Press Releases

megaphoneThe American College of Pediatricians periodically releases statements that relate to current issues affecting the lives of children and their families. To read a press release, click on the title of any of the following listed in chronological order.

Bullying: Silence No More!

“Bullying is not a new phenomenon, and schools should be attentive to the needs of all bullied students, not just to those most vocal about their plight” says Dr. Den Trumbull, President of the American College of Pediatricians. This week is the annual observance of the “Day of Silence” sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network […]

Immunizations are Safe: College Rejects Shoddy Research

Gainesville, Florida – January 20, 2011 – The American College of Pediatricians (The College) is committed to the immunization of infants, children and adolescents according to the published reports and schedules of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). British physician Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 report claiming a link […]

Supporting Parental Rights for Sexual and Relationship Education

Parental rights have suffered a severe blow once again.  The school board in Provincetown, Massachusettsrecently rescinded an ill-advised policy to distribute condoms to elementary school students. While the rescission is an excellent decision, the Board still plans to distribute condoms to older students without parental consent or even knowledge. Dr. Tom Benton, President of the American College of Pediatricians (the […]

College Opposes Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

The American College of Pediatricians (The College) calls for the continued banning of all forms of female genital cutting (FGC).  In a change of policy last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an entirely separate and independent professional association, recommended that “federal and state laws enable[d] pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a ritual nick […]

College Cautions Educators About Sexual Orientation in Youth

The American College of Pediatricians cautions educators about the management of students experiencing same-sex attraction or exhibiting symptoms of gender confusion.   These concerns are outlined in a letter and fact sheet sent by College president Thomas Benton, MD, to all 14, 800 school district superintendents in the U.S. Dr. Benton also alerts them to a new Web resource,, […]

Obamacare Not Best for Children

The American College of Pediatricians (the College) understands that the health and well-being of children is inextricably tied to the well-being of their families. Unfortunately, the current proposals for healthcare reform would exact a huge financial toll on families through the likelihood of increased taxes and increased national debt. The health and well-being of children […]

American College of Pediatricians Challenges Spanking Report

Elizabeth Gershoff, Ph.D. authored a report, Physical Punishment in the United States, published by Center for Effective Discipline. This report presents flawed research to build a biased case against the use of spanking of children by their parents and to advocate for a ban on its use. Unfortunately, medical organizations have endorsed the report’s conclusions […]

American College of Pediatricians Questions Validity of Spanking Study

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It’s Okay for Parents to Spank

The American College of Pediatricians carefully reviewed the available research on corporal punishment and concludes, in its position statement on the subject, that disciplinary spanking by parents can be effective when properly used. “It is clear that parents should not solely rely upon disciplinary spanking to accomplish control of their child’s behavior. Evidence suggests that […]

Pediatricians Call for Support for Adult Stem Cell Research

Gainesville, Florida May 14, 2007 –The American College of Pediatricians ( calls for an end to embryonic stem cell research and recommends the exclusive support of already proven effective adult stem cell research. “Not only does embryonic research require taking the life of human embryos, it also prolongs needless suffering by delaying the development of […]