Posted: 7/1/2015 10:53:54 AM
by Barbara Loe Fisher
From flash to bang, it took the politically powerful corporate, medical trade and government lobbyists just six months this year to gut the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking and the civil right to a school education in California. They did it by enacting a new law (SB 277) signed by Governor Jerry Brown on June 29, 2015 that denies parents the legal right to file a personal belief exemption to vaccination for religious and conscientious beliefs so their children can attend school.
In order to sign the bill into law, Governor Brown had to abandon his long-standing legislative record as a champion of parental and religious rights and school education. NVIC called him out in a July 1, 2015 letter
for failing to protect California families from segregation and discrimination based on vaccination and health care choices that parents make in the best interest of their minor children.
Click the image on the right to read NVIC’s July 1, 2015 press release and make a comment below.
Brute Political Power Wielded by Government and Industry Fast Tracks Oppressive Bill Into Law
Consistently throughout the legislative process, the numbers of California citizens testifying in opposition to the oppressive bill vastly numbered those testifying in support. The ramming of SB 277 through the California legislature despite strong public opposition was an impressive demonstration of the brute power that can be wielded by the public-private partnership between government and industry dominating the U.S. health care system in the 21st century.
Disinformation about the measles outbreak at Disneyland
and vaccine safety and effectiveness was used by mainstream media outlets to forward the forced vaccination agenda in the legislature in an attempt to neutralize the growing number of citizens standing up and defending their human and civil rights in our nation’s largest state. Even though thousands of men, women and children
from all walks of life came again and again to Sacramento this year to attend public rallies
and testify against SB 277 in Senate and Assembly committee hearings, the Senate voted 25 to 10 and the Assembly voted 46 to 30 to approve the legislation after contentious floor debates.
Waking A Sleeping Giant
During the six months the bill was making its way through the legislative process, many new grassroots groups focusing on health and medical freedom issues were formed in the state with a common goal of opposing SB 277. A longtime Sacramento lobbyist commented that he had not seen so many citizens packing the halls of the state Capitol for hours to testify and hold protests on the Capitol grounds since the Vietnam war. Another observer commented that the forced vaccination bill had awakened “a sleeping giant.”
Get Vaccinated, Homeschool or Go To Jail?
California now becomes one of only three states, along with West Virginia and Mississippi, that denies children entry to daycare and school unless they get dozens of doses of federally recommended vaccines or a medical doctor grants a medical vaccine exemption, an exemption that doctors deny to 99.99 percent
of children under narrow federal guidelines. Parents who do not comply with the new law will have to homeschool their children and, if they cannot homeschool for financial or other reasons, they may be subject to truancy laws that include fines and imprisonment for failing to provide their children with an education.
Incremental Steps on the Road to Medical Tyranny
In truth, the road to medical tyranny in California began in 2012. That was the year that the same pediatrician-turned politician and medical trade groups lobbied the legislature to pass AB 2109
, a bill to force parents to get a signature from a medical doctor or state designated medical worker affirming the parent had been “educated” about vaccination before filing a personal belief vaccine exemption. NVIC opposed that bill because we knew it was an incremental step toward ramming a forced vaccination law like SB 277 through the legislature down the line, which is exactly what was done.
Citizens Push Back and Win in Other States
Vaccine use recommendations are made by federal health agencies and medical trade groups but vaccine mandates are state laws. More than 100 bills were introduced in multiple states this year to restrict or eliminate non-medical vaccine exemptions or add more vaccine mandates. The majority did not succeed.
In Texas alone, more than 20 vaccine-related bills were defeated because families across the state stood up and successfully defended their informed consent and civil rights. Although California has lost, temporarily at least, the personal belief vaccine exemption and Vermont lost the philosophical belief exemption (while retaining one for religious beliefs), citizens fought for their informed consent rights by educating their legislators and blocked bills in Washington, Oregon, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maine and other states.
The Final Wake-Up Call
What happened in California in 2015 is America’s final wake-up call
. Forced vaccination bills like SB 277 that seek to eliminate all non-medical exemptions are eventually going to be introduced in every state and they will not be limited to school aged children. Adults will be targeted
, too, as government health officials, industry and medical trade groups advocate for more societal sanctions that include loss of medical care and employment to be applied to those declining to get every federally recommended vaccine.
What is at stake? If the state can tag, track down and force us against our will to be injected with biologicals of known and unknown toxicity today, there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow.
