Saturday, May 4, 2013

Oppose Texas House Bill 2212

MindFreedom is calling on people to speak out against Texas House Bill 2212, which
will dramatically expand the population eligible for assisted outpatient commitment in this state. In a blatant assault on the right to bodily integrity, the bill would allow psychiatric interventions including what the state says is “clinically necessary medication” to be administered by force to law-abiding citizens living in the their own homes based on a few, elastic criteria.
As they note, their opposition to such policies is shared by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Human Rights Committee and supported by the scientific evidence, including this recent article in the Lancet. (Tom Burns, the lead author and a former advocate of Community Treatment Orders, is now calling for a moratorium. My favorite quote is from the comments: “'Tabloid-inspired legislation turns out to be ineffective' shocker.”)

The bill has been pending in committee since March 27. I’m not sure what if anything that means.

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