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CA SB277 Vaccine Bill: Your Family. Whose Choice?

Goodbye CASB277 Passes Out of the Senate

Reasonable Amendments Voted Down - Parents in Opposition Vow to Fight Even Harder in the Assembly

SACRAMENTO – Controversial bill SB277 cleared the Senate today with a 25-10 vote. Opponents were disappointed, but not surprised. Three senators offered amendments to address concerns with religious freedom, education about vaccine ingredients and access to education. Once again, refusing to discuss real issues, the Senate decided to hide behind procedure and table amendments with no further discussion.

"This legislation is so extreme, yet the Senate won't even consider discussing a reasonable religious exemption - something that 48 other states have. Will California actually join the ranks of Mississippi and West Virginia and deny religious freedom?" asked Jude Tovatt, member of the Canary Party.

Critics of this bill are deeply concerned that the Senate never addressed the obvious unconstitutionality of the legislation. The California Constitution guarantees children the right to a public education, and safeguards against discriminatory practices in public schools. Another issue never addressed in the Senate was the potential denial of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for special needs students that are guaranteed under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA.) Many special needs children utilize a personal belief exemption for a variety of good reasons.

However, parents opposed to SB277 are not giving up. They plan to fight this bill with great vigor in the Assembly.

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An Open Letter to States Considering Removing Vaccine Exemptions

Quick_factsBy Louis Conte

As parents fight bills circulating around state houses calling for the removal of exemptions to vaccines, it is important to remember that no one in state government is ultimately responsible for dealing with vaccine injuries. If a child is injured by a vaccine that law-makers like California Senator Richard Pan insists they must take, the only avenue of relief available is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). The very title of this federal program flies in the face of statements made by Pan who has claimed that the term ‘vaccine injury’ was invented by the anti-vaccine opposition.

States considering the removal of vaccine exemptions, take notice: Vaccine Injury is real. And your tax payers are footing the cost.

Vaccine injury is so real that a federal program has to deal with it. Congress passed The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986. The Act established the NVICP, the Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation (DVIC) and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), among other things. Congress created a no-fault compensation system to get pharmaceutical companies off the hook for vaccine injury claims and, hopefully, to create safer vaccines. They also sought to compensate those injured by vaccines because tort law describes vaccines as “unavoidably unsafe.”

Legislators like Pan assert that vaccines are completely safe and effective. If this were so, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act would not have been necessary. Asserting that vaccines never cause injuries actually undermines the protections that the federal government has granted vaccine manufacturers. Perhaps it is time for Congress to rescind the 1986 Act and let the industry prove that vaccines are completely safe in a civil court setting where litigants would have discovery, where Pharma would have to produce documents and where people like Paul Offit might have to take the stand and explain their conflicts of interests to a jury.

But giving families the right to sue vaccine manufacturers is not the deal being offered to parents. What’s offered is the removal of the fundamental right to look after the interests of their children.

States know that the National vaccine Injury Compensation Program is the only option that families of the vaccine injured have. When a person is compensated, states often seek to recover the money they have spent on the vaccine injured by placing a Medicaid lien on the case. This is often a significant amount of money, as in this case :

“A lump sum of $450,400.89, representing compensation for satisfaction of the State of Florida Medicaid lien, in the form of a check payable jointly to Petitioners and Agency for Health Care Administration Florida TPL Recovery Unit

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Why Did Florida Representative Frederica Wilson Introduce a Federal Vaccination Mandate Bill?

Fredericka WilsonFrom Autism Action NetworkFlorida Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-24) has introduced a bill, House Resolution H.R. 2232, that will require all states to mandate all students enrolled in public schools receive all the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Policy, a federal body compromised of vaccine-industry representatives, which includes vaccines for HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Paul Offit’s rota virus vaccine, annual flu shots, and dozens of others. States that do not comply will not be eligible for grants for “preventive health services” under the Public Health Services Act.

Given Representative Wilson's  bio (see below), I hope that she will listen to her constituents whose children are also "voiceless."  She has a record of fighting against the health issues of toxic chemicals.  That's good. Is she aware of the  CDC Whistleblower information that  data was altered regarding African American toddlers, MMR and and autism?

Thompson MMR Autism African American Toddlers Data Changed

Congresswoman Wilson is a voice for the voiceless. As an elementary school principal, she stood up for the health of her students by opposing the construction of an environmentally dangerous waste facility being built across the street from her school. She won the fight, forcing the Miami-Dade County Commission to close the plant. As a community leader, she stood up for the fair treatment of locally incarcerated female Haitian refugees who faced poor living conditions. In 1984, long before she knew her political destiny, Congresswoman Wilson successfully lobbied the U.S. Congress for their release. As a legislator, she has passionately advocated for education and economic policies that give all children and adults the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Representative Fredericka Wilson and Pharma ties

Her staffer Ms. Keenan Austin might also be interested, given her background in the pharmaceutical industry. Which brings us back to our headline:  Why Did Florida Representative Fredericka Wilson Introduce a Federal Vaccination Mandate Bill?

Action Alert: FEDERAL Vaccine Mandate In Play

Uncle Sam VaccinationFrom Autism Action Network.  We will point out that one of Representative Wilson's staffers comes from GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company. The state mandates lead inextricably to a national push to force vaccination. on citizens.

New House bill creates federal vaccine mandate  
All federally-recommended shots required, no parental exemptions  
Florida Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-24) has introduced a bill, House Resolution H.R. 2232, that will require all states to mandate all students enrolled in public schools receive all the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Policy, a federal body compromised of vaccine-industry representatives, which includes vaccines for HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Paul Offit’s rota virus vaccine, annual flu shots, and dozens of others. States that do not comply will not be eligible for grants for “preventive health services” under the Public Health Services Act.
Please click on this Take Action link to send a message to your member of the House expressing you opposition to this bill.

And please call Rep. Wilson’s office in Washington, DC, and let them know politely why this bill is a bad idea: Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, 202-225-4506

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Recap of Senate Floor Session re. SB277 Thursday in California


By Laura Hayes

To view the floor session Thursday, click CalChannel here, then click on “Senate Floor Session” on the chart of options.  SB277 begins at the 39:05 mark.

Senator Pan kicked things off by immediately turning the floor over to his sidekick, Senator Allen (apparently, Pan is becoming more acutely aware of his inability to speak publicly, as he mostly mumbles and bumbles when at the mic, speaking mostly in the language of “gibberish and lies”).

Sen Allen said this bill is “so that no one will have to suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases.”  Per his usual, no mention of the multitudes suffering from vaccine-induced injuries, chronic illnesses, and permanent disabilities…and no mention of the families grieving the loss of a child as a result of vaccines.

He talked about hundreds dying daily of measles in other parts of the world, and neglected to mention that we are not dying of measles here in the U.S., thanks to clean water, better nutrition, more hygienic living conditions, more knowledge about how to treat diseases, and greater access to medical care

When reviewing the vaccine profiteers supporting SB277, he couldn’t resist stating that “we have the support of just about every Editorial Board in the state.”  Geez, I wonder why, Ben?  Could it be that these Editorial Boards are financially dependent on the support of Big Pharma in a Big Way that they don’t want to lose?

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Vaccination Mandate Legislation: The One Where We Find Out Who We Really Are

Rubber meets the roadBy Ginger Taylor

Things have changed over the last few months.  The attack on parents who are calling out the corruption in the vaccine program, and on those refusing to ignore their intellect and their conscience when making vaccine decisions, has become shrill and is now in the process of becoming codified into law. 

The Public Private Partnership of Public Health and Pharmaceutical Corporations are now trying to bar children from school (and in some cases adults from their places of employment) if they do not agree to inject a cadre of vaccines that are classified by law as “unavoidably unsafe.”  And this is being done in the absence of any serious threat to public health. 

The measures have already failed in Oregon, Washington, Maryland, North Carolina, New Mexico, Illinois and Texas, but are still under consideration in California, Vermont and Maine.  In California and Vermont, legislators and lobbyists have taken to using some dirty tricks to ram these bills through the legislatures despite the outcry of very angry parents and disability rights activists.  In Vermont, parents were barred from even testifying on a bill that would throw children out of both public and private school (even special needs children) who are so much as missing one Hepatitis B vaccine.  Some Vermont Senators actually took the position on the floor of the Senate that their state didn't have an obligation to educate these children (or allow them enter a private school), and those families who wanted their children educated would have to sue the state.

It has presented a fork in the road to many who have not had to make a hard choice in this issue so far.

Over the last few months, in conversations with those new to the fight to prevent vaccine injury and get proper care for those who have been hurt, and those in positions to speak with authority on vaccine choice and vaccine safety, there has been a running question. 

“What will happen to me if I speak out?”

