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California Enacts Vaccine Law That Forces Parents to Choose Between Human Rights and Civil Rights

By Barbara Loe Fisher
Published July 01, 2015 in Government

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.
NVIC Press Release: Enactment of CA SB277 Threatens Human & Civil Rights in AmericaClick 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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21 Responses to "California Enacts Vaccine Law That Forces Parents to Choose Between Human Rights and Civil Rights"
Commenter Name
Niara Isley
Posted: 7/2/2015 12:16:46 PM
This is outrageous in the face of mounting dangers, including death, of vaccines to children being reported all over the country. This new California "law" needs to be repealed immediately.
Commenter Name
Posted: 7/2/2015 2:36:48 PM
This is wrong on every level! I am appalled at the lawlessness of this legislation! I pray that all Californians will stand up to this tyranny and do not allow their freedom of their own BODIES to be lost! There is not ONE government body that is doing a great job and has no margin of error; why would we ever give govt the right to decide for us in ANYTHING? WE, the people...should have a legally protected right to decide for ourselves and our families. God save America and those who just want truth and justice to prevail.
Commenter Name
Posted: 7/2/2015 2:46:37 PM
I feel so sad first , then so so scarred... for all children present and futur! who receive toxic levels of mercury and alluminum in their tiny body as soon as coming out to the world! I feel mad too... to see that people have not put the same force and energy to fight for the garanty of the health of their children, their civil rights and their right to choose the same as they did for other rights like the one to choose who to marry regardless of sex gender... Seems that is more important than the healthy futur of all children in the Nation. I still hope there will be enough people motivated to strongly oppose this horrific new law to take it to the next judicial level. In the meanwhile let's educate people the best we can by circulating as much infos on the ingredients added to vaccines as we can by all media sources possible. I am not against vaccines to protect our children against diseases. I am against injecting dangerous and potentialy deadly chemicals in their body. Vaccines may protect... chemicals will kill!
Commenter Name
Posted: 7/2/2015 2:48:32 PM
I feel so sad first , then so so scarred... for all children present and futur! who receive toxic levels of mercury and alluminum in their tiny body as soon as coming out to the world! I feel mad too... to see that people have not put the same force and energy to fight for the garanty of the health of their children, their civil rights and their right to choose the same as they did for other rights like the one to choose who to marry regardless of sex gender... Seems that is more important than the healthy futur of all children in the Nation. I still hope there will be enough people motivated to strongly oppose this horrific new law to take it to the next judicial level. In the meanwhile let's educate people the best we can by circulating as much infos on the ingredients added to vaccines as we can by all media sources possible. I am not against vaccines to protect our children against diseases. I am against injecting dangerous and potentialy deadly chemicals in their body. Vaccines may protect... chemicals will kill!
Commenter Name
Posted: 7/2/2015 3:39:11 PM
Shame on the legislators. I don't know how these people sleep at night.
Commenter Name
a former democrat
Posted: 7/2/2015 4:23:20 PM
It is time for Californians to wake-up and understand that there is really only one political party in control in California, and THAT controlling party just took away your right to choose. Are you pro choice? Your democratic politicians may say they are in all their speeches, and all their commercials when they are running for office, but they just proved they are not pro choice. People keep believing their dogma in their campaigns, and their dem-onizing of any opponents. It's time to recognize this tactic as manipulative and dishonest. Let's finally acknowledge that this controlling political party in California is not helping you keep your freedoms; they are taking them away, and they just took a major freedom from you. Now, thanks to the controlling party in California, you can not choose to protect your own child from something you have researched on your own. Your own conclusions from the current scientific literature mean nothing anymore. You now must comply according to their beliefs. That's exactly what this is: complying with their own beliefs, stuffed down your throat and into the bodies of your children, and next they are coming after YOU. Wake up and VOTE DIFFERENTLY than you ever have before at the next election. Your party has abandoned you. Voting differently is your ONLY way out of this mess we have now in California.
Commenter Name
Posted: 7/2/2015 5:25:34 PM
I have to respond to Eve. We in CA who know the truth about vaccnations; did fight. We went to the capitol & spoke out against this Bill; we sent numerous emails, letters, went to representatives offices in person. And it feels like all our opinions and cries were ignored. Many of these representatives are on Big Pharma's payroll. One example is Sen Pan, he was the largest dole out so far; after he headed this Bill - $95,000 was put into his campaign fund by Big Pharma...this info can be seen by the public. If interested you can watch all of the hearings on Youtube. And see all the people going up to the microphone to give their opposition. As a matter of fact a security guard made a comment that he hadn't seen that many people react to a Bill & show up to the Capitol in over 15 years. But unfortunately it mostly fell on deaf ears! We will be suing you can guarantee that! I do not think this Bill will hold up in court. We will continue here in CA to fight for our rights!
