On June 19, the Ohio Senate slipped an amendment into the budget bill that would allow private schools to deny admission to children who have a vaccine exemption on philosophical or religious belief grounds.
The budget bill, Ohio House Bill 166, unanimously passed the Senate, but now the differences between the House and Senate versions have to be worked out. A small group of Representatives and Senators have been appointed as the “conference committee” to negotiate the final version, which will then have to be approved by both chambers.
Currently, private schools in Ohio must accept the same exemptions as public schools. If the Senate’s vaccine provision is included in HB 166, private schools would be able to deny admission to students with philosophical or religious beliefs against vaccination. Medical exemptions would still be protected, but they are very difficult to obtain; in many states, we’ve seen doctors who do provide medical exemptions come under attack by medical authorities, leaving families with no real options for opting out of vaccine mandates.
Please help us protect the right to choose by contacting your Ohio state legislators today!
Talking points, which explain more about the problem with bill, are below the Take Action section.
Contact both your Ohio State Senator and Ohio State Representative and ask them to work to remove the vaccine provision in HB 166. Section 3313.671 Part F reads:
(F) Notwithstanding division (B)(4) of this section, a nonpublic school may deny admission to or refuse to enroll a pupil whose parent or guardian declines to have the pupil immunized for reasons of conscience, including religious convictions.
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After you contact your state legislators, you can also contact the members of the Conference Committee, listed below. If you are a constituent of one of the members, be sure to mention that when you call!
“Hi, my name is ____. I am calling to ask [Senator / Representative] ____ to remove the vaccine provision from the budget bill, HB 166.
Section 3313.671 Part F of the Senate’s version of the bill would allow private schools to deny admission to students who use a philosophical or religious vaccine exemption.
Current Ohio law states that both of these exemptions are available to any student in public school and there is no reason to discriminate against students in private schools.
This provision has no place in the budget bill. It is not about our budget, but about individuals’ rights to choose what medical procedures to consent to.
Parents should never be forced to choose between educating and vaccinating their children. Vaccines are inherently risky and vaccine injury is real. As stated by the U.S. Supreme Court vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.”
Over 4 billion dollars has been paid out by the government to victims of vaccine injury – the risks are real. Yet medical exemptions are notoriously difficult to obtain.
Please remove Section 3313.671 Part F from HB 166.”
Keep your call or email short, clear, and concise. The most important talking point is why this matters to you personally! You can also pick 2 or 3 talking points from those below to help you craft your message.
Phone calls have an even greater impact than emails. Be sure to identify yourself as a constituent.
- The Ohio vaccination rate is currently at approximately 92.4% for the 7 vaccines surveyed by the CDC. The existing philosophical and religious exemptions do not threaten overall vaccination rates.
- The US Supreme Court recognizes vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe” and to cause injury and death in some recipients. The US Government has paid out approximately $4 billion to the victims of vaccine injury. Hundreds of thousands have reported an adverse reaction to vaccination to VAERS. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/ensuringsafety/monitoring/vaers/
- Vaccine makers and the healthcare providers who administer them bear zero liability for vaccine injuries and deaths. Vaccine makers have no incentive to make vaccines safe.
- Children today receive 69 doses of vaccines for 16 different viral and bacterial illnesses which more than doubles the government childhood schedule of 34 doses of 11 different vaccines in the year 2000. Thirty-five doses and 5 more unique vaccines have been added to the schedule in the last 15 years. Those supporting forced vaccination are being dishonest by not acknowledging the exploding vaccine schedule while sounding alarms over small increases in overall non-medical exemptions.
- The idea that unvaccinated individuals pose a health risk to others is unsupported in the medical literature. In fact, vaccinated individuals can pose greater risk to public health due to a process known as shedding. Scientific evidence demonstrates that individuals vaccinated with live virus vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), rotavirus, chicken pox, shingles and influenza can shed the virus for many weeks or months afterwards. https://www.westonaprice.org/studies-show-that-vaccinated-individuals-spread-disease/
See what the Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom have to say about HB 166 here: https://ohioamf.org/initiatives/ohio-house-bill-166b/