Florida Keys Residents Resist Controversial GMO Mosquito Trial

florida_keys_mosquito_gmo_zikaFrom: https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/florida-keys-residents-resist-controversial-gmo-mosquito-trial

“It’s about human rights—this can’t be pushed down our throats without consent,” said one Key West resident.

Residents of the Florida Keys are up in arms over a plan to release genetically-modified (GM) mosquitoes in the Key Haven neighborhood and are trying to get the word out about the trial, which they say would make them “lab rats” in their own community.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the controversial study by U.K.-firm Oxitec earlier this month, amid renewed fears over mosquito transmission of the Zika virus.

“We need to help educate the public about the very real, scientifically based problems with this genetically modified mosquito release,” Mara Daly, who has been helping organize a protest at the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board meeting Tuesday afternoon, told the Miami Herald.

“We will be outside with signs protesting peacefully. I think this will be the opportunity for moms, teachers, nurses to have a voice,” Daly continued.  “It’s to let them know there are concerns from people they have not heard from. Maybe the fat lady has already sung, I don’t know.”

Residents, like Daly, will have a chance to vote on November 8 on a non-binding referendum on the experiment, which would release anywhere from 20 to 100 GM mosquitoes per person on the island—but the Mosquito Control Board will have the final say, and only three of the five members have vowed to stand by the vote outcome.

“It’s about human rights—this can’t be pushed down our throats without consent,” Key West resident Mila de Mier, who launched a petition against the trial, told the Guardian. Reportedly, local lawns are already peppered with signs that say “no consent.”

Indeed, much is at stake. According to the Guardian, “If the trial goes well, the technology would be on track to commercial approval in the United States, opening a slice of the nation’s $14bn pest control market to the company. Globally, analysts predict Oxitec’s mosquito could bring in up to $400m in annual sales for its parent company, Intrexon.”

Continue reading here: https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/florida-keys-residents-resist-controversial-gmo-mosquito-trial

So What Became of the $1.9 Billion for Zika?

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The U.S. government laid out a proposal to spend $1.9 billion on activities—including buying or developing vaccines—to combat Zika before knowing for sure if the virus, in fact, posed a serious health threat to the American public…


by Marco Cáceres


Within less than a year of the news reports from Brazil about the sudden rise in microcephaly cases in that country, we’ve already discovered the cause of the supposed epidemic, taken a giant leap of faith that the U.S. public is also in imminent danger, commenced pesticide spraying campaigns in U.S. cities against mosquitoes believed to carry Zika, and proceeded full steam ahead to develop a Zika vaccine.

It’s absolutely breathtaking.

[COMMENT: … and, we would add, cleared the way for the first-ever release, in the United States (Florida Keys, to be precise), of experimental genetically modified mosquitoes.]

Full article here: http://www.thevaccinereaction.org/2016/08/so-what-became-of-the-1-9-billion-for-zika/

Zika: Brazil Admits It’s Not the Virus


Original here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/08/16/birth-defects-brazil-not-zika-virus.aspx

By Dr. Mercola

Amidst growing fear-based propaganda warning of the threat of Zika virus comes a quiet admission from health officials in Brazil: Zika alone may not be responsible for the rise in birth defects that plagued parts of the country.

While there is some evidence suggesting Zika virus may be linked to the birth defect microcephaly, and the virus has been spreading throughout Brazil, rates of the condition have only risen to very high rates in the northeast section of Brazil.

Since the virus has spread throughout Brazil, but extremely high rates of microcephaly have not, officials are now being forced to admit that something else is likely at play.

Dr. Fatima Marinho, director of information and health analysis at Brazil’s ministry of health, told the journal Nature, “We suspect that something more than Zika virus is causing the high intensity and severity of cases.”1

Continue reading here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/08/16/birth-defects-brazil-not-zika-virus.aspx

Zika Psyop to Justify Releasing Millions of Bill Gates’ GM Mosquitoes in Florida

Aerial Pesticide (‘Naled’) Sprayed by Florida ‘To Combat Zika’ is Linked in Studies to Brain Defects, Microcephaly!

Zika Fear-Storm Clears the Way for the First-Ever Release of GM Mosquitoes in the Florida Keys?

“Naled’s breakdown product dichlorvos (another organophosphate insecticide) interferes with prenatal brain development. In laboratory animals, exposure for just 3 days during pregnancy when the brain is growing quickly reduced brain size 15 percent.”