They are afraid of repercussions.  They see what happens to the social lives, public perceptions and careers of those who have spoken boldly on vaccine corruption and stood up for vaccine choice, and they are afraid.  They don't want to get Wakefielded. 

And who can blame them.  Because the answer to that question can range from, “Nothing bad will happen to you, and you will start to hear many thanks from people for speaking out on their behalf,” to, “The mainstream media will call you an anti-vaccine nut job, your relatives will disown you, your boss will fire you and you will loose your house.”

For random parents, it is usually closer to the former, but for professionals with a large platform to speak from and an audience to influence, it can be closer to the later.

But in thinking about how to answer people, a few things have occurred to me.

Our generation has sat in a comfortable place in history, and often judged quite harshly those who didn't stand up for the injured and oppressed minorities of only a generation or two ago.

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Legal Scholar Mary Holland: Letter to CA Senators Re Vaccination Bill SB277


Senators on the Judiciary Committee
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room 2032
Sacramento, CA 95814

                                                                                                            May 12, 2015

Dear Senators:

Thank you for having given me the opportunity to address the California Senate Judiciary Committee on April 28, 2015 regarding Senate Bill 277 to restrict childhood vaccination exemptions to medical ones alone.  I promised to revert to you regarding California law on informed consent; I do so now, and seek to clarify my comments regarding enforcement, should SB 277 become law.

California law fully embraces the doctrine of informed consent to medical decision-making. The California Supreme Court has upheld the doctrine of informed consent and the right to refuse nonconsensual invasions of bodily integrity in Thor v. Superior Court, 5 Cal. 4th 725 (1993). There, the unanimous Court reviewed the federal common law and California precedents on bodily integrity and self-determination, noting, “we respect human dignity by granting individuals the freedom to make choices in accordance with their own values.” Id. at 737.  Thor regards the right of a prisoner to refuse life-sustaining treatment.  The Court notes that there are countervailing considerations in determining the scope of autonomy, including protecting innocent third parties. Id. at 738.  In that case, however, the Court found no compelling countervailing reasons and required that the prison respect the inmate’s desire to refuse medical treatment.  Many courts have cited the case with approval since. 

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Maine Lawmakers Hear Impassioned Arguments on Vaccination Opt-outs

Elias Portland Press Herald Carl D. Walsh
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Note: Our gratitude to Harry and Gina Tembenis, who traveled from Massachusetts to Maine to speak out on behalf of pediatric safety. Their son Elias is shown in the photo. He did not survive his vaccine injury. 

AUGUSTA — A standing-room-only crowd gave impassioned testimony to the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on Monday, arguing for and against restrictions that would make it harder to opt out of childhood vaccinations.

Maine has one of the highest voluntary opt-out rates in the nation, and public health experts have warned that the levels of unvaccinated children could result in the return of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, pertussis, polio and mumps. The issue has attracted national attention since this winter’s measles outbreak at Disneyland in California.

Two bills before the committee would target the philosophic exemption, which is used by more than 90 percent of parents who choose to not vaccinate their children. Vaccines are a requirement for entering school, but Maine has one of the more lenient laws in the country for opting out, based on how easy it is for parents to forgo immunizations, public health experts say. In Maine, parents can simply sign a form opting out on religious or philosophic grounds.

One bill, sponsored by Rep. Linda Sanborn, D-Gorham, a retired family physician, would require a consultation and a signed note from a medical professional before parents could use the philosophic exemption to forgo vaccines for their children entering kindergarten. A second bill, from Rep. Ralph Tucker, D-Brunswick, would eliminate the philosophic exemption. The religious exemption would remain unchanged under both bills.


Shannon Gervais of Buxton said her elementary-age son suffers from a compromised immune system. A host of medical problems starting when he was a baby has weakened his lungs, she said, making him susceptible to infectious diseases. Gervais urged lawmakers to make it more difficult for parents to opt out of vaccines.

“Whooping cough to some people could be an annoyance, but it could kill my child. I truly rely on other families making sure their children are vaccinated in order to protect my son and our family from a terrible tragedy,” Gervais said.

Maine has reported a surge in pertussis cases in recent years, and experts partly attribute the increase to more unvaccinated children, but it is also caused by the effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine waning over time.

At the hearing, pro- and anti-vaccination groups wore dueling stickers. The ones worn by anti-vaccine advocates carried the message: “Where there is risk, there must be a choice.” People who support vaccines displayed stickers saying: “I support healthy kids, healthy families, healthy communities.”

Public health advocates say vaccinations are more than just a personal choice, because of the effects on the community. Greater percentages of unvaccinated people can weaken “herd immunity” and spread diseases not only to other unvaccinated people, but also to those too young to be vaccinated and those who have weakened immune systems from other illnesses.


Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the late U.S. attorney general and presidential candidate, was a guest of anti-vaccine organizers. (Read more here.)

Two Mexican Infants Die 29 Hospitalized With Vaccine Adverse Reaction

Mexico vaccinesBelow is a story that is a somber reminder of why we fight for vaccination choice.  Vaccines carry serious risks.  Regardless of the reason for this medical tragedy - if we ever know, was it tainted product, a deadly combination or something else, we believe parents should have the right to say no to a vaccine for their child.  And that pharmaceutical companies should bear liability.

From CNN, although many media outlets are reporting the story.  Our condolences to the families whose kids were injured or died.

(CNN)  Mexican health officials are investigating after two babies died and 29 children were hospitalized from suspected adverse reactions to shots from the country's national vaccination program.

Six of the children hospitalized in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas remain in serious condition, the Mexican Social Security Institute said on Sunday.

The parents of the two infants who died were so outraged at the government that they refused to let authorities perform autopsies, CNNMexico reported.

The illnesses were reported after 52 children from the rural mining community of La Pimienta were given vaccines Friday for tuberculosis, rotavirus and Hepatitis B, the institute said. Later that night, 31 of the children "presented adverse reactions presumably associated with the application of these vaccines," officials said. Two of the children later died.

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Don't Call Me an Anti-Vaxxer!

Hello my name isBy Dara Berger

I would never refer to myself as an anti-vaxxer.  However, this is how anybody who questions the current vaccine schedule or vaccinations in general is labeled by our "hide the truth" mainstream media.

So who are we?  How did we become an anti-vaxxer?

I think Robert F. Kennedy Jr put it best recently when he explained that most people who are against mandatory vaccinations are those that have a vaccine injured child.  I think this is true for the majority of us.  But then there are also some very holistically minded individuals who don't rely on pharmacology as part of their health regimen or way of life.  I think of myself as both these types of people.

I think it's easy for people to call us crazy, especially if they have never walked a day in our shoes.  I wish to God that I could go back to being that blissfully ignorant gluten and dairy eating person that I was 10 years ago.  But I can't.  Autism and vaccine injury changes who you are at the core.  It changes you forever.  It even changes some people more than others.  

Now I am going to give you a comparison model of what it's like to experience something terrible and not have people believe you, since this is at the essence of being called an anti-vaxxer.  We'll take it away from vaccine's, so that we can see clearly past the smoke that usually comes out of people's ears and mouths when talking about vaccine injury.

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Natural News on The Dearth of Honest Vaccine Reporters

Natural newsManaging Editor's Note:  Our own Anne Dachel is featured in this article. As always, profound gratitude to Robert Kennedy for his stalwart dedication.

(NaturalNews) Noted vaccine choice advocate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., gave a speech recently at the New Jersey state capitol in Trenton in which he focused primarily on the corruption, collusion and malfeasance regarding vaccine safety at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As noted by Anne Dachel of Age of Autism, a news website covering the spread of the disability, RFK also discussed the media's role in covering up the scandalous link between some vaccines and the occurrence of autism, which is routinely portrayed in the press as "old science" or a link that has been "soundly disproven."

But, as she reported in a story regarding RFK's discussion, the reaction of the assembled press was both predictable and depressing:

He focused on the corruption, collusion and malfeasance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was a scathing report about the ethics of the agency in charge of vaccine safety.

The second half of his 45 minute talk was a chance for reporters to question Kennedy about his claims. Incredibly, during the question and answer session not a single reporter asked about the scandalous charges Kennedy made about top U.S. health officials. Most of them asked about exemptions and herd immunity. It was like they weren't even in the room.

Only a handful of truthful, honest vaccine reporters

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“No Lie Can Live Forever”

Lie livesBy Dr. William H. Gaunt

“We have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.” Isaiah 28: 15

Martin Luther King Jr said “No lie can live forever” in his “How Long? Not Long speech.”  He was referring to the lies used to justify racial discrimination and segregation.  Some of us can remember those lies.  They are too ugly to repeat here.  We can also use “No lie can live forever” to examine the lies being used to justify the current dangerous and excessive vaccine schedule. 

