Our Chance to Act – Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Act

14 Dec

On September 14, 2006, Rep. Sue Kelly [R-NY], along with co-sponsor Rep. John Doolittle [R-CA], introduced H.R. 6070: Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Act, to the 109th Congress.

This bill was to enhance Federal efforts focused on increasing public awareness of the risks and dangers associated with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

On September 25, 2006, it was referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

This bill never became law. At the end of the congressional session, along with all the other proposed bills and resolutions that weren’t passed, it was cleared from the books.

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On April 25th, 2007, Sen. Christopher Dodd [D-CT], along with six co-sponsors, introduced S. 1204: Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Act of 2007, to the 110th Congress.

Summary:

Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Act of 2007 – Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through various federal agencies, to develop a national Shaken Baby Syndrome public health campaign. Requires the Secretary to: (1) develop a National Action Plan and effective strategies to increase awareness of opportunities to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome; and (2) coordinate the Plan and strategies with evidence-based strategies and efforts that support families with infants and other young children.

Directs the Secretary to carry out communication, education, and training about Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention, including efforts to communicate with the general public, such as by: (1) disseminating effective prevention practices and techniques to parents and caregivers; (2) producing evidence-based educational and information materials; and (3) carrying out Shaken Baby Syndrome training.

Requires the Secretary to work to ensure that the parents and caregivers of children are connected to effective supports through the coordination of existing programs and networks or the establishment of new programs, including a 24-hour phone hotline and the development of an Internet website for round-the-clock support.

Establishes a Shaken Baby Awareness Advisory Council to develop recommendations: (1) regarding the National Action Plan and effective strategies; and (2) related to support services for families and caregivers of young children.

On April 25, 2007, it was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

As of December 10, 2007, this bill is in the first step in the legislative process. Introduced bills go first to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills never make it out of committee. So let’s do something about it!

There are 15 members on the Subcommittee on Children and Families. If one of these Senators is from your State, I urge you to contact them and voice your opinion with regard to moving S. 1204 out of committee and into general debate. Tell them about Baby London Marie. Tell them you want this bill passed into law! Just click on their name, then click on visit official website and you will be taken to their website where you can email them.

Sen. Christopher Dodd [D-CT]
Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN]
Sen. Wayne Allard [R-CO]
Sen. Jeff Bingaman [D-NM]
Sen. Hillary Clinton [D-NY]
Sen. Michael Enzi [R-WY]
Sen. Judd Gregg [R-NH]
Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
Sen. Edward Kennedy [D-MA]
Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R-AK]
Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA]
Sen. Barack Obama [D-IL]
Sen. John Reed [D-RI]
Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS]

Sen. Bernard Sanders [I-VT]

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On April 26, 2007, Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY], along with 28 co-sponsors, introduced H.R. 2052: Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Act of 2007, to the 110th Congress.

Summary:

Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Act of 2007 – Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through various federal agencies, to develop a national Shaken Baby Syndrome public health campaign. Requires the Secretary to: (1) develop a National Action Plan and effective strategies to increase awareness of opportunities to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome; and (2) coordinate the Plan and strategies with evidence-based strategies and efforts that support families with infants and other young children.Directs the Secretary to carry out communication, education, and training about Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention, including efforts to communicate with the general public, such as by: (1) disseminating effective prevention practices and techniques to parents and caregivers; (2) producing evidence-based educational and information materials; and (3) carrying out Shaken Baby Syndrome training.

Requires the Secretary to work to ensure that the parents and caregivers of children are connected to effective supports through the coordination of existing programs and networks or the establishment of new programs, including a 24-hour phone hotline and the development of an Internet website for round-the-clock support.

Establishes a Shaken Baby Awareness Advisory Council to develop recommendations: (1) regarding the National Action Plan and effective strategies; and (2) related to support services for families and caregivers of young children.

On April 30, 2007, it was referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

As of December 9, 2007, this bill is in the first step in the legislative process. Introduced bills go first to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills never make it out of committee. So let’s do something about it!

There are 33 members on the Subcommittee on Health. If one of these Representatives is from your District, I urge you to contact them and voice your opinion with regard to moving H.R. 2052 out of committee and into general debate. Tell them about Baby London Marie. Tell them you want this bill passed into law! Just click on their name, then click on visit official website and you will be taken to their website where you can email them.

Rep. Frank Pallone [D-NJ]
Rep. Nathan Deal [R-GA]
Rep. Thomas Allen [D-ME]
Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI]
Rep. Joe Barton [R-TX]
Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN]
Rep. Michael Burgess [R-TX]
Rep. Stephen Buyer [R-IN]
Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA]
Rep. Barbara Cubin [R-WY]
Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO]
Rep. John Dingell [D-MI]
Rep. Eliot Engel [D-NY]
Rep. Anna Eshoo [D-CA]
Rep. Michael Ferguson [R-NJ]
Rep. Barton Gordon [D-TN]
Rep. Raymond Green [D-TX]
Rep. Ralph Hall [R-TX]
Rep. Darlene Hooley [D-OR]
Rep. Jim Matheson [D-UT]
Rep. Tim Murphy [R-PA]
Rep. Sue Myrick [R-NC]
Rep. Joseph Pitts [R-PA]
Rep. Michael Rogers [R-MI]
Rep. Mike Ross [D-AR]
Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D-IL]
Rep. John Shadegg [R-AZ]
Rep. Hilda Solis [D-CA]
Rep. John Sullivan [R-OK]
Rep. Edolphus Towns [D-NY]
Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA]
Rep. Anthony Weiner [D-NY]
Rep. Heather Wilson [R-NM]