The following video (about 12 minutes long) is a good breakdown of the bizarre fear-mongering campaign being waged against us. Unreported by the mainstream media, is the irony that a neurotoxic organophosphate insecticide called ‘Naled’ —  itself linked to brain defects — is being deployed in the name of combating the Zika virus and its alleged link to microcephaly, which we must emphasize, remains unproven.

VIDEO: Zika Psyop to Justify Releasing Millions of Bill Gates’ GM Mosquitoes in Florida

Also here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOIWWSezMBg
Produced by Truthstreammedia.com.

We post this information about Zika, because the official fear-mongering around Zika is already being used to promote the production of new “programmable” vaccines “to protect against Zika and cancer.”

Reuters writes:

“Researchers are developing vaccines that can be produced in one week, allowing for potentially unprecedented response to disease outbreaks. The messenger RNA-based vaccines can be programmed to protect against a range of diseases and potentially prove a breakthrough tool in the fight against cancer.”

If you believe that such “programmable” vaccines “produced in one week” will be either safe or effective, then we have a bridge to sell you.  It connects downtown Sarasota to Duval Street in Key West.

Moreover, it appears that the Zika scare is being used by federal officials to justify a “green light” for the release, in Key Haven, Florida, of millions of genetically modified (GM, aka genetically engineered) mosquitoes.

Intrexon Corp.’s Oxitec unit was cleared by U.S. regulators to move ahead in Florida and release genetically engineered mosquitoes and study their ability mate with local mosquitoes and suppress the population, a tactic that could slow or stop the spread of Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Friday that it determined the mosquitoes wouldn’t have a significant impact on the environment. The trial, which is to take place in Key Haven, Florida — one of the Florida Keys islands — can’t begin unless local voters approve it in November, said Matt Warren, a spokesman for Oxitec.
–Gene-Engineered Mosquito Trial Cleared by FDA for Florida Start

After carefully examining the material covered in Truthstream Media’s ‘Zika Psyop’ video, we think Jon Rappoport sums up the Zika situation most succinctly:

“In Brazil, embarrassed researchers have simply given up trying to show a correlation between Zika and the birth defect. They simply assert the connection, despite the fact that, at best, Zika is present in perhaps one-fifth of all microcephaly cases.

By any scientific measure, this constitutes counter-evidence that Zika causes microcephaly. But it doesn’t deter the CDC or the World Health Organization. They march on, their message of unrelenting fear fed directly into the brain of the mainstream press, and out into the public. The promise? A blockbuster vaccine, and high profits for Pharma.”

Track all of Rappoport’s coverage of Zika, here:

~ Sarasota for Vaccination Choice


LINKS: Articles cited in “Zika Psyop” video include the following:

Millions of GM mosquitoes could be released in Florida to combat Zika virus

Florida to Spray Residents Like Bugs over Zika — with a Chemical that Ironically Reduces Fetal Brain Size in Studies
An aerial insecticide spraying campaign began at dawn this morning in Florida to kill mosquitoes that might be infected with the zika virus. The spray will cover a 10-mile area in Miami. Health officials claim the the chemical to be sprayed, an organophosphate neurotoxin called Naled, is “safe” to breathe and no one really needs to take any special measures while they are being sprayed like bugs (although it has been “recommended” that people with allergies stay inside).

Pregnant woman should avoid the area anyway, because according to the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides factsheet on Naled, studies have shown that exposure of pregnant animals to [Naled] for just three days during brain development resulted in 15% smaller brains in their babies, and an increase in aggressiveness and memory deterioration. Naled also happens to be 20 times more toxic when exposure occurs due to inhalation of Naled-contaminated air versus ingestion. Symptoms can range from fatigue, headaches and nausea to diarrhea.

Fact Sheet re: Naled Pesticide [an organophosphate insecticide]
Naled’s breakdown product dichlorvos (another organophosphate insecticide) interferes with prenatal brain development. In laboratory animals, exposure for just 3 days during pregnancy when the brain is growing quickly
reduced brain size 15 percent.

“Like all organophosphates, Naled is toxic to the nervous system. Symptoms of exposure include headaches, nausea, and diarrhea. Naled is more toxic when exposure occurs by breathing contaminated air than through other kinds of exposure. In laboratory tests, naled exposure caused increased aggressiveness and a deterioration of memory and learning.