Please get involved and actively participate in our democracy. If we do not take freedom for granted, we can reclaim and protect our human and civil rights in California and every state in America.
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Posted: 6/11/2015 11:05:39 PM
NVIC Co-founder and President
June 9, 2015 – Sacramento, California
Mothers and fathers of California, you have come to Sacramento today to participate in our democracy and defend your freedom.
You are here because you love your children.
And there is no power on earth greater than the love we have for our children.
The right of the state to tell us what to do to our bodies and the bodies of our children ends where our right to protect our lives and our children’s lives begins.
No liability free doctor inside or outside of government should be given the power to punish us if we choose not to play vaccine roulette with liability free vaccines.
We believe every life is important. We will not look the other way while those of us vulnerable to vaccine injury and death are being sacrificed in the name of the greater good.
When the State considers one of us to be expendable, then we are all considered expendable.
We will not give up our human rights for our civil rights. We will not give up the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking in order to exercise our civil right to an education and medical care and employment.
We are the daughters and sons of liberty. And we will defend freedom of thought and speech and religion and conscience in this great country of ours because that is what it means to be an American.
We will come to this state Capitol and every state Capitol again and again to fight for our human and civil rights.
At the end of the 20th century, a small group of parents with DPT vaccine injured children launched the vaccine safety and informed consent movement in America. No matter what this legislature or Governor chooses to do, today is the beginning of an historic fight for the people and by the people for vaccine freedom of choice in the 21st century.
California, you are leading the way.
What do we want?
Our mission continues.
No forced vaccination. Not in America.
California Health Committee Majority Votes to Reject Human, Civil and Parental Rights
View NVIC's Barbara Loe Fisher giving testimony
on CA SB277
The thousands of mothers and fathers from small towns and big cities in California, who made the pilgrimage to Sacramento this year to voice opposition to a bill (SB 277) that would eliminate religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions, witnessed hardball politics in action on June 9, 2015 when the California Assembly Health Committee majority voted to approve the bill 12 to 6. Hundreds of parents and their children, some of whom had traveled in buses for seven hours to simply come to the microphone and state their name, city and “I am opposed,” were left standing helpless in the halls and overflow rooms of the Capitol building when the Committee Chair ended the five hour hearing without allowing them to testify.
Before the hearing was abruptly closed, 70 persons testified in favor of SB 277 while 624 testified against the bill. It was David versus Goliath as the wealthy, politically powerful medical and pharmaceutical industries backed by government moved to crush citizens from all walks of life standing up for their human, civil and parental rights.
Bill Blocked From More Hearings
After Pan and Allen presented the bill, the opposition was allowed to give 25 minutes of formal testimony. In addition to NVIC President Barbara Loe Fisher, others who testified in opposition were education attorney George Fatheree, parent of a severely vaccine injured son; pediatrician Jay Gordon, M.D.; statistician Melissa Floyd and educator Bianca Amann. Civil rights attorney Allison Folmer with Parental Rights Foundation was scheduled to testify but the 25 minute limit ran out and she was unable to present.
No other public hearings are scheduled in Education, Judiciary or Appropriations Assembly committees. Some Health Committee members expressed concern that the bill was being rushed through the Assembly by Senate bill sponsors pediatrician Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and attorney Ben Allen (D- Santa Monica) without deliberations other relevant Assembly committees.
If SB 277 is approved by the Assembly and Governor Brown signs it, California parents will be forced to give their children more than 40 doses of 10 federally recommended vaccines or homeschool unless they can find a doctor to write a medical exemption that doctors deny to 99.99 percent of children under federal guidelines.
California Citizens - Take Action Today
NVIC State Advocacy Director Dawn Richardson issued an Action Alert for California citizens immediately after the June 9 hearing on the NVIC Advocacy Portal
that electronically connects Portal users with their own Assembly member and Governor Brown. She called on all Californians to immediately contact their Assembly members and Governor Brown.
NEWS BREAKING TODAY: The Assembly has already read SB 277 twice since June 9 and could vote at any time today or this weekend to send the bill to the Governors desk. Visit and call your Assembly member in the district and Sacramento offices immediately and talk to him or her personally.
Please forward this article to your family and friends and ask them to join the tens of thousands of Americans using the free online NVIC Advocacy Portal to educate their legislators. Portal users get Action Alerts with talking points in their email boxes about vaccine bills moving in their own state and also receive the NVIC Newsletter.