If some readers believe that some of the statements I call lies are actually true then I would suggest that they have been fooled.  Mark Twain once said, “It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”  There are a host of lies we could mention but we will focus here on the most important and obvious lies:

 Lie #1: “Vaccines don't cause autism.”  This is the biggest lie and it is repeated so often by so many “experts” that people who don't know better think that it must be true.  Here is what actually happened that caused the epidemic of autism: many vaccines were added to the vaccine schedule starting in the late 1980s.  Many of these vaccines contained the preservative thimerosal which is 50% ethyl mercury.  The rate of autism took off as more and more mercury was injected into children.  This is not difficult to understand.  It is a plausible explanation for the tsunami of autism starting around 1990.  I can't blame people who think that it just can't be true because we all hear repeatedly on mainstream media that several scientific studies have “debunked” the vaccine-autism connection.  There are hundreds of studies that provide clear evidence for connecting vaccines to autism but you won't hear about those studies on mainstream media because they don't support this lie.  The truth is that the scientific studies that claim to disprove the vaccine-autism link are fraudulent. They are deliberately designed and manipulated to lie about the causes of autism.  I acknowledge that this will be difficult for many people to believe.  I'll do another article with more detail on some of these fraudulent scientific studies but for now I'll just say that an objective analysis of all available science clearly shows strong evidence that vaccines do indeed cause autism.  Vaccine Court has awarded billions(yes, billions) of dollars in compensation to children with vaccine injuries even though that court is steeply tilted against vaccine injured children and their parents.  The court denies that they have ever compensated for autism.   What they do compensate for is encephalopathy(brain damage) and many of those children have autism.  How much longer can this lie survive?  The vaccine industry is very powerful and keeping this lie going is a very high priority but no lie can live forever.

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Sharyl Attkisson: Join the 2015 Whistleblower Summit

SharylExcerpted from Sharyl Attkisson's site:

There may be no greater expression of bravery in America today.

Whether it’s a federal worker with a conscience trying to expose government waste, fraud or abuse…. or a corporate employee witnessing public wrongs, becoming a “whistleblower” has never been more difficult.

Those who step forward usually lose their careers and have their personal lives thrown into turmoil. They find themselves not only attacked by those on whom they blow the whistle–but also, increasingly, by the news media, propaganda blogs and the astroturf crowd. They often question, target and bully whistleblowers with a vigor not applied to those accused of great wrongs.

Join a group of whistleblowers that comes together each year in Washington D.C. to support each other and acknowledge people who dared to speak up.

The ACORN 8 ( and Drum Majors For Truth (DM4T) will co-host this year’s Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights. Whistleblowers and their advocates, as well as the entire civil rights community and interested citizens are invited to participate.

The focus of this year’s three-day summit will be Whistleblowers and Judical Reform with a different highlight each day: Whistleblower Appreciation, Civil Rights and Human Rights.

Read more at:

Join the 2015 Whistleblower Summit

Vermonters: Stop Mandatory Vaccination ACT NOW



If you support choice, and oppose mandatory vaccination

CALL your Representatives and the Speaker of the House NOW


802-828-2228 (REPS) - - - 802-828-2245 (SPEAKER)


In a voice vote this week, the House delayed consideration of H98 until Wednesday, May 6th

This bill now contains an amendment to repeal the philosophical vaccine exemption that was passed by the Senate.

  • Friday, May 1st and this weekend:
  1. Call 802-828-2228 and leave a message for your Representatives. Follow up with an email. Find your Reps' contact information here.

  2. Call 802-828-2245 and leave a message for Shap Smith. Follow up with an email

More detail: 

The 4/22 hearing in the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare, was a pretense at democracy—each side was given just an hour and parents were not allowed to speak.  The Senate concluded in an 18-11 vote that they could decide to deny 3,479 children the right to an education if they are not vaccinated to the "schedule."  

The debate about compulsory vaccination is fundamentally one of individual control over one's own body versus perceptions of public safety.  "When personal liberty is restricted to protect public health, the measures applied must be effective, the least restrictive (i.e. least liberty-infringing), proportional to the risk, equitable and non-discriminatory, minimally burdensome and in line with due process. Those whose liberty is violated should, when appropriate, be compensated, particularly if they experience vaccine-associated side-effects. In addition, individual rights should be restricted only with utmost respect for the dignity of persons."

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Skyhorse Publishing: The Autism Job Club The Neurodiverse Workforce in the New Normal of Employment

We've talked about April needing ACTION, not just awareness for autism. This new book will help with an area of critical need - employment.  Thank you to Skyhorse Publishing for addressing all areas of the autism epidemic. 

Autism Job Club

April is Autism Awareness Month

Individuals with Autism and Their Families will be eager for new and useful information for their future

The Autism Job Club: The Neurodiverse Workforce in the New Normal of Employment

The Autism Job Club is a groundbreaking book for bringing adults with autism and other neurodiverse conditions into the work world.

"In this book, Michael Bernick and Richard Holden shed light on an important issue and
offer valuable strategies to improve employment for adults with autism in the
modern workforce. On a broader level, the book speaks to all audiences about the
difficult task of finding a role in the increasingly competitive job world." 
--Senator Dianne Feinstein

"The Autism Job Club takes a frank look at the trends that are reshaping the nature of work, and 
rightly points out that neurodiverse individuals have an important role to play as we transition 
to this new world. The book recognizes and celebrates the value of gainful employment for all 
individuals, that each of us has a unique contribution to make."
--Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California

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Science Versus Science

Science post imageBy Dr. William H. Gaunt

Some of the scientific studies on vaccines show strong links to serious vaccine injuries.  Other scientific studies on vaccines show no links to vaccine injuries.  What is going on?  Both sides of this issue quote their studies and the public is understandably confused.  How can scientific studies on the same subject have opposite findings and conclusions?  I think I know the answer and it isn't pretty.  The major factor is who paid for the study or where the livelihood of the scientists comes from.  If we look at the studies which show no problems with vaccines, they are nearly always funded by the CDC and/or the vaccine companies or the livelihood of the scientists is tied to the vaccine industry.  If we look at the studies that show major problems with vaccines, they are almost always done by independent scientists who are not financially dependent on the CDC or vaccine companies.  We could cling to the naive belief that all science is a search for truth and corruption is rare but that doesn't seem to be the case when it comes to science and vaccines.

Which side has the most money to throw around?  It isn't close.  The vaccine companies have enormous amounts of money to exert their influence and the independent scientists have minimal financial support.  Which side of the story gets the most play in all forms of mainstream media?  That isn't close either.  With billions of dollars on the line, golden rule # 2 applies: the side with the most gold makes the rules.  Don't expect equal treatment for both sides of this issue.  Most people assume that the truth is what they see or hear in mainstream media and they don't have any idea of the power and influence that is exerted on media by wealthy corporations.  It is not fair at all but that is the way it is.  People can't expect the truth on this issue to just fall into their laps.  They must actively search for the truth and only a small percentage of people can and will do that. Those who have vaccine injured children have had the sad truth thrust upon them.  Their voices are suppressed and drowned out by those who benefit from maintaining vaccine policy as it is and continually adding more vaccines to the schedule.  The vaccine industry solution is to pass laws that force everyone to get every vaccine.  What a great business model for the vaccine companies: everyone must buy your products and you have no liability(since 1986) for injuries or deaths caused by your products.

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Poll Shows 72% of Californians Think Parents and Doctors—Not Politicians Should Make Decisions About Vaccinating Children

Your_rightsSACRAMENTO, CA—Survey USA released new poll results today showing Canary logo 4 22 the majority of California residents believe parents and doctors, and not bureaucrats at the State Capitol, should make vaccination choices. SB277 (Pan/Allen) eliminates the Personal Belief Exemption for vaccination, and would deny a child the right of a classroom education if their parents chose to exempt them from one, some or any of California's state-mandated vaccines.  

Opposition to this bill has reached record numbers.  More than 1000 concerned California parents have shown up to express their opposition during recent Health and Education Committees hearings, many making trips multiple times from all over the state. 

“Bills like SB277 are dying all over the country because this is America and we value freedom. In recent weeks, Oregon, Washington, Maryland, North Carolina, New Mexico, Illinois and Texas realized their proposed bills like SB277 were far too draconian to impose on their citizens. Those bills died. Is California going to join ranks with only Mississippi and West Virginia and be the third state that does not value parental choice,” asked Jude Tovatt of the California Coalition for Health Choice.

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Who Killed Journalism?

JournalismBy Dara Berger

I recently read an article on Facebook where Paul Offit said that Aluminum is actually good for you.  This outlandish comment immediately triggered a memory from the movie "A Civil Action" when the families in Auborn, MA were convinced by the evil Energy company that  hexavalent chromium was actually good for them.  This was told to them,  even though it is extremely toxic and a known carcinogen.  My next thought was how could anyone actually print his statement without calling it into question.  We know high levels of aluminum have always been linked with Alzheimer's as far back as when I first heard about the disease.  This was the Eureka moment that I realized that the runaway media train is never coming back.