Naled’s breakdown product dichlorvos (another organophosphate insecticide) interferes with prenatal brain development. In laboratory animals, exposure for just 3 days during pregnancy when the brain is growing quickly
reduced brain size 15 percent.”

Florida to begin aerial spraying of insecticides to control Zika
Florida had been using two products in the pyrethroid class of insecticides. In its aerial campaign, the state will use a chemical called Naled that has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to Joseph Conlon, a spokesman for the American Mosquito Control Association.

Naled is from a different class of insecticides known as organophosphates. According to the CDC, the chemical has been widely used to control mosquito populations in the United States, including in Miami, Tampa and New Orleans.

Is it Zika ‘Virus’ or Pesticides and Birth Defects?
“Although a causal link between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly has not, and I must emphasize, has not been established, the circumstantial evidence is suggestive and extremely worrisome,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said, reported by Reuters. “An increased occurrence of neurological symptoms, noted in some countries coincident with arrival of the virus, adds to the concern.”

Gene-Engineered Mosquito Trial Cleared by FDA for Florida Start
Intrexon Corp.’s Oxitec unit was cleared by U.S. regulators to move ahead in Florida and release genetically engineered mosquitoes and study their ability mate with local mosquitoes and suppress the population, a tactic that could slow or stop the spread of Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Friday that it determined the mosquitoes wouldn’t have a significant impact on the environment. The trial, which is to take place in Key Haven, Florida — one of the Florida Keys islands — can’t begin unless local voters approve it in November, said Matt Warren, a spokesman for Oxitec.

Shares of Germantown, Maryland-based Intrexon rose 2.7 percent to $28.42 at 10:50 a.m. in New York.

Martial Law Exercise? Feds Going Door-to-Door In Florida Asking For Urine Samples Amid Zika Outbreak

Gov. Rick Scott: Florida Calls on CDC to Activate Emergency Response Team

CDC issues historic travel warning Miami Zika outbreak

1947 Rockefeller Patent Shows Origins of Zika Virus: And What About Those Genetically Modified Mosquitoes?


Zika Mosquitoes Same as GM Mosquitoes Released Off the Coast of Florida
It is also interesting to note that, according to CIA documents as well as a 1975 congressional committee, the three locations of Key West, Panama City, and Avon Park (and two other locations in central Florida) were testing sites for Dengue fever research.

As is generally the case, the experiments in Avon Park were concentrated in low-income neighborhoods, in areas that were predominantly black with newly constructed housing projects. According to H.P. Albarelli Jr. and Zoe Martell of Truthout, CIA documents related to the MK/NAOMI program revealed that the agency was using the Aedes aegypti type of mosquito in these experiments as well. In one of these experiments, 600,000 mosquitoes were released over Avon Park and in another 150,000 insects were released in specially designed paper bags that were designed to open up when they hit the ground.

Truthout interviewed residents (or test subjects) of Avon Park still living in the area who related that there were at least 6 or 7 deaths resulting from the experiments. As quoted by Truthout, one resident said, “Nobody knew about what had gone on here for years, maybe over 20 years, but in looking back it explained why a bunch of healthy people got sick quick and died at the time of those experiments.” Truthout goes on to point out that around the same time of the Avon Park experiments “there were at least two cases of Dengue fever reported among civilian researchers at Fort Detrick in Maryland.”

Zika Outbreak Epicenter in Same Area Where GM Mosquitoes Were Released in 2015
Those genetically-modified mosquitoes work to control wild, potentially disease-carrying populations in a very specific manner. Only the male modified Aedes mosquitoes are supposed to be released into the wild — as they will mate with their unaltered female counterparts. Once offspring are produced, the modified, scientific facet is supposed to ‘kick in’ and kill that larvae before it reaches breeding age — if tetracycline is not present during its development. But there is a problem.

According to an unclassified document from the Trade and Agriculture Directorate Committee for Agriculture dated February 2015, Brazil is the third largest in “global antimicrobial consumption in food animal production” — meaning, Brazil is third in the world for its use of tetracycline in its food animals. As a study by the American Society of Agronomy, et. al., explained, “It is estimated that approximately 75% of antibiotics are not absorbed by animals and are excreted in waste.” One of the antibiotics (or antimicrobials) specifically named in that report for its environmental persistence is tetracycline.

