Originally posted here:
As an ad hoc organization representing over 1,300 Texas families, Texans for Vaccine Choice is dismayed by the recent change announced by the American Medical Association regarding a patient’s right to opt out of immunizations. Inserting itself into legislative policy-making, the AMA, an “advocacy” group of dues-paying members, has determined that states should eliminate non-medical exemptions to vaccines. According to the June 9 press release, immunizations should be “mandatory for admission to schools and other public venues.”
In the event that elected officials are misled by the new AMA policy, thinking that it is an organization which speaks solely for physicians and has only public health in mind, Texans for Vaccine Choice would like to clarify a few points:
- A CAMJ report published in 2011 declared that AMA membership has declined steadily in recent years, and the group now only consists of around 200,000 doctors, less than 15% of those practicing in the U.S.
- The AMA’s own Code of Ethics Opinion 8.08 states: “The patient’s right of self-decision can be effectively exercised only if the patient possesses enough information to enable an informed choice. The patient should make his or her own determination about treatment…Informed consent is a basic policy in both ethics and law that physicians must honor.” Therefore, the group is contradicting itself by requiring that patients undergo a medical treatment against their wishes in order to gain entry into a public space.