the AAP:

“The American College of Pediatricians reaffirms that the intact, functional family consisting of a married (female) mother and (male) father provides the best opportunity for children. The College, therefore, disputes the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) claim that supporting same-sex unions promotes the “well-being of children.” In its newly released statement, “Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian,” the AAP ignores important research on risks to children in favor of the wants of adults.

“The College does not support the alteration of this time-honored and proven standard to conform to pressures from “politically correct” groups. No one concerned with the well-being of children can reasonably ignore the evidence for maintaining the current standard, nor can they or we ignore the equally strong evidence that harm to children can result if the current standards are rejected,” says Den Trumbull, MD, President of the American College of Pediatricians.  “The AAP ignores generations of evidence of health risks to children in advocating for the legality and legitimacy of same-sex marriage and child-rearing.”

20 Comments

  1. Richard
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Your ACP is an organization of between 60 and 200 professionals. The organization is relatively new and was formed to protest the legal prerogative of gay couples to adopt. It is culturally very conservative. The AAP has a membership of 60,000 professionals, established history and is dedicated to children and families and not a specific cultural cause. ACP lacks the integrity to comment on gay marriage.

  2. Randy E King
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Richard,

    What you propose we accept as truth is inhumane!

    A child raised in an environment that includes access to both of its biological parents is far and away better off then one that isn't just by having immediate access to family medical history.

    If the ACP were as reputable as it claims it would not be so dismissive of this self evident truth.

  3. Richard
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Then Randy, what sense does it make to focus your animus on gay families headed by loving, committed parents? For the life of me I can't figure out why you and others spend so little time screeching about dead-beat dads, kids abandoned to foster care, single mothers, dysfunctional homes. No, it's more fun to attack a loving gay couple and their loved child. Such a huge waste of time.

  4. Randy E King
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Perverts cannot create families within the construct of their depravity Richard.

    This is not the dead-beat dads site; this is the protection of the sanctity of marriage site.

  5. peter
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Randy? Do you have Kids?

  6. bman
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    ACP lacks the integrity to comment on gay marriage.

    The ACP is just as qualified scientifically to comment on existing research as the AAP.

    Since when did scientific facts depend on how many members an agency has?

    Furthermore, several years ago a leaked email from within the AAP revealed a serious disconnect between AAP members and the AAP leadership.

    It said,

    ".......the AAP has received more messages almost all of them CRITICAL from members about the recent Policy Statement on coparent [gay step parent] adoption than it has EVER received on any other topic

    This is a serious problem, as it means that it will become harder to continue the work we have been doing to use the AAP as a vehicle for positive change.

    The AAP will probably receive similar objections from its membership against gay "marriage" as before, and probably censor them as before.

  7. Robert
    Posted March 24, 2013 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    The ACP is just a collection of religionist doctors. They have zero credibility, because they prefer the sky fairy to reality. Thank God they are seen for what they are.

  8. Robert
    Posted March 24, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    “Marriage provides permanence and security for children, and those are extremely important for children’s well-being,” said Perrin, a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine who specializes in the developmental behavior of children. “(Marriage) allows them to grow up in an environment in which they’re confident of the solidity of their family and the fact that their family is just like every other family of kids they know in school.”

  9. Randy E King
    Posted March 24, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Robert,

    Anyone that has a belief system is a religionist; including those whose system of belief agrees with yours.

    Beliefs are not unconstitutional, but the depravity you seek to impose on a free people is.

  10. Posted March 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    ACP is forming from the discontent with the political APA. ACP has as much right to make a scientific pronouncement as the APA. It's up to SCOTUS to see through the politics in science. Science is also big business, of course, since it has to do with Federal grants. Nothing is incorruptible. Not even the sexual act, from which most of us came from.

  11. Posted March 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    errata: AAP

  12. Robert
    Posted March 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    "ACP has as much right to make a scientific pronouncement as the APA"

    Except that they aren't making scientific pronouncements, but rather religio-political ones. There's no science that supports the notion that children are better off with unmarried parents. No study or research supports that claim.

  13. Randy E King
    Posted March 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    @Robert,

    "There's no science that supports the notion that children are better off with unmarried parents."

    This is true, but there happens to be reams of replicated scientific data that affirms that children, in fact. do measurably better in house holds consisting of their biological mother and father.

    You just might be catching on here; good for you!

  14. bman
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Robert->Marriage provides permanence and security for children...said Perrin...

    SSm is a godless form of "marriage" on various levels.

  15. Richard
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    bman, yes, civil marriage can be a godless form of marriage, thank God. We live in The United States of America where godless institutions are constitutionally protected. Marriage is one of them.

  16. bman
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Richard->bman, yes, civil marriage can be a godless form of marriage, thank God. We live in The United States of America where godless institutions are constitutionally protected. Marriage is one of them.

    An institution based on a godless philosophy will not provide the same social goods as one that is God based.

    A godless institution will bias a society toward more godlessness.

    A Godly institution will bias a society toward more Godliness.

    For example, a godless institution will bias a society toward more unwed child births, but a God based institution will bias a society toward responsible procreation.

    One provides long term good to society, the other provides long term harm.

    The projected outcomes are not objectively equal, nor are they equally beneficial to society.

    Monogamous bride groom marriage is a God based institution that provides long term good to society, and it has no equal.

    Calling other forms "equal" merely hides their inherent inequality as well as their inferiority.

  17. Ed Murray
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Richard,

    Will same sex marriage create more than 12 million jobs, end homelessness or end poverty?

    That's what you are saying because it is so much more important.

  18. Richard
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    bman, you have no faith in your fellow man, do you? Your comments are why it is absolutely paramount that in The United States of America (and I say it again) we live in a country where godless institutions are constitutionally protected...and civil government answers to no religion. This is a tremendous gift to Americans so as to protect us from your idea of a god.

  19. Richard
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Ed, not sure of the intent of your question but here goes: I suppose gay marriage could conceivably create 12 million new jobs, why not? Now, as far as ending poverty or homelessness, well, that's a pretty tall order and short of a global die-off of mankind, I'm not sure anything can. What do you think?

  20. Richard
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    It's happening folks, the trickle becomes a stream. Just today, Senators McCaskill, Warner and Rockefeller are on board. Gay marriage yes and DoMA goes down. This is a great country.