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Shekinah Star
Posted: 7/2/2015 6:34:04 PM
Why am I punished for someone else's child having problems? And it needs to be expressed profusely about the number who have been vaccinated that catch the same disease. At my hospital, many people after receiving the flu vaccines, which I knew was worthless for preventing the flu, were sick for than 2 times in the winter. (They never got sick before the vaccine.) I would rather my child be immuned the natural way. The next question is why is it wrong to be immuned naturally? When it doesn't make money. Shekinah Star
Commenter Name
Posted: 7/2/2015 9:21:20 PM
https://www.facebook.com/SB277Referendum If you are in California this will need your signature as soon as the Attorney General’s office provides the official title and forms. http://sb277referendum.com/
Commenter Name
Posted: 7/2/2015 9:44:10 PM
I am so disgusted with industry's push for profit at any cost. We have God-given rights to stand up against this assault on our health , our children, and our good future!
Commenter Name
Kerri Rush
Posted: 7/2/2015 11:17:20 PM
What if a law was made that said no child could receive vaccinations and that every child had to take vitamin supplements? How would people who support vaccinations feel about that. Barbara you are right, this is a human and civil rights issue.
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Brad Piper
Posted: 7/2/2015 11:44:08 PM
I don't understand the amount of time, energy, and money that has been spent on supporting sb277. Why don't these people focus on the real health problems of this country: smoking, obesity, drug and alcohol abuse. These issues kill thousands of people each year. The American Cancer Society states childhood cancer is on the rise, yet they don't know why. Autism is on the rise, no one knows why. Allergies, asthma, behavioral issues......all on the rise! The common denominator is the amount of vaccinations on the rise. Why can't somebody perform a study or questionnaire for unvaccinated children to show the lack of health issues with them. We have 3 in completely in vaccinated children (5,3, 5 months). We have yet to see our children with the common (now acceptable) issues with allergies, illnesses, rashes, asthma, infections, behavior issues, etc..... The media and big business is winning and has swayed the public once again. So sad. We will keep fighting!
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Armen from Sacramento
Posted: 7/3/2015 8:34:21 AM
God is allowing this, so we can take our children out of schools and homeschool them, just as God told us to do. He wants the parents to teach the kids the commands of God. So if you look at it, this is a good thing that's happening, it may be hard to transition but it is for the best of our kids.
Commenter Name
Posted: 7/3/2015 1:22:32 PM
This is a sad time for California families and if we ALL don't ramp up our political action, it will not end there. We need everyone to stay active and vocal and help overturn this bill so the steam rolling train is stopped! Many thanks to Barbara Loe Fischer and the NVIC for all your work. This is feeling like a state of government control that is from a horror film. And I am a liberal democrat and believe in the greater good for the community over the individual (please refrain from sounding off against liberal politics and keep the forum focused and united on this vaccine issue). I am in medical research and can see that we are soon at a paradigm shift: with all the micro biome research we are soon going to realize (or remember) what actually keeps you healthy. We are also going to see that all of these drugs, toxins, vaccines and poor nutrition destroy create an unhealthy micro biome and actually cause disease. The EVIDENCE is also mounting on mitochondrial defects and methlyation dysfunction. We could be at a brink of discovering WHO IS at risk for the adverse effects of vaccines. The problem there is that it is not uncommon and will shed a light on how we have changed our immune systems over generations and are now poisoning ourselves. So as someone in science, I feel like we are on the brink of a paradigm shift in medicine. My hope vascillates between confident knowledge that more of the data will come forward vs fear that the government and corporate powers will never allow this evidence to come forward. The brainwashing that is being done on medicine is abhorrent The public will have to be the ones to call it out!!! Keep up the pressure!
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J. White
Posted: 7/4/2015 12:14:15 AM
Is any organization in California taking the lead on getting a referendum & or taking this law to court? How can we follow and support the fight after SB277 has been signed into law?
Commenter Name
Jenny M.
Posted: 7/4/2015 12:12:23 PM
What do they expect from governor Moonbeam? Moonbeam had a chance to protect infant males from circumcision and he dropped the ball on that one too. He's just the great pretender. Well, not pretending anymore. I wonder what the autism and infant death (SIDS) rates are in Mississippi and West Virginia? It would be interesting to find out if they are higher in those two states. I fear for those poor babies, children and parents trapped in California (and MS and WV) who can't homeschool their kids. I guess they'll have to go underground.
Commenter Name
Posted: 7/5/2015 11:31:53 AM
I am appalled at the audacity of the law makers to allow mandatory vaccinations to become Law. It appears that there is an overwhelming amount of propaganda against the right to choose to be vaccinated. The herd mentality of thinking if everyone is not vaccinated then people will die of a certain disease is a weak theory at best. The more people are vaccinated the more weak the immune system in the greater population. There is a huge bias, fear base and narrow point of view that is prevalent in the pro-vaccination community. I am appalled at the willingness of CA to throw away our constitutional rights to our civil liberties and right to choose.
