….by snoopy doctors, complains Michael Graham in the Boston Herald. An excerpt, after his 13-year-old tells him of being interrogated about drug use and possible sexual abuse. (Guns, legal or not, are also the subject of medical investigation):
I send my daughter to the pediatrician to find out if she's fit to play lacrosse, and the doctor spends her time trying to find out if her mom and I are drunk, drug-addicted sex criminals.
We're not alone, either. Thanks to guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported by the commonwealth, doctors across Massachusetts are interrogating our kids about mom and dad's "bad" behavior.
We used to be proud parents. Now, thanks to the AAP, we're "persons of interest."
The paranoia over parents is so strong that the AAP encourages doctors to ignore "legal barriers and deference to parental involvement" and shake the children down for all the inside information they can get.
My 2001 reason feature about controversial medical interferences in parent's decisions about their children's health.