NVIC updates the Portal daily so users can track vaccine bills in all states.
No forced vaccination. Not in America.
Posted: 6/3/2015 12:41:35 PM
The California Assembly is fast tracking SB 277, a bill to eliminate all non-medical vaccine exemptions for religious and conscientious beliefs from the mandatory vaccination law governing school attendance. Although there were public hearings in the Health, Education and Judiciary committees in the state Senate, the bill has only been referred to the Health Committee and a hearing could be scheduled as early as the beginning of next week (June 8-12, 2015.)
With no scheduled public hearings in the Education or Appropriations committees, SB 277 will not be reviewed in the Assembly for civil rights violations and financial impact. It looks like the skids are being greased by pharmaceutical, medical trade and government lobbyists pressuring legislators to bring the bill to a fast floor vote and send it to Governor Brown for his signature.
California Parents - This May Be Your Last Chance to Act
If you live in California and are the parent of a child who attends daycare, public or private school, you may only have one more week left to contact your Assembly member and tell the person you elected to represent you what you think about SB 277.
Download a handout here that lists five good reasons why SB 277 should not become law. Give it to your Assembly member
so he or she understands why:
· SB 277 is not based on scientific evidence or compelling state interest;
· SB 277 is a violation of parental and human rights;
· SB 277 requires children to risk vaccine injury, while vaccine manufacturers and doctors administering vaccines are shielded from vaccine injury liability;
· SB 277 discriminates against children to deny them a school-based education guaranteed by the California Constitution; and
· SB 277 will be excessively expensive to administer and enforce.
You can track SB277 and immediately contact your Assembly member on your cell phone, tablet or computer by becoming a user of the free NVIC Advocacy Portal.
If the bill is voted out of the Assembly Health Committee and then quickly approved by the full Assembly and signed by the Governor, your only options will be to (1) find a doctor to write an almost impossible-to-get medical vaccine exemption
for your child or (2) homeschool or enroll your child in an independent study program.
There is No Public Health Emergency in California
The 2015 California measles outbreak associated with Disneyland only affected 0.00035% of the state’s population and was successfully contained without eliminating non-medical vaccine exemptions.
Special Needs Children Being Discriminated Against
Many parents testified in California Senate public hearings that they have vaccine-injured children or have children with brain and immune system problems that could make them especially susceptible to vaccine harm but are unable to find a doctor willing to write a medical vaccine exemption. Those parents depend upon the personal belief vaccine exemption for their special needs children to be educated in public and private schools under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Free Appropriate Public Education Act (FAPE).
If SB 277 becomes law, parents will be sanctioned for making informed medical decisions for their children. In addition, if the state refuses to provide costly home-based education to those with special needs when their parents are unable to educate them at home, then those children will be discriminated against and deprived of their civil right to an education.
Potential Criminal Prosecution and Prison Time for Non-Complying Parents
The bill’s primary sponsors, pediatrician Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) have not publicly explained what will happen if parents refuse to give their school aged child every federally recommended vaccine required by state health officials now or in the future under SB 277. However, if non-complying parents cannot provide their child with a home-based education for financial or other reasons and the children are barred from attending school, truancy laws in California and other states can and do subject parents to costly criminal prosecution and imprisonment.
Californians – participate in our democracy and ACT NOW to protect your vaccine informed consent rights. There is no substitute for one-on-one personal contact with your own Assembly member.
