Family Wellness First - 038
Informed Consent Challenged
The E-newsletter for Parents to Make Informed Health Care Choices
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Just in time for Halloween:
Here are some scary proposals from a "Vaccine Education Symposium" at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania. Featured speakers at the event announced: that exemptions to vaccination are not protected by the U.S. Constitution and should be eliminated or severely curtailed. At the symposium, discussions involved:
- requiring vaccination of all nurses and other health care workers as a condition of employment;
- passing laws to facilitate prosecution of parents of unvaccinated children for economic damages when vaccinated children contract vaccine preventable diseases;
- routine posting and publishing of lists of unvaccinated individuals in public places in communities; and
- prosecuting parents who homeschool their children for child neglect if they do not vaccinate them.
Read the published abstract that is suggesting that mandatory immunization against dangerous diseases does not violate the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion and that parents really do not have the right to choose!!
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez? cmd=retrieve&db=pubmed&list_uids=12037257&dopt= AbstractPlus
Wow... pretty fascist to say the least.
Today Show Segment on Vaccines
On Friday, Oct. 19, 2007 NBC's "Today Show" featured a 6 minute segment about the rising numbers of parents who are taking exemptions to vaccination for their children. In the live debate, which was moderated by "Today Show" co-host, Meredith Vieira, Barbara Loe-Fischer, co-founder of national Vaccine Information Center faced off with California pediatrician Tanya Remer Altmann, M.D.
View the video here: www.icpa4kids.org/research/children/vac_info.htm
More on Vaccination Exemptions in the News:
(If you are looking for a religion to join, visit: http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cuw/index.html)
Mercury, Autism and the Global Vaccine Agenda:
This video, with David Ayoub, M.D. is well worth the view...
Barbara Loe-Fischer, co-founder of the NAtional Vaccine information Center has this to say in a recent e-newsletter:
Since 1905, the majority of states have provided for medical, religious and/or philosophical, personal belief or conscientious belief exemption to vaccination. Today, all but two states allow religious exemption to vaccination. http://www.nvic.org/state-site/state- exemptions.htm. Since 1905, the numbers of vaccines recommended by doctors and required by state law has increased from one vaccine - smallpox - to nearly three dozen doses of 10 to 12 vaccines.
In the past, some states have required that an individual belong to a church or religion that adheres to a tenet opposing vaccination. However, when that restrictive language has been challenged at the state Supreme Court level, it has been struck down as unconstitutional (Sherr v. Northport-East Northport Union Free Sch. Dist., 672 F. Supp. 81, 89-90 (E.D. N.Y. 1987). Today, the exercise of religious exemption to vaccination usually requires a citizen to hold a sincere personal spiritual or religious belief that does not have to be tied to a specific church or religion. In some states, parents are required to either write a notarized statement and/or also obtain a letter from their spiritual advisor attesting to their sincere religious beliefs regarding vaccination.
The religious belief exemption is provided under the law for citizens who believe in a Creator and engage in prayer and may also consult scripture for guidance in making vaccination decisions which are spiritually based. Many parents of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and non-denominational spiritual beliefs, who already have a vaccine injured child, are engaging in prayer and consulting scripture for guidance in making vaccination decisions for their other children. It is important for the religious exemption to vaccination to only be taken by those who truly hold sincere religious or spiritual beliefs regarding vaccination.
The 18 states which allow philosophical, personal or conscientious belief exemption to vaccination are the states which come the closest to allowing voluntary, informed consent to vaccination in America. NVIC supports the addition of conscientious belief exemption to all state vaccine laws, such as the law in Texas obtained in 2004 by parents led by Dawn Richardson, president of Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education (PROVE), so citizens without sincere religious beliefs opposing vaccination can exercise a conscientious belief exemption.
Although pro-forced vaccination proponents are promoting the demonization and punishment of parents who advocate informed consent to vaccination, including the right to take a religious or conscientious belief exemption, they do not have a strong ethical basis for their position. The genetic co-factor involved in adverse responses to vaccination make one-size- fits-all forced vaccination laws a de facto selection of the genetically vulnerable for sacrifice and that kind of government policy should not be tolerated by any state.
As more children regress into poor health after vaccination and more parents discover that vaccines carry far greater risks than pediatricians and public health officials have admitted to date, there will be a greater public demand for flexibility in mandatory vaccination laws. Paul Offit and his cohorts would do well to respect and acknowledge genetic diversity and the need for informed consent protections in mandatory vaccination laws rather than attempt to turn enforcement of those laws into a military operation. That primitive approach will not survive the test of time.
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While you are there, support your continued right to choose: https://www.nvic.org/makingcashdonations.htm
To read about your state exemptions visit: https://www.nvic.org/state-site/state-exemptions.htm and www.vaclib.org/exempt.htm
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Jeanne Ohm, DC
I.C.P.A. Executive Coordinator
H.P.A. Executive Secretary
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