Is a National Fatherhood Platform a viable vehicle that would enable America’s Married Fathers, Divorced Fathers, Teenaged Fathers, Single Fathers, Custodial Fathers, Non-Custodial Fathers, “Long Distance” Fathers and “Stay-At-Home” Fathers to get what they need to create key “pieces of the puzzle” that will enable them to provide for and strengthen and empower their families and the communities in which they live and work? Is a National Fatherhood Platform a viable vehicle that would enable America’s Married Fathers, Divorced Fathers, Teenaged Fathers, Single Fathers, Custodial Fathers, Non-Custodial Fathers, “Long Distance” Fathers and “Stay-At-Home” Fathers to get what they need to create key “pieces of the puzzle” that will enable them to positively shape the minds and souls of our children – our future – our bridge to the future?
Is America ready for a National Fatherhood Platform?
Is America ready for a National Fatherhood Platform that would seek to resolve the health crisis for men in the United States?
Heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, prostate cancer, hypertension, and Alzheimer's Disease are just a few of the unique health issues that confront men in the United States.
It is estimated that approximately 22.1% of men in the United States have coronary heart disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer accounts for approximately 9% of all cancer-related deaths in men. At least 186,320 new cases of prostate cancer will be reported in 2008 according to the American Cancer Society. It is estimated that in 2008, approximately 28,660 prostate cancer patients will die.
While colorectal cancer is believed to be the third most common form of cancer in the United States, men have a slightly higher risk of developing colorectal cancer than women. It is estimated that, in 2008, the number of adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the United States will reach approximately 148,810 – 77,250 of these individuals will be men and 71,560 will be women.
It is estimated that, in 2008, approximately 49,960 colorectal cancer patients will die. And it is further estimated that 24,260 men will succumb to colorectal cancer in 2008.
Approximately 5,000,000 individuals in the United States have Alzheimer’s Disease. It is estimated that 1 in every 10 men is expected to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease by their 55th birthday.
Could a National Fatherhood Platform effect with deliberate speed the passage of the Men’s Health Act of 2007 (House Bill H.R.1440 and Senate Bill S.640) -- legislation which is designed to establish an Office of Men’s Health within the United States Department of Health and Human Services responsive to the severe health crisis that exists for American men in the same manner that the Office of Women’s Health responds to the unique health issues of American women?
Could a National Fatherhood Platform be the vehicle through which Equal Parenting would become the law of the land and eradicate parental alienation syndrome?
In October 2007, Equal Parenting became the law of the land in Denmark. In the United States, Equal Parenting Initiatives have been launched in a number of states which include California, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio and West Virginia to amend existing legislation governing parental custodial rights in separation and divorce cases. The Equal Parenting Initiatives seek to create legislation which allows for the granting of equal legal custody and equal physical custody of children whose parents have either separated or divorced. Equal Parenting Initiatives seek to provide children of separated or divorced parents with equal access to both parents and allow both parents although they may be separated or divorced to equally nurture and mentor their children.
Could a National Fatherhood Platform be the first step in returning Fathers in America to the Parenting Equation?