Posted: 5/18/2015 10:13:14 AM
By Barbara Loe Fisher
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Vaccine risks for you or your child can range from zero to 100 percent depending upon the genes you were born with; your microbiome DNA; the environment you live in; your age and health at the time of vaccination, and the type and how many vaccines you get. 1 2
Vaccines are not safe or effective for everyone because we are not all the same and we do not all respond the same way to pharmaceutical products like vaccines. 3 4
Our response to infectious diseases and the risk for complications can also vary, depending upon our genes, environment, and age and health at the time of infection. 5 That is why malnourished, vitamin deficient children living in impoverished environments, for example, are at higher risk for complications from gastrointestinal, respiratory and other childhood infections. 6 7 8
Vaccinators Do Not Know If the Odds Will Be in Your Favor
The doctor or nurse giving vaccines to you or your child does not know whether the odds will be in your favor. You may get vaccinated and have no reaction or your immune system and brain function could be severely compromised. 9 10 The scientific literature is clear about that fact and so is Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, which have declared vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe” and shielded the pharmaceutical industry from vaccine injury lawsuits. 11 12 13
Since 1988, there have been thousands of children and adults in America who have suffered brain inflammation and other long recognized vaccine reactions and have been awarded $3 billion dollars in vaccine injury compensation. There are thousands more, who have been unable to secure federal compensation for their vaccine injuries. 14 15
Vaccines Recommended and Given in Vacuum of Scientific Knowledge
But doctors and nurses are not taught about the genetic, biological and environmental high risk factors that could make you or your child more vulnerable to experiencing disabling vaccine complications. Vaccines are being recommended and given in a vacuum of knowledge and vaccine policymakers know it. As many Institute of Medicine committees have repeatedly pointed out in published reports spanning a quarter century, there are huge gaps in vaccine safety science. 16 17 18 19 20
Vaccine safety research is not a priority because long ago public health officials made a calculated decision that the lives of those harmed by vaccines are expendable in order to pursue what they consider to be a more important goal: the eradication of a long list of infectious microorganisms through compulsory vaccine use. 21 22 23 When vaccine risks turn out to be 100 percent for you or your child, you are expected to quietly accept that you are unavoidable collateral damage in the war on microorganisms. 24 25 26
Almost No Medical Condition Qualifies for Medical Vaccine Exemption
This cruel utilitarian rationale, also known as “the ends justifies the means,” has been used by public health officials and medical trade groups to narrow the medical vaccine exemption so that, today, almost no medical condition qualifies as an “official” reason (contraindication) for a doctor to grant someone a medical exemption to vaccination. 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 At the same time, there are no good biological mechanism studies or large clinical trials validating the safety of severely restricting the medical vaccine exemption. But, then, there is no independent oversight on the quality and quantity of the science used to make vaccine policies and laws in the U.S. either. 36 37 38
Basically, the Centers for Disease Control now tells doctors that a medical vaccine exemption should only be granted if you are one of the estimated 320,000 children and adults annually receiving chemotherapy; 39 40 or one of the estimated 47,000 Americans who have had a recent organ or blood cell transplant; 41 42 or your child is one of the 40 to 100 children born every year with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency, known as SCID. 43
Once you are done with chemo, no medical vaccine exemption for you. Once you have recovered from your organ or blood cell transplant, no medical vaccine exemption for you. 44 And if you are immunosuppressed but don’t have SCID, the rarest and most severe of all immunodeficiency disorders, in most cases no medical exemption for you. 45
No Medical Exemption for Immune and Brain Disorders, Genetic Susceptibility
If you or your child are already suffering with autoimmune or brain disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or an immunosuppressive disease like HIV, no medical vaccine exemption for you. 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55
If you or your child have a family history of severe allergies, vaccine reactions, seizures, sudden infant death syndrome or serious autoimmune and neurological disorders, no medical vaccine exemption for you. 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64
No Medical Exemption for Sickness, Many Previous Vaccine Reactions
If you or your child are sick at the time of vaccination with a fever or on antibiotics, no medical vaccine exemption for you. 65
If, after vaccination, you or your child ran a 105-degree fever, collapsed or had seizures and symptoms of brain inflammation followed by serious health deterioration and you are still chronically ill but a doctor disagrees that your continuing health problems were caused by vaccination, no medical vaccine exemption for you. 66 67
No Medical Exemption for Pregnancy, Siblings of Vaccine Injured, Premature Infants
If you are a pregnant health care worker and do not want to get a flu shot while you are pregnant because you do not want to risk a miscarriage, no medical vaccine exemption for you. 68 69
If your child was injured or died after vaccination and you want to protect your other children from vaccine injury, no medical vaccine exemption for your children. 70 71
If your baby was born prematurely and is low weight and struggling to survive, no medical vaccine exemption for your infant. 72 73 74
Obey Liability Free Doctors’ Vaccine Orders Or Be Punished
For all practical purposes, the Centers for Disease Control and medical trade organizations now direct pediatricians and other vaccinators to deny the medical vaccine exemption to 99.99 percent of Americans. Although nobody can predict whether the odds will be in your favor, you are expected to obey doctors’ orders and get and give your children every government recommended vaccine – no exceptions and no questions asked - or be subjected to threats, coercion, discrimination and denial of medical care, education, and employment. 75
Like drug companies selling vaccines, doctors giving vaccines are protected from vaccine injury lawsuits. If a doctor vaccinates you or your child against your will and you suffer a catastrophic vaccine reaction, you cannot seek justice in a civil court of law in front of a jury of your peers. 76 Without accountability or liability, there is strong incentive for vaccinators to implement government vaccine policy and deny vaccine harm - but little incentive to prevent vaccine harm.
