Just before Christmas, the powerful Pharma-Public Health-Medical Trade lobby launched an orchestrated attack in Ohio and Michigan to restrict the legal rights of parents to make voluntary choices about vaccination for their children. NVIC was able to warn parents in Ohio in time for them to take action and protect vaccine exemptions, but forced vaccination proponents in Michigan pulled a fast one and succeeded in gutting vaccine informed consent rights in that state.
Ohio Citizens Take Action
During the first week in December, NVIC issued an Action Alert via the online NVIC Advocacy Portal and NVIC Newsletter
warning that the forced vaccination lobby was pressuring Ohio state legislators to create new vaccine requirements for daycare attendance and require parents to get approval from a doctor or other state designated medical worker before filing non-medical vaccine exemptions for children. Ohio residents responded to NVIC’s call to action, which was reposted on Facebook and different online forums by the Mercola Newsletter, Health Impact news, Autism Action Network
Ohio Vaccine Exemptions Protected
Although Ohio legislators did pass a law (HB 394
) in December that requires children attending daycare to get every CDC recommended vaccination while also giving pharmacists the green light to administer vaccines, legislators were responsive to protests from Ohio citizens defending non-medical vaccine exemptions. The new law leaves non-medical religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions intact, with one Ohio lawmaker emphasizing during floor debates the need for “flexibility and protections for people’s rights in their personal beliefs.”
Another legislator stated “the same exemptions that apply today for entrance to kindergarten would still apply for those kids entering licensed child care facilities….so for those parents who have a religious or conscientious objection, they still may do that.”
Michigan Health Officials Abuse Rule Making Authority
In contrast to Ohio, where the public was allowed to participate in the lawmaking process, Michigan state health department officials abused their rule making authority so they could fly under the radar to limit citizen participation and sneak vaccine exemption filing changes through the back door. Without notifying long-recognized vaccine stakeholders, such as Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines
and NVIC, and without any legislative hearings, state health officials quietly gutted the non-medical vaccine exemption filing process by burying a rule change notice in on page 166 of a 240-page document published in the Nov. 1, 2014 Michigan Register.
As of Jan. 1, 2015, Michigan parents filing a non-medical exemption form for their children first will be required to ask a health department official to certify
that they have received one-sided state vaccine “education.” Without that health department “certification,” a non-medical vaccine exemption will not be accepted by a day care facility, school or other state-funded activity program.
NVIC Opposes New Michigan Rule
NVIC State Advocacy Director Dawn Richardson said: “In Michigan, state health officials abused their rule making privileges and failed to adequately inform the public and solicit feedback from families negatively impacted by restriction of non-medical vaccine exemptions. The Michigan legislature should make it a priority in the new session to quickly rescind the new rule, which endorses state-sanctioned discrimination against and coercion, harassment and intimidation of families making informed vaccine choices by assuming they are ignorant and in need of re-education.”
Stand Up in Michigan and Your State Today!
Learn more about what NVIC is going to do in Michigan in the New Year and what YOU can do in Michigan and other states to protect vaccine exemptions by signing up today to use the free online NVIC Advocacy Portal.
As a Portal user, you willreceive email updates about vaccine legislation pending in your state and have direct electronic access to your own state legislators so you can make your voice heard. You will also have immediate access to NVIC Advocacy Portal updates as vaccine bills move through the legislative process.
No matter what state you live in, please understand that the forced vaccination lobby could descend on your state unannounced in the coming year. Be prepared to fight back by being among the first to get NVIC Action Alerts about proposed changes to vaccine laws in your state and learn what you can do about it.
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to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths and help advocate for reform of vaccine policies and laws
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Happy New Year!
by Barbara Loe Fisher
Here we are rushing to make last minute preparations for the holidays and what is the Pharma-led forced vaccination lobby doing in Ohio? Well, they have sweet-talked Ohio legislators into quietly ramming a new law through the legislature to add more vaccine requirements for children in daycare. Plus,
the new law would force parents to get a doctor or other medical worker to approve a religious or conscientious belief vaccine exemption.
Act Today To Protect Religious and Conscience Exemptions
That’s right, if you are an Ohio resident with a child in daycare, your right to exercise your religious beliefs, your conscience and informed consent rights are about to be stripped from you unless you act TODAY.
Please go to NVICAdvocacy.org
and sign up to be an NVIC Advocacy Portal user. It’s free and you will learn more about fast tracked Ohio Senate Bill 381 and House Bill 536. Also, you will be put in immediate electronic contact with your own state legislators on your cell phone, tablet or computer so you can tell them what you want them to do.
Don’t let the Grinches in Ohio win.
Bad Vaccine Legislation May Come to YOUR State
And for those who do not live in Ohio, please understand that there is no guarantee that the forced vaccination lobby is not coming to YOUR state next year to try to fast track a bad vaccine law through YOUR state legislature. If you are signed up for the NVIC Advocacy Portal, you will be the first to know when bad vaccine legislation is moving through your state in 2015.
The nonprofit National Vaccine Information Center is the oldest and largest consumer-led charity working to secure flexible informed consent provisions in U.S. vaccine policies and laws. Please, help us help you protect your human and legal right to make voluntary vaccine decisions for yourself and your children.
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Any gift you can give to NVIC, no matter the amount, will make it possible for us to continue to defend the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking in America next year and for many years to come. It is easy to make an online tax-deductible donation at NVIC.org.
Thank you and we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah or a celebration in the giving spirit of this holiday season with your family and friends according to your own personal beliefs and traditions.