Each day I read the papers and say to myself that I am not going to read them again.  The ones I am referring to are the Mainstream papers  such as the New York Times, Huff Post and Daily News.  I just cannot stand what has happened to Journalism today.  Stories are either blacked out by the big paying Medical Mafia or Monsanto Mafia.  Oh and let's not forget the current "bury what they don't like" administration.  Well I for one am sick of it!  They tell stories that are built on a hill of lies and don't even have the integrity to question the lies, since their salaries are paid by the liars.  It is now actually common place for reporters to tell just ONE side of a story, so they can report what their sponsors want and not be challenged by the other side.  This goes against every journalistic principle that I had learned when studying journalism classes at NYU.  I can't tell you how many times it was impressed upon me that you have to first tell a FAIR and BALANCED story.  This means to tell both sides of the story and leave your own opinions at home.  I feel that hardly anybody does this anymore.  So now I wonder if they are currently teaching students in Journalism school to tell the story that you are being paid to tell.  

When did real Journalism die?  

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Thank You Bill Maher for Tipping Over Sacred Cow of Vaccination

Bill_maherThank to Bill Maher. He had Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on to discuss the mercury vaccine documentary Trace Amounts on Friday night.  We owe him a debt of gratitude for sharing the secrets that pharma, the AAP, the media, the CDC and the highest levels of US government officials do not want the American public to know.

Submit Your Questions to Real Time With Bill Maher Tonight Featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr

RFK headshotRobert F. Kennedy Jr. is appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO tonight.  "Bill and his roundtable guests – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Christopher Caldwell, Ana Marie Cox, Liz Mair and Eddie Huang – will answer viewer questions after Friday's show." 

I'm sure Mr. Kennedy will be talking about the ad featuring the documentary Trace Amounts USA Today - see below.

Submit your questions. Selected questions will be answered on the Real Time YouTube channel immediately following the premiere. Please be aware that concise (50 words or less) single-topic questions have the best chance of being selected, so the shorter and more specific you can be, the better.

Tune into or DVR Real Time with Bill Maher tonight at 10:00pm EDT on HBO.

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"First They Came for the Anti-Vaxxers" by Bretigne Schaffer

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By Bretigne Schaffer

Earlier this year I spent a few days at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with my daughter who was having an EEG done. On our way home, I learned that there had been an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria while we were there, that it had infected seven people and killed two of them. My daughter and I were fine – the infection having been limited to people using a particular kind of duodenoscope.

When the story hit the news, I fully expected nationwide outcry similar to that inspired by the recent measles “epidemic” that began at Disneyland. That outbreak killed no-one, yet set the country on fire with calls for mandatory vaccination and even prison sentences for parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. Drug-resistant “superbugs” kill nearly 15,000 people a year in the US and a recent report predicts that they could kill as many as 300 million people by 2050. Surely this far more deadly health threat would lead to similar widespread outrage and calls for those even remotely responsible to be held accountable.

I expected to see editorials calling for anyone who engaged in the overuse of antibiotics to be shunned by society; doctors who prescribed them unnecessarily (around 50% of all prescriptions by some estimates) to be censured and perhaps lose their licenses; parents who asked for antibiotics every time their child had an ear infection – despite the fact that the vast majority are not bacterial and are unaffected by antibiotics – to be thrown in jail for endangering the rest of us. But I saw nothing along these lines. Why not?

The manipulation of the conversation around vaccines in the mainstream media has been nothing short of a tour de force. If you read only mainstream publications, you might come away with the impression that outbreaks of measles are the most serious public health crisis since the Black Death. You might think that those who do not vaccinate are uneducated, superstitious, “anti-science” zealots who get their information from daytime talk shows. You might even start to feel outrage at these people who – for no good reason at all – have decided to endanger everyone else by refusing to do what every doctor knows is perfectly safe, effective and the socially responsible thing to do.

The presentation of this issue has been a study in just how easy it can be to generate mass hysteria around a particular threat – even while much more serious threats inspire no such response. It’s as if every mainstream reporter has been given the same playbook to use in putting together their articles about vaccines – a playbook designed to elicit the above response from the public. I’ve tried to imagine what this playbook must look like and I think I’ve come up with a pretty decent facsimile. Here it is, along with my own annotations:

1. Make it clear that parents who choose not to vaccinate their children are only getting their information from Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carey and other celebrities with absolutely no scientific credentials.

Read the full post here.

SB 277 Passes Education Committee - The Battle for California - Part 3

Richard PanBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq. Breaking news

SB277 passes Education Committee 7-2:

"Your politicians are a lot more dishonest than our politicians," a friend from Oregon told me the other night, comparing the fight against vaccine mandates in his state to California.  "But then again, we pay our politicians forty thousand dollars a year and they work only six months.  Yours can make a living at it."  Yes, and somebody has to pay for all those ads in the upcoming election cycle.

So how corrupt are the politicians in California, you might ask?  They are so corrupt that when about 750 of their fellow citizens showed up to testify against SB 277, and only about 50 showed up to testify in favor, they decided they couldn't hold the vote that day.  They had concerns that the bill would expel children from California schools (a right guaranteed under the state constitution) and didn't this seem oh so much like segregation and those racial laws in Nazi Germany which led to "you know what?"

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Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon Stacks Deck in favor of Controversial Vaccination Bill - SB277

Health Choice CalifotniaIn a rare act of outright rigging the results of a vote on SB 277, President Pro Tem, Kevin de Leon, reconfigured the Senate Education Committee to stack deck in favor of passing  SB277.

De Leon filled a position on the committee which has been vacant for months with Senator Bill Monning, who already voted for the bill in Health committee.  Adding one vote in favor of the bill wasn’t enough.  He also removed the Vice Chair of the committee, Senator Huff, an ardent opponent of the bill, and replaced him with Senator Runner.  It is unknown what her position is on the bill.  Neither of the newly appointed senators heard any of the nearly three hour hearing on this measure last week.

“That bill should have died in committee last Wednesday.  Instead of taking a vote and letting it die, the bill gets postponed for a week so the author can work on amendments.  It's currently scheduled as a “vote only item” Wednesday.  That means no one in opposition will get to testify on whatever amendments the author proposes. How is that good government," asked Sylvia Pimentel, State Director of the Canary Party, and member of the California Coalition for Health Choice (CCHC).

“This is yet another example of the lack of transparency and accountability in government.  It should not be allowed,” said Pimentel. 

CCHC is a grassroots umbrella organization that advocates for the preservation of parental rights regarding medical decisions for their children.  CCHC represents thousands of parents, healthcare professionals and concerned citizens who oppose SB277.

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On Wednesday Keep One Eye On California and One Eye On Vermont

Center: Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chair, Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison.  A short debate on the Vermont Senate floor ensued over the amendment, which the parents seemed to be winning, so a recess was called, followed by mayhem and dirty politics to push the bill back into committee and to take up two hours of testimony, which will largely be led by the AAP.

By Ginger Taylor

Last Wednesday, April 15th, all eyes concerned with vaccine choice rights were on the hearings in the California Legislature as they heard debate on a bill to remove the philosophical vaccine exemption in that state. The parents opposing the bill were winning the debate, and because the vote would have likely resulted in the death of the bill, the chair pushed the vote back one week to this coming Wednesday, so that the bill's sponsors would have more time to convince the committee members to vote for the bill.

In stark contrast, last Wednesday, April 15th few eyes concerned with vaccine choice rights were on the hearings in the Vermont Legislature as they heard debate on a bill to remove the philosophical vaccine exemption in that state. The parents opposing the bill were winning the debate, and because the vote would have likely resulted in the death of the bill, the chair pushed the vote back one week to this coming Wednesday, so that the bill's sponsors would have more time to convince the committee members to vote for the bill.

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If the Auto Industry Were Run Like Vaccines

Pinto deathsBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

In this epic fight for the future of the human race I find nothing so refreshing as a little sarcasm.  Please enjoy this video sent to me by a dear reader.  It was produced by Mike Adams, known to many of you as "The Health Ranger" at Natural News.

I can't claim to know much about Mr. Adams, but if this is representative of his other work, I think I've found my new best friend.  (Used with permission.)

Kent Book PlagueKent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and author of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases.  Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can order the book HERE.

An Open Letter to Legislators Currently Considering Vaccine Legislation from Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD in Immunology


Thank you to Thinking Moms' Revolution for reprint permission.


Dear Legislator:

My name is Tetyana Obukhanych.  I hold a PhD in Immunology.  I am writing this letter in the hope that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings.

Do unvaccinated children pose a higher threat to the public than the vaccinated?