Commenter Name
Posted: 7/5/2015 4:33:41 PM
When I was 9 months old, after passing many milestones normally, I had the vaccinations required at that age and almost immediately began having grand mal seizures. The doctors couldn't find any medical/physical reason for this, and told my (single) mom that 97% of kids with seizures were helped by drugs. I was in the 3% that were not. So, my mom tried drug after drug to help my seizures to no avail. She couldn't find babysitters and had to rely on family to care for me while she worked. There was no VARS and no discussion of vaccine related injuries. It wasn't until she was much older and saw a 60 minutes report that my mom saw a connection. Because of this, when I became pregnant, my husband and I carefully researched immunizations, their history, their ingredients. We looked at both sides and we even attended local debates held by physicians. Then, like many parents involved in this issue, we made an INFORMED choice to NOT consent to vaccinations for our twins. We were rejected by pediatrician after pediatrician as we tried to make well baby appointments, even if we claimed we wanted to delay vaccinations. We did finally find a family physician who believed in our right to make a choice as parents and who knew we had informed ourselves as to the consequences of our choices. We also felt a greater responsibility to make other associated decisions to keep our children healthy in light of the fact that we chose not to vaccinate. So, we kept visits very limited in their first 3 months and didn't go out with the babies much until after 6 months. I nursed them until well after one year of age; they did not attend pre-school or daycare until 3.5 years. We fed them organic food and very little processed or sugary foods, even though I never considered myself a 'holistic' mama! We used homeopathic medicine for minor illnesses. They didn't know what juice or sodas were until after they started school and were invited to classmates parties. Healthy choices in general but choices which we felt incumbent to make in order to boost their immunity. And now, our ability to choose what is best for our children has been taken away. How can these legislators liken injecting children with toxic and dangerous substances to seat-belt laws???! Homeschooling is not an option that will work for us or many families. And, it's very unlikely we'd be granted a medical exemption, even with a caring and compassionate family physician. This puts a burden back onto the doctor and there is a LOT of pressure from other doctors in the community. So, it appears we either have to move out of California or hope that a lawsuit or other repeal action is successful. Please let me know how I can help preserve my rights. Apparently, my congress people are unconcerned about my families viewpoint. Thank you.
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Victoria Bingham
Posted: 7/26/2015 10:46:06 PM
Heide,You made the right choice for your twins. I also did my research when I was pregnant and elected to refuse all shots for my newborn. Today he is 16 years old and has not been sick at all in 10 years. The last time he was sick was when - at 6 years of age - he got over the chicken pox in3 days.. He's never had an ear infection, has no allergies, no sensitivities, no learning disorders,..nothing. In fact Nick is athletic, bright and happy. Besides that he praises God that his mother stuck to her convictions. I wish my brother would have listened to me.. He fully vaccinated his daughter, who now has severe allergies and comes down with everything going around. Permitting a child to develop an immune system naturally should be a no brainer.. We education children to develop their intellect don't we? We put them in sports to build muscles. So also does the immune system require training. An excellent article on the subject is in Smithsonian Magazine (April 2013) entitled 'The Secret of Dirt'. Scientists went to Finland to find out why they had an epidemic of Diabetes I... An autoimmune disease, but right across the water in Russia there was NO diabetes at all! They discovered that the poorer Russian children got to develop their immune systems by playing in 'less sanitary conditions!' The sterile environment of the more affluent Finns failed to provide for the exercise of the children's immune systems. We know we are on the right side in this battle. Let's not give up!
Commenter Name
Posted: 8/2/2015 4:30:27 PM
How can the state mandate these stipulations upon a private school? Is not a private school a private enterprise, completely separate from the State, receiving no funding etc.? If private schools wish to remain so could they not release accreditation in order to continue to function and serve the desires and needs of the individuals which comprise the private enterprise? So if my population at my private school decides we accept vaccine exemptions for instance, and we are in no way affiliated with the state or federal government, how do they have jurisdiction over my private civil rights to do as I choose? This is entirely unconstitutional, where are the lawyers???
Commenter Name
Posted: 11/2/2015 6:40:10 PM
Californians all over did fight it. Thousands signed petitions. The petitions were gathered and the signatures were counted and reported. The group that took the petitions to sacramento took several car loads and then came back with more. In that time frame, sacramento said they did not count as many as we turned in. In essence. Thousands of signatures went missing and there went the deadline to get the vaccination bill on the ballot to let the citizens vote for or against it. This is what our government has come down to. nothing but crooks and thugs.

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