FPM Alert: SB 277 Write Your Assembly Member by Monday

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – May 21, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  SB 277 (Pan and Allen) as recently amended
Subject: Eliminates the personal beliefs exemption to required vaccinations
Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Your action is urgently needed – see below!

SB 277 passed the entire State Senate on a close to a party line vote with 25 of 39 Senators voting in favor of the bill. It now must pass through the State Assembly before going to the Governor. Every vote, including in the committees and the whole State Assembly, will be a chance to stop this bill. Thank you for taking action on SB 277 to protect the rights of all parents.

This is a fundamental parent’s rights issue. Because of opposition from good people like you, SB 277 has gotten more attention in our State Capitol than any other bill in the last several years. We will continue to closely monitor SB 277 and other bills concerning parental rights.

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

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A.  Status:
SB 277 is awaiting committee assignments in the California State Assembly.

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

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

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C.  ACTION Item:

Write your State Assembly Member
Please write and mail a letter to the member of the Assembly that represents your district. Please use this link to find out which Assembly Member is representing your district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov. Please include the following or similarly worded statement in your letter: “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.” You may also refer to the “Opposition Points to Share with Legislators” for additional ideas that you could add to your letter.

 

Mail The Letter To:
The Honorable (Your Assembly Member’s Name)
California State Assembly
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249

Why are Letters Best?

 

Letters have proven to be the best method of communicating your opinion on a legislative bill, except for a personal visit with your legislator. Many assume that an email is the most effective way to express your opinion, but this is not true. Because emails are easily and usually ignored, calls and letters are significantly more effective. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough letters being sent to make a large enough impact. It is considered that each letter represents the views of 1,000 or more voters within your district. Letters are the best method, even today, of making your opinion known at our state capitol.

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 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, by using the “personal beliefs exemption”.

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.

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 73
Lincoln, CA 95648

For information on how to contact your State Assembly Member and State Senator, please visit: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

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