In fact, as a confidential internal Oxitec document divulged in 2012, that survival rate could be as high as 15% — even with low levels of tetracycline present. “Even small amounts of tetracycline can repress” the engineered lethality. Indeed, that 15% survival rate was described by Oxitec:

“After a lot of testing and comparing experimental design, it was found that [researchers] had used a cat food to feed the [OX513A] larvae and this cat food contained chicken. It is known that tetracycline is routinely used to prevent infections in chickens, especially in the cheap, mass produced, chicken used for animal food. The chicken is heat-treated before being used, but this does not remove all the tetracycline. This meant that a small amount of tetracycline was being added from the food to the larvae and repressing the [designed] lethal system.”

Internal ‘Confidential’ Oxitec Document: ‘Eliminating tetracycline contamination’

The Gates Foundation has spent at least $20 million to fund the development of GE mosquitoes
The Gates Foundation has spent at least $20 million to fund the development of GE mosquitoes designed by a biotech company called Oxitec to stop the spread of chikungunya and dengue, tropical diseases spread by Aedes mosquitoes.4

The Oxitec mosquitoes are unlike any that exist in nature. They’ve been genetically altered to carry a “genetic kill switch,” such that when they mate with wild female mosquitoes, their offspring inherits the lethal gene and cannot survive.5

To achieve this feat, Oxitec has inserted protein fragments from the herpes virus, E. coli bacteria, coral and cabbage into the insects, dubbed OX513A. The GE mosquitoes have proven lethal to native mosquito populations.

In the Cayman Islands, for instance, 96 percent of native mosquitoes were suppressed after more than 3 million GE mosquitoes were released in the area, with similar results reported in Brazil.6

The release of GE mosquitoes in the wild has been criticized by many. The potential exists for these genes, which hop from one place to another, to infect human blood by finding entry through skin lesions or inhaled dust.

Petition: Say No to Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Release in the Florida Keys

MIT Technology Review: Zika Virus Could Stir Demand for GM Mosquitos
Release of GM bugs in the U.S. is a possibility too, and interest in the idea might accelerate if Zika or unexplained cases of microcephaly spring up in Florida. Oxitec says it has been wanting to try its mosquitoes in Florida but is waiting for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to finish an environmental impact report.

[NOTE: Since this article appeared, the FDA has approved the release of GM mosquitoes.
See: Gene-Engineered Mosquito Trial Cleared by FDA for Florida Start
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-05/gene-engineered-mosquito-trial-cleared-by-fda-for-florida-start ]

Vaccine Studies Debunked + Take Action Alert


Vaccine Studies Debunked

Original here:  http://www.anh-usa.org/vaccine-studies-debunked/

Dr. Brian Hooker, PhD, PE, has helped us expose the shortcomings in commonly cited pro-vaccine studies that argue against a vaccine/autism link. Action Alert!

This week, Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA) is releasing a white paper in conjunction with Dr. Brian Hooker, scientific advisor for Focus for Health. The paper critically examines twelve studies that are commonly cited by the media and government agencies as irrefutable proof that vaccines are safe and do not cause autism. As you will see below, many of these studies prove nothing of the sort, and are riddled with conflicts of interest.

In addition to conflicts of interest, each study is critiqued for methodological weaknesses, such as poor sample choice, data inconsistencies, and faulty comparisons. We argue that, given their flaws, these studies cannot be taken as proof that vaccines are universally safe for children or that they do not cause autism—as vaccine zealots and their captive government agencies claim. We do not conclude that vaccines are the primary cause of autism—but each child is biologically different, and some may be much more vulnerable than others, which can be missed in mass studies, and these particular studies do not allay legitimate concerns. This is especially true given the most up-to-date science, especially on aluminum adjuvants, which we covered recently in the Pulse.

There is indeed a disconnect when it comes to issues of vaccine safety. Take, for instance, the recent news that Wal-Mart is planning to ban a number of toxic chemicals from thousands of its products. One of those chemicals is formaldehyde, which is also a common vaccine adjuvant. Most people would applaud Wal-Mart for responding to consumers’ desire for safer products, yet when advocates call for the removal of dangerous adjuvants from vaccines to make them safer, we’re condescendingly told that the “science is settled” and vaccines are as safe as can be, even though this point has not even been studied.

We hope that this information will convince lawmakers in states across the country that removing all non-medical exemptions to vaccination, as California has already done and other states are considering, is unwise and unethical given the surprisingly little safety testing that has been done to prove the safety of vaccines.

Below is a brief sample of what can be found in our new white paper.