It is often stated that those who choose not to vaccinate their children for reasons of conscience endanger the rest of the public, and this is the rationale behind most of the legislation to end vaccine exemptions currently being considered by federal and state legislators country-wide.  You should be aware that the nature of protection afforded by many modern vaccines – and that includes most of the vaccines recommended by the CDC for children – is not consistent with such a statement.  I have outlined below the recommended vaccines that cannot prevent transmission of disease either because they are not designed to prevent the transmission of infection (rather, they are intended to prevent disease symptoms), or because they are for non-communicable diseases.  People who have not received the vaccines mentioned below pose no higher threat to the general public than those who have, implying that discrimination against non-immunized children in a
public school setting may not be warranted.

Richard Pan

State Senator Richard Pan of California, sponsor of vaccine legislation

IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine) cannot prevent transmission of poliovirus (see appendix for the scientific study, Item #1). Wild poliovirus has been non-existent in the USA for at least two decades. Even if wild poliovirus were to be re-imported by travel, vaccinating for polio with IPV cannot affect the safety of public spaces.  Please note that wild poliovirus eradication is attributed to the use of a different vaccine, OPV or oral poliovirus vaccine.  Despite being capable of preventing wild poliovirus transmission, use of OPV was phased out long ago in the USA and replaced with IPV due to safety concerns.

  1. Tetanus is not a contagious disease, but rather acquired from deep-puncture wounds contaminated with C. tetani spores. Vaccinating for tetanus (via the DTaP combination vaccine) cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is intended to render personal protection only.

  2. While intended to prevent the disease-causing effects of the diphtheria toxin, the diphtheria toxoid vaccine (also contained in the DTaP vaccine) is not designed to prevent colonization and transmission of C. diphtheriae. Vaccinating for diphtheria cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is likewise intended for personal protection only.

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David Foster Accuses Senator Liu Over SB277

LiuCalifornia citizen and AoA correspondent David Foster has written an open letter to Senator Liu and the California Education Committee highlighting underhand tactics and hidden dealings at Wednesday's meeting.

Senator Liu,

We know what you did at the SB277 Education Committee hearing April 16 2015

California Senate Education Committee Members -

It has come to our attention that something profoundly rotten happened this week at the Senate Education Committee hearing on SB277.

We watched with great surprise as the first four Senators asked very pointed questions about SB277 that Dr. Pan did not have any answers to. One Senator even referred to SB277 as "draconian". Then the Chair of the Committee, Senator Liu, asked questions and made comments which gave the impression that she was also not a fan of the bill.

What happened next was something all of you might consider to be politics as usual, but to us constituents this is one of the most deceitful things I have ever seen from a political body...I am 51 years old so believe me that is saying a lot.

Sen. Liu informed Dr. Pan that his bill was not going to make it past the committee, and she suggested that he collect answers to questions posed by the committee so they could hold a closed-session vote the following week. Dr. Pan agreed.

What we all are extremely concerned about is the marked discrepancy between the opinions expressed by the Senators at the hearing -- especially those from Sen. Liu -- and the results of an early poll on SB277 taken on April 14 (two days before the hearing). Surprise surprise, Dr. Liu is apparently in support of the bill, so it is no wonder that she saved it. In the entire Committee there were 3 Yes, 1 leaning Yes, 3 Undecided, and 1 declined to answer.

    Early Poll of Senate Education Committee Members on SB277, April 14 2015

Now we know what really happened on April 16.

Even though the Committee clearly did not have the numbers to pass SB277, Sen. Liu gave the pretense of having concerns about the Bill, but then gave it a Get Out of Jail card and gave Dr. Pan one week to answer the Committee's questions. The obvious intent here was twofold: (1) delay the vote for one week to accommodate upcoming planned changes to the Committee's Senator, who was only on the committee temporarily, would be replaced, and a vacancy was to be filled, thus assuring that those in Favor had sufficient numbers to pass the Bill; and (2) be able to hold this vote in private with no opportunity for any constituents or experts to address the answers provided by Dr. Pan.

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SB277 The Battle for California II - Pan gets Pan-icked!!!

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By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

I'm tired and exhausted from the day and I'm not sure if all of this is going to make sense, but I'm going to write about it anyway.

Senate Bill 277, sponsored by State Senator Richard Pan would take away religious and personal belief exemptions in California and force those children to be home-schooled.  Do you get the overtones of segregated schools in the South, or, Heaven forbid, those racial laws in Germany before World War II which led to you-know-what? 

I happened to be at the Capitol a few years ago to hear Senator Pan promise that the bill which he sponsored at the time, (requiring that parents claiming an exemption on behalf of their child thoroughly discuss the decision  with their doctor and get a signed note to that effect), he would NEVER try to take away religious and personal belief exemptions.  What a difference pharmaceutical dollars can make on your conscience!

What an amazing turnout!!!  I'm guessing that somewhere around eleven hundred of my fellow Californians showed up to take the microphone and express their personal opposition to this bill at the meeting of the Senate Education Committee.  Our group of parents representing their vaccine-injured children were joined by chiropractors, members of religious organizations, as well as great representation from the Weston Price Foundation.  Thank you all!!

Even with that great show of support, I wasn't that hopeful.  Would these politicians listen?  Why should they listen when so many in our society are closed to our message, despite the record number of children with neurological problems?  The committee was supposed to give an up or down vote on the measure at the end of the day.

Then came the questions from the committee members for Senator Pan.  Four of the members grilled him on what he was going to do about the children who would be thrown out of school and what he planned to do with them.  Pan didn't have an answer!

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Australian Government: "No Jab, No Pay" Program

Australia Action AlertFrom our friends in Australia:

Action Alert!

As you have most likely heard, the Abbot government has stated that they will remove both the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement and the Childcare benefits from any family who does not vaccinate their children fully according to the current Australian Childhood schedule. The opposition is in full support of these changes which, it is estimated, can cost Australian families with two children up to $30,000 per year.

The AVN believes that these moves are illegal and unconstitutional and is in absolute opposition to them.

We need all Australians who believe in freedom of health choice – whether you vaccinate fully, selectively or not at all – to immediately call as well as send a very brief email to your local members of Federal Parliament (you can find their details at this link) and also to the following 3 people:

The Hon Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia
Level 2, 17 Sydney Road
Manly, NSW, 2095
Telephone:(02) 9977 6411
Fax:(02) 9977 8715

The Hon Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition
PO Box 214
Moonee Ponds Vic 3039
Tel: (03) 9326 1300
Fax: (03) 9326 0611

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Laura Hayes' Speech on Parental Rights and Medical Freedom: California SB277

Laura Hayes

Here is the transcript:

Laura Hayes’s Rally Speech Opposing SB 277 April 8th, 2015

Today marks a sad day in the history of California. Today is a day where we have had
to come from near and far to oppose medical tyranny and to fight for what is rightfully
ours, the right to decide what we allow into our bodies, and the bodies of our children.
Our right is under fierce attack by the very people we elected to protect our rights. If
the right to decide what goes into our bodies, and those of our children, is wrongfully
taken from us, what meaningful rights do we have?

How did we arrive at this place in time, where if SB 277 becomes law, police will be
required to forcibly take our children, against our will, to be force-vaccinated…with
scores of vaccines…by doctors and nurses who have sworn to “first, do no harm”, and
who are ethically and legally required to obtain prior, voluntary, and informed consent
before any and all medical procedures…including vaccination? How has it come to

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Trace Amounts Is Coming To Raleigh NC!

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Trace Amounts is coming to  Raleigh, NC.

Reserve Your Ticket HERE

Film Synopsis

During the past 20 years, the frequency of autism occurring in children has skyrocketed from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 68, and the scientific community is no closer to determining a cause. Trace Amounts is the true story of Eric Gladen’s painful journey through mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a thimerosal-loaded tetanus shot. His discoveries led him on a quest for the scientific truth about the role of mercury poisoning in the Autism epidemic.

After recovering from a sickness that would bring him to the edge of despair, Eric Gladen began researching the science behind what had made him so sick. His research led him straight into one of the biggest medical debates of all time, the question of whether or not childhood vaccines are causing Autism. He would end up quitting his career, moving into an RV, and traveling the country interviewing experts and piecing together thousands of studies and leaked documents. But Eric wasn’t focused on the vaccines themselves, he was focused on something that belongs nowhere near vaccines — mercury.

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Kennedy at the Commonwealth Club and the Fight for California

Robert F Kennedy Jr 3By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

The ticket I purchased for the event, "Robert Kennedy, Jr: Thimerosal - Let the Science Speak" had on it the following words and promise: "You're on your way to an event at the nation's leading public affairs forum, The Commonwealth Club."

