The Battle Against Mandated Vaccinations Continues
The recent passage of SB 277 is cause for concern for many parents. There have been numerous disputes surrounding the potential side-effects of vaccines, ranging from claims that they can cause autism, to horrifying conspiracy theories that the U.S. government is knowingly and willingly poisoning the population.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states openly that any vaccine can cause side effects, though for the most part they are minor, such as a sore arm or a low grade fever. They also continue to remind people that vaccines are continually monitored for safety and are subject to rigorous testing, just like any medication.
On July 2016, it became law in California that all children in school must be up-to-date on all mandatory vaccines, or they are required to be home-schooled. Despite court challenges and public opposition from a number of groups regarding the health concerns of vaccines and the power of the government to force vaccinations upon children, the law has been enforced thus far.
SB 277: The Law Itself
SB 277 has a number of sections and regulations governing exactly how parents, children, and schools should behave. SB 277 eliminates the personal belief exemption from statute for government-mandated vaccinations, while still allowing for a medical exemption whereby immunization is deemed to be unsafe by a licensed physician. SB 277 does not require home-schooled children to receive vaccinations, nor does it disqualify them from any special educational materials available to vaccinated children. There was a similar law introduced in New Jersey, but the religious exemption is still in place there.
To comply in California, you must have state mandated vaccines for diphtheria, Hib, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, rubella, tetanus, Hep B, varicella and “any other disease deemed appropriate by the department.” This overreaching language written into the legislation gives the state of California the power to add additional vaccines they deem to be necessary at any time – a power that in the wrong hands could be heavily abused. The law was formulated in the aftermath of the Measles incident at Disneyland in 2015, in which 113 people caught the disease, under the guise of a public health crisis (due to the state experiencing record low levels of vaccination).
A Pan Flip And Special Interests
Californian Senator Richard Pan, the “mastermind” behind the bill, has come under a vast amount of criticism recently because of his ties to Big Pharma and his indecision over his stance on vaccines. In 2012, he went on record stating that a parent should have the right to choose whether to vaccinate their child, yet, after the Disney measles hysteria in 2015, he declared it a matter of “public health” and denied parents that right.
There is a lawsuit currently being filed against California State lawmakers who supported the SB 277 bill, because of ties to big pharma and vaccine manufacturers. The lobbying effort in support of the bill was funded almost exclusively by industry donors and pharmaceutical companies, the very people who stand to profit from the mass increase in vaccinations. There was no call from the public or government for mandatory vaccination laws before they became involved; the measles “crisis” simply gave them the opportunity to roll out the law.
Our Survey Says…
Any claims of a link between vaccinations and autism has been frequently shot down by many large scientific groups and publications. Scientific American suggested the correlation between the vaccination process and the development of Autism symptoms is simply because of developmental timing; autism symptoms usually arise around 18-24 months – the same time children have often had the majority of their vaccinations.
They also argued that scientific evidence found that measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination-related seizures actually occur less frequently than ones that occur as a direct result of the measles infection itself. Meaning, a parent has to weigh the options between the possible side effects of any vaccination with the risk of the disease they are vaccinating against.
A groundbreaking survey conducted by Frontiers in Public Health (that was later taken down without reason) compared vaccinated and unvaccinated children. The survey was an anonymous online questionnaires taken by 415 mothers of home-schooled children, ages 6-12. Nearly 40 percent of children had not been vaccinated, and those that had been were three times more likely to be diagnosed with neuro-developmental disorders like autism. The survey was criticized for its anonymity and unverifiable facts, though the results are shocking if taken at face value.
The law has also caused a great deal of concern to parents who don’t want to have their children immunized. Californian, mother of two, Sharon Brown is currently embroiled in a lawsuit in an attempt to overturn the law and give parents back their right to choose.
“It’s amazing. You see people fleeing war-torn countries to go someplace safer, and we’re going to have to flee California in search of an education,” she says. After researching vaccines herself, she decided that natural immunity was better for her children, so rather than move or homeschool her children, she has decided to remain and fight for her right to exercise that choice.
When speaking to an anonymous mother of two about her struggles in California, we found she had reached out to several doctors in a fruitless attempt to find one to grant her the exemption.
Judge Backs Up SB 277 Law
The law has been challenged unsuccessfully in the courts; it was struck down by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, who denied an injunction request on the SB 277 bill while the legal fight against the statute continued.
“Even outside the context of vaccination laws, the Supreme Court has reiterated the fundamental rights under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution do not overcome the State’s interest in protecting a child’s health,” Sabraw writes.
He also denied that the law is a violation of the universal right to education, citing the fact that children can be adequately homeschooled. Others believe denial of access to public schooling does seem to be an excessive use of force to coerce parents into giving vaccines, especially since homeschooling is simply not an option for many parents.
Vaccinations of children is something that has, in the past, helped prevent the spread of disease and benefited society. There have been numerous debilitating diseases virtually eradicated by vaccinations, such as smallpox, polio, and diphtheria. However, mandatory vaccinations are an unwanted challenge to a parent’s right to choose what is best for their children. SB 277 is a challenge to fundamental inalienable rights of freedom of speech and self-determination.
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