Continue here:  http://www.anh-usa.org/vaccine-studies-debunked/


Action Alert: Protect Vaccine Choice!


The full ANH-USA White Paper is here:



A White Paper by Brian S. Hooker, PhD, PE,
and the Alliance for Natural Health USA


Since the modern inception of public mistrust in vaccines in the late 1990s, in the wake of a since-retracted study published in The Lancet by Andrew Wakefield in 1998,[1] a handful of sporadic and hastily completed epidemiological studies have been used by the media and various government agencies as evidence that vaccines are safe. As Mark Twain quipped, “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.” There are many ways in which data is chosen, manipulated, and compared, and the average person with only a basic knowledge of statistical methods must take the word of the author that the results are “proof.” Important policy decisions and laws are being made, and public debate is being suppressed, based on the unexamined assumption that the science on vaccine safety has been settled. The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA) and Dr. Brian Hooker have teamed up to rigorously scrutinize twelve of the papers most often cited as proof positive that vaccines are safe. Each review presents the study’s overview and findings, along with an analysis of the findings, and a final statement of the authors’ conflicts of interest.

Examining the Zika Hype

We offer the following articles (some with brief excerpts) as encouragement to question the Zika narratives raining down from on high. In regard to Zika — as with everything else —  we suggest that you examine the science, question authority, and follow the money.

Examining the Zika hype
Examining the Zika hype

Zika fraud, press fraud: They interviewed me, then refused to publish the interview
Answer Four: A January 27th Associated Press article out of Rio spelled it out. The Brazilian researchers went back and rechecked their original findings. So far, they’ve only been able to confirm 270 cases of microcephaly. And of those 270, they were only able to find the Zika virus in six cases! And the world is in a panic about an epidemic? Are you kidding me? And women are being told not to get pregnant? I call this Depopulation by Press Conference. It certainly isn’t science. How crazy can people get? “Well, we couldn’t find the virus except in six cases, but all women are at risk.” It’s a blatant operation aimed at women. [Note: since this interview, the updated Brazilian numbers are: 854 confirmed cases of microcephaly, and only 97 cases have “some relationship” to Zika.]

Zika hoax: strategy of liars, house of cards
The birth defect called microcephaly is nothing new. Neither is the presence of the Zika virus, which was discovered in 1947 and has never been known to create more than mild transient discomfort.

The only brain problem associated with Zika occurs in those people who buy what the press is blathering about Zika.

See other Zika articles by Jon Rappoport here:


Zika Virus

There’s some debate over whether Zika is actually to blame in Brazil’s epidemic of birth defects called microcephaly. If so, officials can’t explain why there’s been just a handful outside of Brazil. The CDC and World Health Organization recently concluded Zika is the culprit, but concede “other factors may combine with Zika virus infection to cause neurological disorders”.

In other words, there may be other reasons in addition to Zika resulting in Brazil’s strange microcephaly epidemic. Eighty percent of people who get Zika don’t get sick or have any symptoms.


Experts Admit Zika Threat Fraud
But mosquito experts are questioning the extent of emergency that actually exists. Chris Barker, Ph.D. a mosquito-borne virus researcher at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, told WebMD:2

“I think the risk for Zika actually setting up transmission cycles that become established in the continental U.S. is near zero.”

Barker expects Zika to go the way of other tropical diseases spread by mosquitoes, such as dengue fever and chikungunya, in the U.S. with perhaps small clusters of outbreaks in southern states and little activity elsewhere.


Is Mainstream Media Cooking Up a Fresh New Zika Virus Psyop Scare For This Fall?
If you are not familiar with round 1 then familiarize yourself with the storyline from last year (2015) where Brazilian “medical authorities” suddenly claimed that some 4780 babies were born with microcephaly (small heads). Without any evidence whatsoever these cases were then said to be directly due to Zika virus which is an entirely improbable and unsubstantiated claim since Zika virus was first officially identified in 1952 (a search that started in 1947) and it is not associated with life-threatening or infectious (or pathogenic) disease in humans according to the medical literature. To date there are no known cases or any genuine scientific studies proving a direct link between Zika virus and any deformities including microcephaly. All we have is repeated unscientific and unproven claims by “authorities” with a clear agenda. As I’ve said many times before, viruses don’t suddenly start behaving radically different from how they have behaved in the past. In other words, barring highly unusual and unique changes in the environment or circumstances, the virus engages with its environment in a consistent manner. The idea that a virus would suddenly change its own characteristics almost overnight is more radical than most of us realize.