I knew the venue well, having been a member for several years when I lived in San Francisco.  And the Club had recently extended a speaking invitation to me, my co-author, Dr. Judy Mikovits, and Dr. Brian Hooker, for an event entitled "American Whistleblowers" which for the moment remains "postponed."  I have always supported the stated mission of the Commonwealth Club to be "the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community, and nation."  As I have stated before, I believe the question of the epidemic of immune and neurological problems such as autism presents a watershed moment in our country's history.  We will either redeem the promise of an America where we are free to discuss important issues or we will enter an age of darkness for which our children and grandchildren will curse us.

Kennedy began his talk to a crowded room of about 250 people by thanking the Commonwealth Club for being the first place in the country to allow him to have an open discussion about the question of mercury, vaccines, and autism.  He stated that no network or newspaper in this country will allow him to engage in this debate.  Kennedy pointed out that there were rare, honest journalists willing to take on this issue, like our own Dan Olmsted, formerly of UPI, Sharyl Attkisson, formerly of CBS, and Alison Camerotta, formerly of Fox News and just hanging on by her fingers at CNN.  But they get shut down by their editorial bosses.

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Happy Passover from Age of Autism

Passover doorWe'd like to wish our readers a blessed Passover. From all of us at AofA. If only we could have marked our doors for our kids.

Share your traditions in the comments and how you help your child with autism engage with the holiday Seder and other traditions.

It's April

Aaaaand it's 2015.

Managing Editor's Note: We ran this post from Cathy Jameson last April -  2013.   I wish it were out of date.  366 days later and it still works...

By Cathy Jameson

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

It’s that time of year.  We’ve flipped a calendar page to a new month:  the month of April.  The month when autism groups, who make money off of our kids’ diagnoses, go into full-fledge fundraising mode.  From walking around in circles promoting awareness to slapping a puzzle piece on every-day household products, this type of fundraising saddens me.  While our children’s needs are used for another’s gain, these money-making tactics suck the life out of me. 

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AofA Giveaway: Parker Time Potions Natural Body Care Plus April Donations!

Parker Time Potions
During the month of April, 30% of each purchase will be donated back to an autism related cause, determined by the customer.


1) Leave a comment to win this trio of products. 2) If you order in April, you can select a non-profit for a donation. May we suggest one of our fine sponsors?  From Parker Time:

Parker Time Potions is a line of all natural pediatric massage oils with a very special connection to autism as it was created out of love and a desire for the founder to bond with her baby son who was ultimately diagnosed with autism.  

Parker Time is a specially formulated, all-natural body care for kids that offers products with numerous moisturizing properties. Parker Time Potions strengthens the bond between parent and child by providing a quality product that allows the parent to focus on time with their little one.

When Parker Time Potions founder, Kelly Johnson noticed that her toddler son was developing at a “delayed” rate, she wanted to experience the joy of bonding with him.  After much research, Kelly discovered that pediatric massage was a unique, meaningful and effective way for her and her son to bond when the “normal” avenues of bonding were not available. With that, she formulated her own all-natural massage products: the Original Potion that promotes skin softness and strengthens the bond between parent and child, the Play Potion that promotes the parent-child bond as well as play time, and the Relax Potion that help the child calm down and relax for a restful night’s sleep.

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AofA Presents A Paper by 16 Year Old Autism Sibling: The Perplexing Epidemic

Cassidy ChapmanWe are pleased to share this post. Below is a paper written for Psychology class by Cassidy Chapman, daughter of Alison Chapman, whom many of you know as a fierce advocate for her son and all of our children with autism. Cassidy is 16 years of age and a member of the SUPER SIBS generation - who will change the world for our kids as we parents grow older.  Thank you, Cassidy.

By Cassidy Chapman

One of the most mysterious and perplexing epidemics in the world is autism. Autism is also known as ASD which stands for autism spectrum disorder. When children with autism are little there is a chance for finding treatments that can be successful but once these children grow up to a certain age there is a very little chance of recovery. Autism over the years has taken over society and is slowly creeping through the population and is an epidemic that needs to be declared a public issue. From 1990 to 2006 the population has grown 13 percent while the number of people with autism went up 175 percent. This number has risen tremendously since 2006 and will keep rising till we inform people that there is a problem and it needs to be addressed now because 1 in 68 children have autism. This process of discovering new things about autism however is extremely hard because no person with autism is the same, they all are different in terms of causes, treatments and severity. Autism is a broad systemic and pervasive disorder and many people are unaware of the specifics. The community should be aware of the impact of autism on the adult brain, and the thoughts of adults with autism.

When doing experiments there a few things that need to be controlled so that the results are accurate. Testing adults with autism is very hard because of the different severities. Adults with autism who are severe are hard to test on because using a MRI machine with these adults. Either they don't understand that they need to stand still or it seems impossible for them to withstand the system overload it causes them. Resulting from these obstacles they must be sedated to keep still which means that the tests aren't going to be as accurate. Even with these difficulties doctors have been able to collect valuable information to help further learn more about this puzzling disorder. Researchers took 38 men with autism who had speech delay and another 42 men who did not have speech delay. The scientists found that some parts of the brain were smaller in the men who had speech delay. The parts of the brain that were smaller were the brain’s ventral basal ganglia and the insula and temporal lobe of the cerebral cortex. These parts regulate regular speech, behavioral responses, higher thinking, and perceptions. They also found that the brainstem was larger which is how we send signals from our body to the brain and vice versa and controls the involuntary movements to keep us alive, such as breathing and heartbeat.8

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My Life Derailed.

The road not takenBy Dara Berger

I was looking at Facebook this morning and noticed another mother made a comment about going through PTSD the day after seeing the NYC Premiere of Trace Amounts.  So I thought I would share my own PTSD experience that I had while watching the powerful documentary film last night.

Most people hear vaccine reaction and think of the hot debate about whether or not vaccines cause Autism.  But what about someone like me?

Last night I attended the premiere of a documentary film called "Trace Amounts" which included Robert Kennedy Jr as one of the speakers.  It was a wonderful event as I got to see all my fellow parent friends who are also raising a child with autism.  The film was very informative and I got a copy of Mr. Kennedy's book which he signed for everyone.

What I didn't expect was to go home and relive my own vaccine injury with such intense anger and anxiety that it was hard to fall asleep.  Looking back I should have taken my husband up on his offer to attend the afterparty just to have one drink, since we really don't get many opportunity's to see everyone.

Instead I decided to go home so I could have my wits about me in the morning to deal with all the research that needed to be done.  Research into what natural supplements could control my son's most recent PANDAS flare that is making his OCD off the charts even for one of the world's most patient mom's!

On the way home in the cab, I began casually discussing how similar my adverse reaction to a tetanus shot and mercury poisoning was to the filmmakers.  And just prior to seeing the movie, I had been telling my husband over dinner that I still have strong residual symptoms from my vaccine injury eventhough I consider myself to be recovered.  I still have major sound sensitvity and adverse feelings to being soaking wet.  I can no longer swim with my head under water and I am not able to wash my hair that often.  However these symptoms are nothing compared to what I experienced in 1999.  

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In Perspective: Autism 2015 - Still a Mystery

MysteryExcerpted from Vaccination News with permission.

F. Edward Yazbak MD, FAAP

 Autism has increased at a much faster rate than all other disabilities served under IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

At the CDC, all matters related to autism (Autism/ASD) research are the responsibility of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD).

For the longest time, the Center Director, a Biostatistician and Epidemiologist did not believe that the increase in autism prevalence was a true increase. She appears to have recently changed her mind.

The Director does not yet know what causes autism but like others at CDC, she seems convinced that it is not, in any way, a vaccine-related cause or causes.

Congressional Committee Hearings on autism-related issues should be held regularly.

The few research reports on autism and vaccines that the CDC has acknowledged supporting were clearly designed and intended to rule out any vaccine-autism connection.

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American Whistleblowers: The Peril and Promise of Science

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By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

I have to admit that being compared to whistle blowers like Edward Snowden who revealed the creation of a vast surveillance state in our country, or Daniel Ellsberg, whose revelation of how the United States was waging a tragically flawed war in Vietnam and led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, has left me a little overwhelmed.  But that's exactly how I'm being described in the advertising for a panel discussion in which I'm participating in on April 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.

For those of you not familiar with the Commonwealth Club, it's the nation's oldest and largest Commonwealth Club truthpublic affairs forum, sponsoring more than 400 annual events on subjects ranging across the economy, politics, culture, and society.  Previous speakers have included Teddy Roosevelt, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.  Another illustrious name must now be added to this prestigious list, Kent Heckenlively.  The Commonwealth Club has as its mission to be "the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues."  Doesn't that sound great?  For those of us who have watched as our voices of concern about vaccines and other common medical practices have been silenced for decades, isn't this what America is supposed to be about?

