U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush Responds To Possible Retrial Of Andrea Yates
Washington D.C. ---- (November 10, 2005) - Congressman Bobby L. Rush issued the following statement regarding the likelihood of a new trial for Andrea Yates:
To retry Andrea Yates for the deaths of her children would be a significant step back for sufferers of postpartum depression, and only further perpetuates the stigma of mental illness in our society.
Diagnosed with severe postpartum depression, Mrs. Yates would best benefit from medical treatment rather than jail time. While her case has garnered significant media attention, there are cases all over the country where mothers have been convicted without regard for mental health issues such as postpartum depression and psychosis that may have precipitated the unfortunate harm or death to themselves or their children.
In the coming weeks, I hope the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Texas court system recognizes the greater need for restructure in rulings regarding cases of severe mental illness such as postpartum depression.
In May, Congressman Rush reintroduced his bill H.R. 1940 - Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act, which provides for research on and services for individuals with postpartum depression and psychosis.
For more information about this bill, please visit www.house.gov/rush.