Eliminating Non-Medical Exemptions to Blackmail Americans
Now public health and medical trade groups are pressuring legislators to pass laws that would not only eliminate non-medical religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions for children to attend school, 77 but also would require children to get every one of the 69 doses of 16 federally recommended vaccines - unless a parent can get a medical vaccine exemption from a doctor. 78 This vaccine dragnet, which is already being applied to health care workers, is also pulling in childcare workers and teachers as proposed new vaccine laws threaten them with loss of employment if they cannot find a doctor to write a medical vaccine exemption. 79 80 81 82
Zealously pursuing a 99.99 percent vaccination rate and using very small groups of immune compromised individuals as an excuse to eliminate all non-medical vaccine exemptions, liability free doctors want permission from lawmakers to blackmail virtually every American into playing vaccine roulette. And they want to do this in the absence of sound vaccine safety science, even for those potentially at higher risk for suffering vaccine harm.
Philosopher and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel has said “When you take an idea or a concept and turn it into an abstraction, that opens the way to take human beings and turn them, also, into abstractions. When human beings become abstractions, what is left?” 83
Cruel and Inhuman to Last Degree
In 1905, when the U.S. Supreme Court in Jacobsen v. Massachusetts affirmed the right of states to mandate smallpox vaccination, the Court warned legislatures that it was not condoning vaccination of persons for whom the medical procedure would be “cruel and inhuman to the last degree,” adding that “all laws should receive a sensible construction.” 84
The inalienable right to autonomy and free exercise of conscience to protect bodily integrity trumps the right of government to use our bodies for any purpose, which is why informed consent to vaccine risk taking and flexible medical, religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions must remain a legal right in America. 85
Act Now to Protect Bodily Integrity and Free Exercise of Conscience
If you want the legal right to freely exercise conscience and protect your bodily integrity or that of your child when it comes to vaccine risk-taking, if you do not want to wake up one day and be forced to play vaccine roulette when you have good reason to conclude that you or your child are at high risk for suffering vaccine harm, you need to act now. You can be sure that the odds definitely will not be in your favor when it comes to finding a doctor to grant you a medical vaccine exemption.
Go to NVIC.org and learn more about infectious diseases and vaccines. Sign up for the NVIC Advocacy Portal today and join the thousands of intelligent, concerned and courageous Americans standing up and speaking out in states across this country in defense of the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking. 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98
Please take action now.
It’s your health. Your family. Your choice.
See References #31-35.
NC Health News Mar. 25, 2015.
Texas Senate. Testimony of NVIC Advocacy Director Dawn Richardson
opposing bill to mandate vaccines for all teachers and school employees. (Hearing begins at 39:00 and ends at 1:28 with Dawn’s testimony beginning at 48:00. Senate Education Committee Hearing
Apr. 23, 2015.
Posted: 4/29/2015 10:46:05 AM
Since 1982, NVIC has been receiving reports from Americans describing vaccine injuries and deaths. Today, NVIC is hearing from more and more parents, grandparents, health and childcare workers and other citizens reporting vaccine reactions and vaccine failures, as well as and cases of intimidation and reprisals for attempting to make voluntary vaccine choices. NVIC's Director of Vaccine Response Reporting, Judith Jolly, RN, has been following up on these reports to NVIC to learn more and offer information and networking support.
Watch a 15 minute video with Judith and Barbara briefly reviewing several vaccine injury and harassment case reports among the many that NVIC has received this year. The video is the first in a series that will be highlighting case history reports made to NVIC.
On NVIC.org, you can make a report to NVIC's 33-year old Vaccine Reaction Registry
and/or publicly post a vaccine reaction report with a photo on the Memorial for Vaccine Victims
On the Vaccine Failure Wall, you can describe your experience if a vaccine failed to protect you or your child from disease.
If you were bullied, threatened or punished by a doctor, government official or employer for making an independent vaccine choice for yourself or your child, you can post a report on the Cry for Vaccine Freedom Wall