Start the new year off by speaking up for a good bill in the North Dakota legislature that would protect the rights of parents so that they can make their own healthcare decisions for their children.
SB 2188 would prohibit health care to minors without written parental consent, preserve parental rights on healthcare decisions, and require that schools inform parents about available vaccine exemptions.
This bill prohibits a health care practitioner or an individual employed by a health care practitioner from soliciting or arranging to provide health care services or prescribe medicinal drugs to a minor child without first obtaining written parental consent.
SB 2188 establishes in state law that parental rights are reserved to the parent of a minor child without obstruction or interference from the state, a political subdivision, or another governmental entity.
The rights of a parent of a minor child include but are not limited to making health care decisions for the minor child, unless otherwise prohibited by law, and accessing and reviewing all medical records of the minor child unless prohibited by law.
This bill also requires school districts to develop policies that include, among other things, procedures for a parent to learn about parental rights and responsibilities, including the right to exempt a minor child from immunizations, under section 23-07-17.1.
The Weston A. Price Foundation supports these sections of the bill but does not take a position on the sections that do not relate to vaccines.
SB 2188 was introduced on 1/10/2023 and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it was heard on 1/17/2023.
This bill is sponsored by Senators Clemens and Boehm and Representatives Henderson, Kasper, and Marschall.
Contact your North Dakota Senator and ask him/her to SUPPORT SB 2188.
“Find my legislator” – At the upper right corner of the Legislature webpages is a field to enter your “House number” and “Zip code” tap the search icon, then choose your address from the list to identify your district and who represents you.
Calls are more effective than emails and only take a few minutes. Below is a sample script, and there are additional talking points after the second action item. Use your own words when you call or email – a personal message is always more effective than a form message!
“Hi, my name is ____, and I am a constituent. I am calling to ask ____ to SUPPORT SB 2188.
I support this legislation because it requires parental consent for minors’ healthcare services.
This important bill would protect fundamental parental rights. I am particularly interested in ensuring that schools do not vaccinate students without parental consent and that they are required to inform parents of their rights to vaccine exemptions.
As recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court, vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry the risk of injury or death. It is irresponsible to allow children to make medical decisions that may injure or kill them without the knowledge of their parents.
Unlike other procedures that are allowed in various states without parental consent, such as contraception or mental health services, vaccines are not typically something a minor seeks out – but rather something that medical practitioners and schools seek to push onto them. The risk of pressuring a child into a medical procedure that they don’t actually want is all too real with vaccinations.
The U.S. Federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has awarded nearly $4.9 billion dollars to vaccine victims.
Minor children may not be aware of family medical histories and even their own history of vaccine reactions, which would be relevant to deciding if a particular vaccine’s risks outweigh the benefits.
I urge Senator_______ to support this bill.
TALKING POINTS for calls and emails:
- A child may not know their personal or family medical history, including vaccine reactions, allergies and autoimmune or neurological disorders, all of which contribute to the chances that they may have a serious reaction to a vaccine.
- Children do not have the same kind of critical thinking skills or emotional maturity to make a vaccine benefit-risk decision as adults. Additionally, children and adolescents are vulnerable to authority-figure persuasion.
- If a child consents to vaccination without their parent knowing and has a reaction, the parent may not recognize the reason for their child’s decline in health, and this lack of knowledge could be life-threatening for the child.
- Share a personal story if you have relevant experience. Do you have a vaccine-injured child, and you weren’t told about the risks before vaccinating or were pressured into vaccinating despite your concerns about the risks? Do you have family members with medical conditions that would be relevant to assessing the risks, and your child doesn’t know the details?
- Vaccine makers and the healthcare providers who administer them bear zero liability for vaccine injuries and deaths. The vaccine manufacturers reap all the profits from vaccines without having to pay for any of the injuries or harm.
- 6) Vaccines are medical procedures that carry a risk of serious injury. The U.S. The U.S. Government has paid out nearly $4.9 billion as of 11/1/2022 to the victims of vaccine injury, per VICP Data Reports. Hundreds of thousands have reported an adverse reaction to vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
VICP (Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) – https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccine-compensation/data
- By consenting to a vaccine, a child is also consenting to a shortened statute of limitations for any claim of injury under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) – presumably with little or no understanding of what that means. It is also much less likely that vaccine reactions will be recognized and connected to the vaccine by a child on their own; furthermore, it’s unlikely the child will file a report with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
- Vaccine manufacturers such as Pfizer, Merck, and GlaxoSmithKline have paid billions of dollars in criminal penalties and settlements for research fraud, faking drug safety studies, failing to report safety problems, bribery, kickbacks, and false advertising.  Pfizer paid $2.3 billion in 2009 alone to resolve criminal and civil allegations. 
View the text, status, and history of the bill here: https://www.ndlegis.gov/assembly/68-2023/regular/bill-index/bi2188.html
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