This year has proven to be a busy one regarding vaccine advocacy at the Weston A. Price Foundation. We work hard to bring you information about the many bills that continue to threaten vaccine exemptions for children and infringe upon the rights of health care workers. We also work to defeat bills that support vaccine registries, attempt to add additional vaccines to already crowded schedules, and give overreaching powers to health authorities. WAPF action alerts go out to members in states where legislation threatens personal rights.
In doing so, we depend on you to participate in grassroots responses to federal and state vaccine-related legislation. It is your activism that makes a difference and we want to say thank you to all of our chapter leaders and members, because your actions did wonders in several states in 2016.
Not one of the nine state bills proposing to restrict or eliminate vaccine exemptions succeeded last year and now due to pressure and education from concerned citizens, Rep. Karilyn Brown from Arkansas has announced she will withdraw her bill H.B 1043 that would have eliminated personal belief and religious exemptions as well as adding rotavirus vaccine to the schedule.
A major victory was won in Virginia as the public persuaded the Joint Health Care Commission (JCHC) to vote “take no action” regarding their recommendation on the removal of religious exemptions and restrictions on medical exemptions. Thanks to your efforts, almost seven hundred people submitted public comment to the JCHC requesting “take no action” and over five hundred citizens showed up at the August 3rd meeting wearing red to let the JCHC know their position.
While we can take comfort in knowing we defeated many of the more than one hundred bills introduced last year, we must continue our efforts to stop these horrendous violations of bodily autonomy and health freedom. Sadly, we’ve experienced some terrible losses, like religious and philosophical exemptions in California under SB277 signed by Governor Brown on June 30, 2015 and put into effect July 1, 2016.
We are also concerned about the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, which seriously compromises the integrity of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug and vaccine licensing process.
One thing is for sure, the fight is guaranteed to be extremely tough in 2017 and we must be ready. We are already seeing a number of bills introduced to eliminate or restrict vaccine exemptions. One state to watch is Texas with seven new bills: SB241, SB54, HB243, HB126, HB120, HB107 and HB97. These bills range from mandating counseling for conscientious belief and religious exemptions, to removing current consent protections regarding the vaccine registry, to requiring the health department to produce an annual report on HPV vaccine statistics for every Texas county, to eliminating parental consent for HPV vaccines.
Another important battle in 2017 will take place in California as Senator Pan is back at it again as the pharmaceutical industry’s puppet with a new bill that is an assault on parental rights. Presented in the name of protecting children, SB18, Pan’s “Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California” is a monolithic CDC-Big Pharma power grab that declares all children have the “right to appropriate, quality health care;” that is, the state decides what’s in the best interest of your child. We can be sure that will include being fully compliant with CDC regulations.
WAPF AT WORK
Protecting the right to informed consent is of utmost importance. We will continue to bring you Urgent Action Alerts and we encourage you to join us as we work together to make a difference both on a national and state level. Remember, vaccine exemption laws are state laws, so it’s important you fight for your state. Your phone calls, emails, letters, meetings with legislators, and physical appearances at important hearings make all the difference.
Together we can work to safeguard vaccine exemptions, prevent poor rules and regulations regarding vaccine policy, and continue to have a positive impact on protecting rights to make informed vaccine choices for our families and ourselves.
WAPF POLICY ON VACCINES
The Weston A. Price Foundation has received emails or letters from about one dozen individuals objecting to the strong stance we have taken against vaccines. We respectfully request that these individuals use the same lens through which they view mainstream nutritional advice, watch the films we recommend and read the research we present. Moreover, please understand that no vaccinated-versus-unvaccinated study has ever been conducted, that federal law recognizes that vaccines injure and kill, that a federal program has paid out over three billion dollars to vaccine victims, and that those who manufacture and administer vaccines bear zero liability for them. Vaccines injure and kill far more people than governments and health authorities openly admit, but no one can tell you in advance what kind of injury you or your child might suffer.
Your children are depending on you to make the right decisions for them and to do your research on any medical procedure before giving your consent. Of course you need to protect them from illness, but the best way to do this is with our dietary principles, and not with vaccines containing a host of harmful ingredients. Once these ingredients go into the bloodstream of your child, you cannot take them out.
We encourage you to watch The Greater Good as well as the new movie Vaxxed: From Cover Up to Catastrophe, which documents fraud and cover up at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the vaccine-autism link. Parents of vaccine-injured children—who will be taking care of these children throughout adulthood—will tell you that no vaccine is worth the risk.
BILLS TO WATCH IN 2017
Below are listed some of the bills we suggest you keep an eye on. We will be sending action alerts to WAPF members in the various states as needed:
• California: A.B 2150, H.B. 18
• Massachusetts: H.1917, S.317, H.1981, S.2074
• Michigan: S.B. 1039, S.B. 1040, S.B. 260, S.B. 259, S.B. 261, H.B. 5126, H.B. 5127, H. B. 5361, H.B. 5362, H. B. 5363, H.B. 5364, H. B. 5365, H.B. 5361
• Missouri: S.B. 117
• Montana: L.C. 488
• New Jersey: A169, A520, A4009, A3968/S2332, A2647, A2727, A1810, S.B. 801
• New York: A9055/S6794, S117A, S378A, A8633, A7046/S3900, S3899, A7016/S4733, S509A/A1822, S2712/A1528, S3898
• Rhode Island: H.B. 7899, S2292, S2295, H7476, H7475
• Virginia: H.B. 209
• Ohio: H.B. 564, H.B. 170
• Texas: S.B 241, S.B 54, H.B 243, H.B 126, H.B. 120, H.B. 107, H.B. 97
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2016.