One of my two fellow speakers is Dr. Judy Mikovits, the former director of the Antiviral Drug Mechanisms Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute and co-author with me of our book, "PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS, Autism, and Other Diseases."  The other is Dr. Brian Hooker, an associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Science and Mathematics Division at Simpson University, and probably best known to this community as the man who revealed the shocking information about CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson.  Thompson is the CDC scientist who claims the CDC has concealed vital information about the link between vaccines and autism and who has turned over thousands of documents to Congress regarding this massive cover-up.  I am honored to be in their company.

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The Disneyland Measles Outbreak is (Unofficially) Over

Breaking newsBy Mark Blaxill The End typewriter

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released their latest update Friday on the measles outbreak that began in Disneyland around December 17th. For the first time since the CDPH began posting updates on-line on February 9th, no new measles cases were added to their statewide counts.

“Since December, 2014, there have been 133 confirmed measles cases reported in California residents” read the opening line of the March 20th version of the California Measles Surveillance Update. “No new confirmed cases have been reported to CDPH since the publication of the last report on March 13, 2015.”

So can we officially declare the so-called Disneyland measles outbreak over? Not so fast, says the CDPH.

“The outbreak will be considered over when 42 days have elapsed from the end of the infectious period of the last known B3 measles cases that was a not a new importation. As of today, that date will be April 17, 2015.”

So let’s do that math. If the CDPH will be ready to officially declare the outbreak finished a full 42 days after the infectious period of the last reported case ends, then that milestone has been passed already, fully two weeks ago on March 6th.

But the end of the infectious period is perhaps less important to specifying the final ebb of the measles outbreak than the date the last reported case became infected. The CDPH also states (see HERE) that “Infected people are usually contagious from about 4 days before their rash starts to 4 days afterwards”, so this last reported case probably saw their rash appear on March 2nd and were first infectious themselves around February 26th. As for the date of their first exposure, one analysis of the outbreak (see HERE) suggests that exposures to the measles virus occur roughly 10 days before the rash appears. That would put the date of infection of the last case around February 20th.

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If You Won Product Injury Award Would You Praise The Product?

Keep-calm-and-drink-kool-aid-15If you or your loved one were severely injured by a product, and you won a settlement to compensate for the injury, would you then become a spokesperson for that product? 

Let's make this concrete.  Say your loving wife took Vioxx for pain. Her doctor prescribed Vioxx with the promise of relieving her back pain and allowing her to move about more easily. She was thrilled. You were encouraged. And then your vibrant, beautiful wife of 24 years had a stroke, lost her ability to walk, speak, hold you, whisper your name.  Fast forward, and you've won a large settlement for her injuries. And then you go on TV and tell your friends and neighbors that what happened to your wife is a rare event and that they should absolutely use Vioxx for their pain.

Odd yes?

Meet Jim Schutte, who is now guardian as well as husband to Carolyn Schutte, who suffered serious injury from routine travel vaccinations for a trip to Africa.   Like American infants, Carolyn received multiple vaccines at the same visit.  And now her husband, her legal guardian, is telling others that vaccines are safe and that the risk is minimal.

Odd, yes?


An Excelsior Springs man has been awarded $7.4 million because his wife was left disabled by at least one of the vaccines she took before a trip.

On June 22, 2011, Carolyn Schutte went to the Clay County Public Health Center in Liberty for a round of shots. She was preparing for a trip to Africa and received vaccinations for various diseases, including tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, and typhoid. Two days later, she was debilitated with permanent brain damage caused by encephalopathy.

"The active lifestyle that we had before is over," said Jim Schutte, Carolyn Schutte's husband and now her guardian. "It's gone. We just have to make due with what's left."

The couple were once avid travelers.

Now, Jim Schutte is homebound, assisting with his wife's around-the-clock care.

"I provide most of her care," Schutte said, "But I can't do it 24 hours a day, so I have to have somebody coming in here and helping. It gets very expensive very quickly. It costs a lot more than you might think."

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U. British Columbia Doubles Down on Academic Freedom, Avoids Firestorm

CanadaExceprted from the Vaccine Fact Check site:

Unlike other leading Canadian universities, the University of British Columbia adopted a novel stance last week when the national press castigated it and one of its professors, Dr. Christopher Shaw, for conducting research into a possible link between vaccines and autism — it unambiguously backed both Shaw and the principle of academic freedom. Almost immediately, the press backed off and the story died.

In contrast, when the national press outed academics at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University for questioning the position of the government’s public health authorities, the universities went into damage-control mode, announced they were launching investigations into the academics’ conduct and took steps to prevent them from discussing vaccines. The press, smelling blood, then doggedly piled on. The story then reverberated nationally and internationally, besmirching the reputations of the academics and their universities alike.

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Hearing 3/18 Hartford! Rep Matthew Ritter Is Attempting To Take Your Parental Health Choice Away.

Action alertTAKE ACTION!!!

Connecticut, get to Hartford tomorrow, March 18, for a hearing on House Bill H.B. 6949, Rep. Matthew Ritter's bill that will limit your right to a religious exemption from vaccine mandates to attend school.  And get on the phone today to the members of the Joint Committee on Public Health and let them know you oppose this bill. H. B. 6949 will require a notarized statement from parents attesting that they have reviewed materials provided by the Department of Health.

 And please click on the Take Action link HERE to send messages to your State Senator and representative expressing your opposition to H.B. 6949.

 Parental informed consent is the standard in developed democracies around the world. There is no such thing as a mandated vaccine in Canada, the UK, Japan, Ireland, Australia, Germany, France, Denmark, Israel, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, etc.

Nineteen states allow exemptions for any reason including California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Michigan and more than a dozen other where more than half of America's population lives.

Twenty-eight states , currently including Connecticut, allow a religious exemption upon presenting a from stating a religious reason not to vaccinate.

Connecticut has one of the highest vaccination rates of any state. And no one has even attempted to make a case that religious exemptions are resulting in increased levels of disease. 

This bill is an added expense to all involved and violates First Amendment religious rights, and it achieves nothing.

The hearing will be held here:

Wednesday, March 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

State Capitol, Room
1210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106


If you wish to speak sign up in the Capitol atrium before the hearing begins.


Chicago Screening Trace Amounts Featuring Q&A with Director and Special Guests

Trace Amounts Chicago

Chicago!  You're invited to screen Trace Amounts this Thursday, March 19 at

Trace Amounts is a compelling documentary film centered on thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative in vaccines that has been suspected by many as playing a primary role in the autism epidemic here in the United States and around the world. It’s a fascinating look at the debate, as well as the people and science at the center of the controversy.

Please go to purchase your ticket ASAP before the event sells out!

To view the Trace Amounts trailer, host your own screening, or to learn more about the film, please visit

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State Bills Attacking Vaccine Exemptions: A Seven Step Approach to Advocacy in your State

Seven row
By Dawn Loughborough

Last Friday Maryland advocates celebrated victory over an extreme bill called HB0687 designed to remove religious exemptions for vaccination of school age children. Concerned families, physicians, and religious leaders came together over this past month to protect principles and request that the bill be dropped/opposed. Maryland delegates handled a barrage of communications coming from people from all walks of life who were concerned and opposed the bill.

The bill was withdrawn and the committee hearing cancelled.  According to The Daily Record, on March 13, 2015, “A Prince George’s County delegate whose law practice includes representing clients who claim adverse reaction to vaccines has withdrawn a bill that would have removed a religious exemption to the state’s vaccination law.” The bill sponsor, Delegate Benjamin Barnes, went on to say that the bill was unnecessary in Maryland.

The movement has begun. Compassion is rising. Fear is falling. The people are in action. Here are seven steps to help you be effective in your state.

  1. Organize Proactively. Sign up for advocacy portals. The NVIC Advocacy Portal at describes each bill on vaccines. Set up local social media groups to organize and find one another. Monitor and create a safe space to share information.

  2. Embrace Collaboration. Health is a conversation everyone owns.  Join efforts with people who are have shared concerns. Reach out to people who believe in civil rights, freedom, personal choice, and those who stand up for medical autonomy. Use multiple forms of advocacy. Books and media – movies like “Trace Amounts” and “Bought” are excellent support for this work. Videos and memes help to educate and spread the message quickly.

  3. Show up. Email and call with the bill number and ask to speak to the representatives or their staff assigned to the bill. Find the contact information on your state government websites.  If there are organizations backing the bill, go to them and ask them to reconsider. Find organizations that align and have them put out action alerts describing the bill and who to contact.

  4. Go Early. Learn the process for how a bill gets created and made into law in your state. Its best to oppose bills before they go to subcommittee. It gets more challenging to stop a bill as it moves through the stages to become a law. Ask bill sponsors for support to drop a bill. Ask for support to oppose. Add up who is for the bill and who is against. Go meet with them and build relatedness and ask them to represent your view with their vote. Let them know if you are in their party and in their district.

