FPM Alert: SB 277 Call Your State Senator

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – May 12, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  SB 277 (Pan and Allen) as recently amended
Subject: Completely eliminates the personal beliefs exemption to required vaccinations (for school attendance) – A usurpation of parental authority and violation of human rights.

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Your important Phone Calls are urgently needed!

Information Included In This E-mail:
A.  Status
B.  Summary of Concern
C.  Action Items
D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators
E.  Background Information

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A.  Status:
SB 277 passed the California State Senate Health, Education, and Judiciary committees. SB 277 bypassed the Appropriations Committee after it was amended to remove a requirement that each school notify parents of the school’s vaccination rates. This change does not affect our position on this bill. The entire State Senate will vote on this bill as early as this Thursday (May 14th). This will be the last vote taken on SB 277 before it goes to the State Assembly. We urge you to contact your State Senator now. See Action Item below.
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B.  Summary of Concern:

SB 277 eliminates the current right of parents to exempt their child from one or more of the vaccinations required for school enrollment.

SB 277 would take away the historic parental right to independently make informed voluntary decisions regarding the health care of their children, including the choice of which vaccines, if any, their children will receive. This is known as “informed consent”.

SB 277 has been amended to exclude pupils enrolled in home-based private schools from the required vaccinations. However, the amendments to this bill could be changed or deleted at any time. SB 277 needs to be defeated because of its threat to the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.

Additionally, nothing would stop our Legislature from removing this exclusion in future legislation.

We must continue to stand firm and be persistent in our opposition to SB 277!

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C.  ACTION Item:
Always contact legislators as a parent and citizenDo not call or write as a homeschooler.

Call Immediately the member of the California State Senate that represents your district. Please use the following link to find out which Senator is representing your district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

After determining who your State Senator is, use the following link to find your Senator’s Capitol Telephone number:

http://senate.ca.gov/senators

Scroll down to find your State Senator and call the phone number listed under Capitol Office. If you have time, please also call their district office(s).

It is best to call between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Tell them:

“Please vote no on SB 277 (by Pan), as recently amended because I oppose eliminating this historic right of parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine required for school attendance.”

Notes:

  • Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill affects all families with children.
  • This is not an exclusively homeschool issue. Do not call or write as a homeschooler.
  • Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on the Internet.
  • Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
  • Pray for a proper outcome.

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D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators:
SB 277 significantly diminishes parental rights, religious liberties, and personal conscience liberties. It imposes a requirement that will take away the current guaranteed right of a parent to exempt their child from any or all vaccinations required for school enrollment.

Current law already allows for non-vaccinated students to be restricted from attending a school while there is an outbreak of particular communicable diseases.

SB 277 is a violation of the fundamental right of parents to direct the care and upbringing of their children.

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E.  Background Information:
The following are additional but important details related to the bill.

Under current law a parent may exempt their child from any or all vaccines required for school attendance.

SB 277 would delete from California law the “personal beliefs exemption” from required vaccinations.

SB 277 would erode the traditional and God-given right of parents to make voluntary decisions in the best interest of their children in all health care decisions. SB 277 undermines this fundamental right.

All parents should be able to voluntarily choose: (1) which medical service to use for the life and health of their dependent children, (2) which provider they use for that service, and (3) which sources of information to use regarding any medical service/intervention and service provider(s).

It is wise for parents to aggressively seek out good information from multiple sources, concerning the risks of and alternatives to any medical care, procedure or treatment, prior to making a decision concerning a medical service (intervention, care, costs, etc., including every vaccination) for their child.

We are not taking a position on vaccinations. For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources .

Currently, the majority of information provided about vaccinations is heavily weighted toward sending a message that all vaccines work and are good for your children with only rare and temporary discomfort. Very little, if any, information is sent from most medical, media, and government sources on facts concerning why some vaccines have a lower rate of conferred immunity. Nor is information made readily available regarding the harmful and sometimes deadly or permanently disabling effects of particular vaccines due to their contents, and how and when and under what conditions they are given. Very few studies have been done on the long-term effects of vaccines.

Vaccination Risks
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, 131 S. Ct. 1068, 179 L.Ed.2d 1 (2011).   See additional information at: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources and http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data.html .

Medical Exemptions
Under SB 277, the only way a child could be exempted from one or more required vaccines would be to obtain a medical exemption from a physician, which is difficult to obtain. Medical exemptions are usually given for only one vaccine at a time. They are only given after a serious reaction has already occurred from a previous vaccine or a physician determines that a vaccine is contraindicated due to allergies or some other physical condition of the child.

A medical exemption must be documented by a letter from a physician stating who the exemption is for and for what vaccine. It must specify whether it is a permanent or temporary exemption. If temporary, the exemption must state how long the temporary exemption is valid.

Religious Exemptions
No religious exemption would be helpful because almost all parents would be ineligible due to the very narrow restrictions. These exemptions only apply to those people who are members of a religious institution, denomination, or organized group whose official statement of belief or creed includes a prohibition against ever seeing a doctor or receiving medical treatment of any kind, no matter how serious the health emergency.

Conclusion
SB 277 is a major incremental step toward taking away the right and responsibility of parents to make decisions for the care and protection of their own children in every part of life, including medical care.

Examples of other areas in which parental rights are being undermined include the area of education (we are again battling mandatory kindergarten in a new bill: AB 713), mental health, religion and philosophy of life, social life (can a parent restrict a child from certain things on the internet, friends, books, etc., or any other influences?). Another example is the recent alarming “medical kidnappings” of minors for medical procedures and treatments forced on children without permission from their parents or allowing parents to get a second opinion.  For more information on these kinds of parental rights violations visit www.parentalrights.org .

Parents need to understand the bigger picture of what is at stake here. This isn’t just about vaccines. Regardless of what we think about any mandatory vaccine, we must protect the rights of parents to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children.

We must be vigilant to hold our ground against SB 277. Your help is key to the defense of our freedoms. Please take the above-suggested action ASAP. Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond.

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For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations, please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources

Permission is given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

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This Action Alert was sent out by
Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

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