BREAKING NEWS! In case you haven’t heard, the U.S. FDA has finally, finally, decided to BAN the electric shock devices (ESDs) used at the Judge Rotenberg center in Massachusetts on troubled children. ESDs are devices that administer skin shocks in a form of “aversion therapy” for agitation and behavioral “issues.” This isn’t the electroshock machine (currently in use, and also regulated by the FDA) but a skin device machine that zapped children with electric current when they misbehaved.
After 20 years, the FDA has finally figured out that that these skin shock devices are a bad idea. According to William Maisel, director of the FDA device center’s Office of Product Evaluation and Quality, “Since ESDs were first marketed more than 20 years ago, we have gained a better understanding of the danger these devices present to public health.”
So we ask you, if it took the FDA 20 YEARS to figure out that torturing troubled kids with electric shocks to the skin is a bad idea, do we really want to leave it up to the FDA to come to the obvious conclusion that the electroshock machine, still in use after all these decades, which administers up to 460 volts of electricity to the brain and which is currently being administered to children, the vulnerable and the elderly, is also a bad idea?
Right now the only organization effectively battling the FDA and calling for a BAN on the electroshock machine is CCHR. We already have 19 states that want to join us in the fight to ban its use on children, and there is much more to do to protect not only our children, but our elderly and the vulnerable. Please donate to help us in this vital fight for human rights.