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Book Review - Vaccine Injuries by Louis Conte and Tony Lyons

Vaccine Injuries BookBy Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

Has there ever been a book more needed than "Vaccine Injuries: Documented Adverse Reactions to Vaccines -2014-2015 Edition" by Louis Conte and Tony Lyons?  If so, I don't recall it.

For those of us who have witnessed vaccine injury in our children and then researched the medical literature and the so-called "Vaccine Court" it's clear that the government and the pharmaceutical industry is concealing a massive amount of information from the public.  With the health of the human race at risk from these vaccines is it too much to ask for our scientists and policy-makers to read this brisk 274 page account of the important issues in this debate.  I don't think so.

If people want to find the "facts" about this issue they could do no better than starting with this book.  The book opens with a brief history of vaccination, the legal justification for "mandatory" vaccination (or at least having to pay a fine if you refuse) as well as the early immunization campaigns which often involved contaminated products that injured many individuals.

The authors then move to more recent history, beginning with the hopes which were embodied in the National Childhood Vaccine Safety Act passed in 1986 which was supposed to deal with those rare, but often devastating vaccine reactions and get financial help to the afflicted families as soon as possible.  "Vaccine Injuries" raises the question of whether the promise of this program was betrayed by the pharmaceutical industry which used the program as a shield to move more vaccines onto the pediatric schedule.

From that point the authors move onto the Omnibus Autism Proceedings and actual settled claims in the vaccine program.  From 1989 until 2014 that program has paid out more than $2.8 billion dollars.  That's right, $2.8 billion dollars.  And the inevitable question which gets raised is what's the true number for vaccine damage?  Are only 10% of worthwhile vaccine cases compensated?  That's a $28 billion dollar hit to our economy, not to mention the damaged lives.  Is it 1%?  That's $280 billion dollars.  Or is it closer to 0.1%, which would mean somewhere around $2.8 trillion dollars.

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In Perspective: Vaccine Exemptions and Health

MississippiOriginally published at Vaccination News.

By F. Edward Yazbak MD, FAAP


The state of Mississippi where Personal Belief (Philosophic) Vaccine Exemptions are not allowed has the highest pediatric vaccination rates in the Country and so far no measles cases in 2015.    

Sadly, Mississippi also has the highest infant mortality rate (IMR). 

New Mexico where philosophic exemptions are not allowed, has also not reported any measles activity in 2015 unlike adjoining Texas, Colorado and Arizona, where philosophic exemptions are permitted. New Mexico’s IMR is just as alarming as that of Mississippi and has always exceeded that of its three neighboring states.

Blaming young parents claiming philosophic exemptions for the 2015 California measles outbreak seems unfair when vaccinated, partially vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals have been affected and when the disease seems to have become more prevalent among individuals older than 20.

Geography rather than exemptions may be the real cause why the present measles outbreak started in California.

Religious exemptions are likely to become the next evil.   

The CDC has the ability to distinguish between wild and vaccine-strain measles virus by PCR testing. It is likely that this testing has already been done. It is unlikely that the findings will soon be revealed.


A newspaper report topped with a large Gold Cup surrounded by many #1s and titled "Mississippi: Last In Everything, First In Vaccinations" was published on October 17, 2014. It boasted "No Mumps in Ole Miss."

"The Magnolia state is used to being last on measures of childhood well-being—but it’s beating the rest of the nation when it comes to immunization rates. Be it wealth, health, or education, when it comes to most measures of well-being, there is one state that reliably comes in last place. Mississippi is so used to trailing the pack in these rankings that it was a surprise when the state moved up to #49 in the annual Kids Count report last year. It was the first time in 24 years, since the Annie E. Casey Foundation first issued its survey that Mississippi didn’t sit at the very bottom. (It fell back to last place in 2014.) But there’s one indicator where Mississippi’s children out perform every other state: childhood vaccination rates."                                                              

Obviously an infant has to turn one to become a toddler and then a child in order to attain wealth, health, education and most measures of well-being.

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Bills Banning Most Vaccine Exemptions Fail in Northwest

Your_rightsABC News reports on two vaccine exemption restriction bill failures in Oregon and Washington.   Senator Steiner Hayward of Oregon has introduced a separate bill called SB895 which calls for schools to track and publish in public vaccination status data.  From ABC:


Legislative efforts to increase pressure on parents to get their kids vaccinated failed in Oregon and Washington state Wednesday amid stiff opposition as a handful of other statehouses consider similar bills prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland.

Oregon's measure, which had the support of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, would have made the state the third in the country allowing exemptions from immunizations only for medical reasons, and no longer for religious, philosophical or personal reasons. Mississippi and West Virginia are the only other states that have comparable laws in place.

In Washington state, a similar effort to remove personal or philosophical opposition to vaccines as an authorized exemption from childhood school immunizations died in the state House after failing to come up for a vote before a key deadline. Religious and medical exemptions would have remained under that bill.

Washington state Rep. June Robinson, who had sponsored the bill, said she didn't have the votes she needed. The Democrat from Everett said the pushback from parents and others opposed to the change had an effect on some lawmakers.

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Is Your Right to Say No to a Vaccine In Jeopardy?

Your_rightsThank you to Kathy Sincere for allowing us to publish her letter. FYI, as of yesterday, the Oregon vaccine exemption restriction bill has been pulled by Senator Steiner Hayward.

Dear Friends,

Whether we are Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians or neither, civil rights are a mainstay of who we are as Americans.

The right to bear arms, the right to an education, the right to health care, the right to a speedy trial.  Justice and rights for the poor, the immigrant, the criminal, the insane.  The rights of persons of color.  Women’s rights. The rights of gays, in all aspects of their lives; even the right to marry.  The right to use marijuana for medicinal and even recreational purposes.  So many rights - it’s called the Bill of Rights.

The only right being denied to American citizens in 2015 is the right of informed consent in regard to vaccination.  A right guaranteed by the First Amendment and under the Nuremburg Code that the U.S. signed in 1947. The Nuremberg Code states that no one can be coerced in regard to medical treatment; the right to informed consent.  This was in response to Nazi medical experimentation.  Much of vaccination qualifies  as experimentation, especially the flu vaccines  being mandated for babies, school children and health care workers (soon to be EVERYONE).  They are worthless and contain toxic excipients (see attachment).  This is supposed to keep our children healthy?!  Here is a good blog regarding our diminishing American Rights

If the political Right argues for the rights of the unborn child (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness), then accordingly they need to argue for the rights of the infant AFTER it is born.  It cannot be coerced to have toxic substances (such as aborted fetal cell lines in vaccines) injected into his/her body, with the possibility of injury or death. 

The political Left argues that it is a woman’s right to decide whether to have an abortion or not. She owns her body/her baby.  How can you make that case and then deny the woman’s right to decide what is injected into her pregnant body or the baby after it is born.  That is clearly dulplicitous.

Libertarians want Big Government out of our lives.  The matter of informed consent to vaccination would certainly qualify as an issue.  Dr. Rand Paul stated that “the government does not own our body.” Well said.

Bottom line, the right to informed consent in vaccine choice is an American Right guaranteed under the Constitution.  If this right is ignored or denied, then we have descended into tyranny in this country.  When the vaccine madates for children - no exemptions allowed - are in place and Law, the mandates for adults will certainly follow quickly. 

 Make no mistake about it, forced vaccination is about corruption, power, and money.  It is not about health.  It is Medical Jihad.

This alert is from the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC):


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Senator Steiner Hayward Drops Oregon Vaccine Mandate Bill

ItsoverFrom The Statesman Journal:  Oregon Senator Drops Vaccine Mandate Bill

Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a family physician who led the charge for strengthening Oregon's school immunization law, will no longer pursue the legislation, a staffer said today.

Senate Bill 442, which has had one public hearing and attracted national attention, would have eliminated religious and philosophical exemptions from school shots. Only medical exemptions would have been allowed.

Oregon's nonmedical exemption rate for kindergartners is the nation's highest, at 7 percent. It's a number that has been steadily rising since 2000.

"After much careful consideration, Sen. Steiner Hayward has decided to no longer pursue this legislation," the Beaverton Democrat's chief of staff, Paige Spence, wrote in an email. "She is disappointed that the conversations have largely revolved around who is right or wrong about science and the benefits vs. risk of vaccines, rather than about the health and well-being of Oregon's children."

While the bill had strong support from public health and medical leaders, including Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon Medical Association and Providence Health & Services, a vocal group of parents who either delay or avoid vaccines for their children has been active in opposing the bill.

While many are concerned about vaccine safety, some opposed the bill on grounds of medical freedom and parental autonomy....

Read the full article Oregon Senator Drops Vaccine Mandate Bill.

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