Why Are Vaccine Rights Being Removed While Safety Issues Are Increasingly Brought to the Fore?

Original here:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/07/19/vaccine-rights-risks.aspx

By Dr. Mercola

As noted by Barbara Loe Fisher,1 founder of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), July Fourth celebrates the American Declaration of Independence, which asserts that “all men are created equal,” and are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”

Unwilling to submit to the tyranny of the aristocracy any longer, the Declaration is a pledge, promising that the United States would uphold the “unalienable natural right to life and liberty that belongs to every person.”

Yet today, 240 years later, we again find ourselves in a situation where we’re increasingly oppressed by an elite “who want the legal right to judge, shame, segregate, discriminate against and punish fellow citizens who do not share their beliefs,” Fisher writes, adding:

“Nowhere is this truth more self evident than in the oppressive implementation of one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination laws that fail to respect biodiversity or human rights and crush citizen opposition, in violation of the informed consent ethic and freedom of thought, speech, conscience and religious belief …

The appropriation of unaccountable authority by medical trade and the militarization of public health in the 21st century should be of concern to every person who values life and liberty.”

Vaccines Are ‘Unavoidably Unsafe’

Both the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court have concluded that government licensed vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe,”2 and this is what precipitated the decision to grant drug companies immunity against vaccine injuries and deaths.

If vaccine makers could actually be sued for damages, most would probably go out of business.

This “free pass” means that if the vaccine fails to protect you or your child, or worse, ends up injuring or killing, you cannot sue the vaccine manufacturer or the doctor who administered the vaccine.

As a result of having zero liability for harm arising from the use of their products, vaccine makers have started churning out an ever-growing number of poorly tested vaccines with dubious benefits.

Bill Threatens to Strip Virginia of Religious and Medical Exemptions

At the same time, there’s a concerted, nationwide effort to eliminate choice by removing religious and conscientious [sic] vaccine exemptions, which were instituted more than 50 years ago.

“[In] 2015, Vermont lost the conscience exemption and California lost the personal belief exemption protecting both exercise of conscience and religious beliefs. This year, the vaccine machine invaded Virginia,” Fisher writes.3

“A proposed law was introduced in the House of Delegates in January 2016 to strip away not just the religious vaccine exemption, but also the medical exemption for all children, whether they are being homeschooled or are enrolled in public or private schools.

An individual physician would no longer exercise professional judgment when granting a child a medical exemption but would become a government agent enforcing the narrow one-size-fits all federal vaccine contraindication guidelines … which means that 99.99 percent of children would not qualify for the medical vaccine exemption in Virginia.”

Fortunately, parents in Virginia rose up and were able to suppress the bill. But it may be only a temporary victory. Similar legislation is expected to be reintroduced next year.

Interestingly, not only does Virginia have one of the lowest vaccine exemption rates in the U.S., Virginia is also “hallowed ground where freedom of thought, conscience and religion [were] first defined as a natural right and [were] codified into American law,” Fisher notes.

Virginia’s history as a leading defender of religious and personal rights is likely one of the reasons they’re now trying to undermine personal and religious freedom in that state with the most restrictive anti-choice law of any state to date.

Lawsuit Filed to Overturn California Vaccine Requirements

Despite overwhelming opposition, California lost the personal belief exemption last year. The new law took effect on July 1.

That same day, a group of parents and the nonprofit Education 4 All filed a lawsuit to overturn the new law, which requires all children to be fully vaccinated in order to attend public or private school and/or daycare.

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their child according to the mandated schedule have only two options: they can try to get a medical exemption, which is extremely difficult and rarely obtained, or home-school their child.

Any child who previously attended school under a personal belief exemption must be fully vaccinated by kindergarten and seventh grade to be allowed to stay in school.

According to CBS News,4 the lawsuit says “the law violates the children’s right to an education as guaranteed under California’s constitution, and asks for a judge to suspend the law while the suit plays out.”

The plaintiff’s attorney, Robert T. Moxley, said the law “has made second class citizens out of children who for very compelling reasons are not vaccinated,” adding they hope to be granted an injunction “while the judicial process takes place to see if this law is constitutional, which it most certainly does not seem to be.”

CONTINUE READING HERE: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/07/19/vaccine-rights-risks.aspx