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6 Responses to “Our Chance to Act – Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Act”

  1. Cecily December 15, 2007 at 2:20 AM #

    Thank you for posting this and keeping up with the story. I have been researching to see if there was a national campaign. I live in NC and am from Hawaii originally, and both states have state awareness campaigns. Even when I left the hospital 4 months ago after having my newest daughter, I was given a rattle with ” never shake a baby” on it and a pamphlet.
    It really worries me that younger parents aren’t well prepared and that the information isn’t being passed on for them to become educated.
    I haven’t spoke out on any blogs because there just weren’t words for me to say after reading about London. I feel so sad that she never got to experience life. I feel sad for the whole Shaack family and Jessica for being so ignorant. I blame everyone involved. A mother doesn’t drop a baby off for 3 weeks and not come back at all. According to the news clip she abandoned her. The parents of Josh should feel blame. I agree to let your child raise their own child, but what family totally ignores the fact a baby is in the house. Wasn’t anyone curious after 3 weeks of her being stuck only in his room? I mean No one ever bothered to even give a damn as to how he was taking care of her? It’s so sad and useless, she was a beautiful little girl…. an innocent gift from god that they were supposed to protect from harm. From reading about Josh on his myspace it seems he was just a kid still and his father and step mother had to realize he was ill prepared to take care of a baby ALONE. But don’t get me wrong I totally feel he should pay for what he did to that beautiful little girl.
    In the end though all of them will spend their lives suffering, as I too do not believe in hell.

  2. Faerie♥Kat December 15, 2007 at 12:37 PM #

    Thanks, Cecily

    I was amazed to find out that Wisconsin does have its own SBS Prevention Resources (https://faeriekat.wordpress.com/2007/12/14/shaken-baby-syndrome-help-is-available/) and I can’t fathom how these “children” escaped the hospital with their child without having the information forced down their throats. I think education needs to start earlier than that, but any education is better than none.

    I continue to find the grandfather’s action more than a tad bizarre; denying himself access to his own grandchild to teach his son a lesson or as some sort of punishment, or perhaps some twisted “tough love” approach to “sink or swim,” whatever his rationale was, it certainly backfired. I’m of the opinion that, if Josh had been provided with a nurturing, supportive familial environment, this tragedy might have been averted.

    I really appreciated your wonderful comment; it’s refreshing to read one so beautifully articulated and filled with humanity, understanding and compassion. I pride myself on having these same qualities, which don’t cloud my judgment regarding punishment for wrongs committed. Some people don’t seem to understand the difference. Empathizing with others doesn’t mean you agree with what they did. For me, it means recognizing “there but for the grace of God go I” and accepting the consequences of choices made. Personal responsibility is my keystone.

    Enjoy your beautiful children and have a faerie blessed day.

    Kat

  3. Wendy January 23, 2008 at 11:20 PM #

    omg ive recieved this email often about this story and every time i get i cry like a baby, im a mother of 2, i can never imagine hurting them…i feel so sad for the little girl London, poor baby to have gone through all that its so sad , hope Joshua gets whats coming for him…he should never be allowed out of jail, EVER!!!!!!!!!…..this is why i stay home with my child , only I take care of the kids, no babysitters or anything, just my mom and husband…rest in peace london, may you have a better life in heaven with angels, youre an angel!!!!

  4. Faerie♥Kat January 23, 2008 at 11:44 PM #

    Dear Wendy

    Joshua has taken full responsibility for his actions (see https://faeriekat.wordpress.com/2008/01/16/joshua-schaak-pleas-no-contest/), just as he should. While you may feel that his crime merits lifetime incarceration, the laws of Wisconsin beg to differ (see https://faeriekat.wordpress.com/2007/12/13/baby-london-marie-sherwood-case-update/) and I wish to remind you that Shaken Baby Syndrome is a crime that stems from frustration and desperation, not pre-meditation or hatred.

    I ask that you read my post on empathy (see https://faeriekat.wordpress.com/2008/01/02/the-art-of-the-empath/), as well as some of the comments reaching out in support of both Jessica (see https://faeriekat.wordpress.com/2008/01/10/messages-of-empathy-for-jessica-sherwood/) and Joshua (see https://faeriekat.wordpress.com/2008/01/13/its-time-to-put-a-heater-under-your-heartfor-josh/).

    I ask that you reconsider whether you still want to harbor ill-wishes towards anybody in their situation, for ill-wishes do not harm them, they harm only the ill-wisher (see https://faeriekat.wordpress.com/2007/12/16/a-call-for-positive-energy/).

    With faerie hugz for you and your children,

    Kat

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