By Barbara Loe Fisher
In 2015 and 2016, NVIC monitored over 200 vaccine-related bills introduced in more than 40 state legislatures, including 31 bills in 21 states that tried to restrict of eliminate vaccine exemptions. With tens of thousands of Americans actively using the online NVIC Advocacy Portal, NVIC led a grassroots effort of concerned citizens and supportive parental rights and health freedom groups to educate legislators with well-referenced information about diseases and vaccines. 1 2 Forced vaccination bills were defeated in 29 out of 31 states, including in Virginia, where NVIC is headquartered. 3 4 5 6
By February 2017, vaccine legislation had been introduced in 30 states that threaten vaccine freedom of choice, including bills in eight states to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions in Arkansas (withdrawn), Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. 7
But, when it comes to vaccination, those basic human freedoms are being taken away in America, one state at a time.
In 2015, California became the first state in the 21st Century to eliminate the legal right of mothers and fathers, on behalf of their minor children, to exercise freedom of thought, conscience, religious belief and the human right to informed consent to vaccine risk taking. 10
Now, like children in West Virginia and Mississippi, children in California have no voice and have no choice. 11 12The only way a child can get a school education in California, is to receive multiple doses of ten vaccines or for parents to find a medical doctor or state designated medical worker to write a medical vaccine exemption. 13 14
But obtaining a medical exemption to vaccination in America today is almost impossible. 15 That is because, under narrow federal government guidelines, 99.99 percent of children do not quality for it. 16 17 18 Many doctors, who write a medical vaccine exemption to protect a child’s health, are persecuted and punished by physicians inside and outside of government for exercising professional judgment and conscience. 19
Today, public health officials believe that all children must be treated the same and get 69 doses of 16 vaccines – no exceptions and no questions asked – even though children are not all the same. 20 Some children are genetically, biologically and environmentally more susceptible to being harmed by inflexible vaccine laws, especially when doctors cannot accurately predict which child will be brain damaged or die from vaccination. 21 22
In 2015 and 2016, there were over 200 vaccine bills introduced in more than half of the state legislatures proposing to:
- add more vaccine mandates; 23 24
- restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions; 25 26
- track the vaccine status of children and adults; 27 and
- fire health care and day care workers for refusing to get an annual flu shot or other vaccines. 28
In 2017, the human right to exercise informed consent to medical risk taking will be under attack in Texas, Arkansas, New York, Oklahoma and many other states. 29
Your state could be the next on that list.
Think globally, but act locally. Learn how to protect informed consent rights in your state by joining with experienced vaccine informed consent advocates at the National Vaccine Information Center.
Become a user of the free NVIC Advocacy Portal, an online communications network that will keep you up to date on important vaccine legislation moving in your state and on Capitol Hill, too. With one click, you will be put in direct electronic contact with you own legislators so you can educate them and take action to defend flexible vaccine exemptions in public health laws.
At www.NVICAdvocacy.org, join our grassroots team of informed consent advocates in every state. Stand up today for your right to know and freedom to make educated vaccine decisions for yourself and your children.
It’s your health. Your family. Your choice.