Not. My. Daughter! (Molly Weasley)
(Note: proactive instructions on how to express your concern for this bill are at the end of this post. There is a hearing TODAY at 10:30am.)
Dear Representative Matthew Ritter:
RE: Casting Your Reduction Spell on Religious Exemptions in Connecticut HB 6949:
AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS.
To require that statements from the parents or guardian of a child seeking a religious exemption from a required immunization be notarized and include language attesting that such parents or guardian have reviewed and understand information regarding the risks of both immunization and failure to immunize.
My name is Kimberly Rossi Stagliano. I live in Fairfield County. I have three gorgeous daughters with autism who currently cost the state of Connecticut more galleons than Harry Potter had in Gringott's bank vault. I am a Mother first. And then I write. Oh, I've written fiction. It's fun to make stuff up. I only wish the bulk of my writing was make believe. It's not.
I write for Huffington Post. I've written for blogs around the nation: Dallas Morning News, Today Show, others. My family and I have appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to talk about the financial toll that autism takes. I've been on CNN, morning shows, you name it. Not a single appearance has been about a frivolous topic.
I understand that you have introduced a bill that will restrain my ability, my neighbors' ability, to exercise their freedom to say no to a vaccination on the pediatric schedule. You are taking away healthcare rights with HB 6949.
Let's say you have a child who had an adverse reaction to a vaccine. It happens. And then you have another baby. How do you know if this baby will have the same reaction? There is no pre-vaccination testing to see if a baby is allergic to any ingredients. The 48+ vaccines on the current schedule have never been tested as a whole. No one knows if 8 vaccines at the 2 month check up is safe for any let alone all babies. (Hep B, RotaTeq, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hib, Polio, Pneumococcal) Every "well" check is a visit to Foxwoods Casino, Representative Ritter.
How much do you know about vaccine injury? Have you ever sat down with a parent who is making these hard healthcare choices? Do you think we do so lightly? I can assure you, we do not. Once injured, the result is life changing. Some children die. Some become CT DDS clients. And then they cost you and the state money. And they don't vote. But I do.
I don't know who is whispering spells into your ear, perhaps a confundus charm - there has been a push from coast to coast to limit vaccine exemptions on the heels of the measles panic in the Magic Kingdom These pushes have failed in Washington, Oregon, Maryland, because constituents have said, "Do Not Mess With My Healthcare Rights." I know we are an insurance heavy state. I know insurance and pharma go together like Abra and Cadabra.
I am telling you that this bill, HB 6949 needs to meet an Avada Kedrava spell, and die on the vine. Nutmeg state parents deserve to make healthcare choices for their own children without government imposed hoops.
Today? Vaccinations for children. What's next? Will teachers need a flu shot to go to work? Will State workers need to prove they have had every booster pharma and CDC demand? Are you prepared to take an Ebola vaccine fast tracked through the system?
I want you to have the right to say no to a medical procedure. I want that right as my daughters' Mom - and legal guardian.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel, House of Cards; A Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book. Her new book, with Tony Lyons, is due out in April.
Dear Connecticut NVIC Advocacy Team Members,
Your action is needed now to stop the state of Connecticut from restricting the religious exemption to state mandated vaccination. We apologize for the late notice. We just caught this today.
HB 6949, requires parents who object to mandated vaccines on religious grounds to submit a notarized statement claiming that vaccination would be contrary to the religious beliefs of the child, and that they “have reviewed and understand evidence-based instructional material provided by the Department of Public Health regarding the risks to such child and to others of such child failing to receive adequate immunization.”
HB 6949 is scheduled for a public hearing this Wednesday, March 18th at 10:30 am in Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building.