Action Alert: Attacks on Vaccine Exemptions, Protect Your Rights

March 24, 2011

From the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC):

An assault on vaccine exemptions is underway in Washington State by powerful special interest groups that want to do the same thing in other states. All WA state residents, who want to file a philosophical or religious exemption to vaccination without getting a signature from a doctor or medical worker, should register for the free NVIC Advocacy Portal and access guidelines and updates for how to contact legislators to educate them about the dangers of SB5005. Key contacts need to be made immediately in the House of Representatives on legislation that will significantly restrict the ability to file and receive a religious or philosophical exemption. Stand up and protect your informed consent rights or lose them.

The Senate bill (SB5005), which was introduced by state Sen. Karen Keiser (D-33rd District) and has 11 sponsors, and the House bill (HB1015), which was introduced by state Rep. Barbara Bailey (R-10th District) and has 16 sponsors, enjoys the strong backing of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Washington State Nurses Association, state public health officials and other trade organizations representing medical personnel, who are seeking to force families into “medical homes” and reduce the numbers of non-medical vaccine exemptions in the state of Washington.

The online Advocacy Portal launched by the National Vaccine Information Center in November 2010 is helping Americans organize and fight to protect the integrity of the medical, religious and conscientious belief exemptions to vaccination in state health laws. In two states – Washington and New Jersey – well heeled and politically influential medical trade organizations promoting forced vaccination, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), have joined with government health officials and pharmaceutical companies to put the squeeze on state legislators to take away or severely limit the ability of citizens to make voluntary vaccine choices. Read more…

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