Posted: 11/7/2010 8:33:02 PM
Washington, D.C. – In a joint effort to raise public awareness about the importance of defending the legal right to voluntary, informed consent to vaccination, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and Mercola.com co-sponsored the first annual Vaccine Awareness Week (Nov. 1-6, 2010). An online interactive database and communications network, the NVIC Advocacy Portal, was launched to help Americans protect and expand vaccine exemptions in state vaccine laws.
During the past seven days, thousands of Americans living in all 50 states registered for the free NVIC Advocacy Portal at www.NVICadvocacy.org to volunteer to work toward securing medical, religious and conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination in all state vaccine laws.
“It is time to get serious about legally defending the human right to informed consent to medical risk-taking in America, “ said NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher. “Everyone who registers for NVIC’s Advocacy Portal will learn how to stand up for the legal right to make voluntary vaccine decisions for themselves and their children.”
Reaching more than two million people during Vaccine Awareness Week with a series of articles and videos about vaccination published on Mercola.com, Dr. Joseph Mercola urged Americans to join with NVIC and Mercola.com and organize to protect vaccine choices.
“Americans should be free to say "yes" or "no" to using vaccines without being harassed or punished for the informed decision they make,” said Dr. Mercola. “Like any drug or medical procedure a doctor recommends, getting a vaccine is a personal health choice and the voluntary consent of the patient is absolutely necessary.”
NVIC is a non-profit charity founded in 1982 to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defend the informed consent ethic in medicine. Mercola.com, which ranks in the top five most visited health information websites in the world, hosts NVIC’s website at www.NVIC.org and NVICAdvocacy.org. NVIC and Mercola.com have partnered since 2008 to research and disseminate referenced information about vaccination and health.
Topics of articles about vaccination published on Mercola.com during Vaccine Awareness Week, included:
For more information about how to make an educated decision about vaccination, visit www.NVIC.org and become an NVIC Facebook Fan.
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC.org) and Dr. Joseph Mercola (Mercola.com) are sponsoring Vaccine Awareness Week Nov. 1-6, 2010 to raise public consciousness about important vaccine issues affecting Americans and their families.
The weeklong series of articles about vaccination published on Mercola.com includes the launch of NVIC’s Advocacy Portal, which is a free online interactive database and communications network that empowers citizens to protect and enhance vaccine exemptions in all 50 states.
Vaccine Awareness Week also features a fund raising campaign to support NVIC’s public education programs to prevent vaccines injuries and deaths and defend the informed consent ethic in medicine.
Think Globally, Act Locally
“The national forced vaccination lobby is well organized and they have billions of taxpayer dollars plus billions more from Big Pharma at their disposal to persuade state legislators to approve more and more vaccine mandates,” said Dr. Mercola, “That is why I am partnering with NVIC and encouraging everyone to join with us and take action now to protect vaccine exemptions in all states.”
NVIC co-founder and president, Barbara Loe Fisher, said “Dr. Mercola and I know it is time to get serous about legally defending the human right to informed consent to medical risk-taking in America. Everyone who registers for NVIC’s Advocacy Portal will learn how to work in their own state for the legal right to make voluntary vaccine choices for themselves and their children.”
NVIC Advocacy Portal: Giving You Tools to Take Action
The NVIC Advocacy Portal was created by NVIC Director of Advocacy, Dawn Richardson, who founded and is president of Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education (PROVE). With PROVE co-founder, Rebecca Rex, Dawn led a successful seven year grassroots campaign to secure conscientious belief exemption to vaccination in Texas vaccine law in 2003.
Using her background in electrical engineering, computer science and grassroots consumer advocacy, Dawn designed an interactive internet-based tool to empower Americans to work efficiently and effectively to protect and secure vaccine exemptions in every state. The interactive software creates a dynamic communications network that will be operated by NVIC and strengthened by the people who use it.
One Stop Shop For Vaccine Choice Advocates
“The religious and conscientious/philosophical belief exemptions to vaccination are being targeted for elimination by drug company lobbyists and doctors and organizations with financial ties to vaccine manufacturers,” said Dawn. “We wanted to create a one-stop shop for informing people in real time about what is going on with vaccine laws and policymaking in their states to help level the playing field. Now concerned families can make their voices heard and be represented in their own state legislatures.”
Dawn emphasized that the NVIC Advocacy Portal, which took more than a year to develop, is still “a work in progress.” “Even though the NVIC Advocacy Portal is in its infancy, we knew we needed to launch it now to give people a way to take immediate action,” she said. “What is so great is that the more people, who register and use it and read our online state and national advocacy newsletters, the more effective and powerful it will become.”
When you register for the NVIC Advocacy Portal at www.NVICadvocacy.org, you will:
- Be connected automatically to contact information for YOUR elected state legislators
- Learn tips for successfully talking to YOUR legislators and opinion leaders
- Attend online training sessions for vaccine education & choice advocacy
- Be the FIRST to know when you need to take immediate action in YOUR state when vaccine exemptions are being threatened
- Join with like-minded vaccine safety and informed consent advocates to protect and expand the medical, religious and conscientious belief exemptions in YOUR state
- Receive online newsletters to keep you informed about what is happening in the states and breaking national vaccine news affecting you and your family
Freedom Is Not Free
“Barbara and I know that freedom is not free,” said Dr. Mercola. “We need to organize and raise millions to fight Big Pharma and Corporate Medicine. We must fight the forced vaccination lobby that wants to enslave us and make us buy and use more and more vaccines so drug company stockholders make bigger and bigger profits. I have selected NVIC as one of my favorite charities because I want to win this war against forced vaccination in America.”
NVIC is a non-profit (501C3) charity that has been fighting for vaccine freedom of choice since 1982. Mercola.com, which is among the top five most visited health information websites in the world, has partnered with NVIC since 2008 and donates technical support and hosting of NVIC’s website at NVIC.org and the NVIC Advocacy Portal at NVICadvocacy.org.
With every product order from Mercola.com during Vaccine Awareness Week (Nov. 1-6, 2010), a donation is being made by Mercola.com to NVIC’s national and state based public education and vaccine choice advocacy programs.
Fight for Freedom: Make a Donation to NVIC
Use of the NVIC Advocacy Portal at www.NVICadvocacy.org is free. Please consider making a donation of $10 or more to NVIC to support operation of the Portal and expansion of the vaccine safety and informed consent movement in America. To make a charitable donation to NVIC’s public education and advocacy work, go to www.NVIC.org