Legislation Introduced to Require First Comparative Study of Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Populations
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York, one of the best friends autism families have in Washington, has just reintroduced the bill to authorize a study of health outcomes in vaccinated vs. never-vaccinated Americans. We at Age of Autism have a particular interest in this bill, which is sometimes called the Amish Bill for the reporting we've done on the apparently low incidence of autism in less-vaccinated populations like the Amish (HERE). The list of co-sponsors appears to be growing, and includes a Kennedy and the Chair of the House Science and Technology Committee. Stay tuned, and keep up the pressure. -- Dan Olmsted
WASHINGTON, DC – MALONEY REINTRODUCES BILL TO STUDY NEVER-VACCINATED
Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Smith (R-NJ) have introduced the “Comprehensive Comparative Study of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Populations Act of 2009,” HR 3069, (HERE) legislation that would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a comprehensive, peer-reviewed, comparative study of vaccinated and unvaccinated populations, which has never before been completed.
“Vaccines have been instrumental in reducing the incidence of many once-common diseases, but we owe it to parents and children to study and resolve the questions that have arisen over the possible link between vaccines and neurological disorders,” said Maloney. “What is ultimately needed to resolve this issue is a comprehensive national study comparing outcomes between vaccinated and unvaccinated children. As the most scientifically advanced country in the world, we should be jumping at the chance to resolve the questions that have been raised. Parents deserve answers, and children deserve no less than absolute certainty and safety.”
“Vaccines have been a truly revolutionary contribution to global public health that I have strongly supported. At the same time, it would be unconscionable if we did not fully investigate every aspect of vaccine safety, including varying vaccines schedules, to ensure that individuals were not being exposed to unnecessary risks,” said Smith. “This study would explore critical questions about our children’s health. Only a comprehensive, national examination of data that contrasts vaccinated children to unvaccinated children will answer some of the questions many if not all parents have about the safety of the vaccines we give our children. Congresswoman Maloney and I feel strongly that this will add greatly to the body of knowledge for the healthcare community and the public.”
Other original cosponsors of the bill include Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN), Chair of the House Science and Technology Committee, and Reps. Dan Burton (R-IN), Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), Jim Langevin (D-RI), Virginia Brown-Waite (R-FL), and Grace Napolitano (D-CA).
Background: Maloney and Smith have also introduced legislation H.R. 2618 (HERE) that would improve the current system for vaccine safety monitoring in this country by assigning responsibility for the nation’s vaccine safety to an independent agency within the Department of Health and Human Services; and another (HERE) (H.R. 2617) that puts in statute definite timelines for the elimination of mercury from vaccines.
Maloney introduced similar legislation in the 110th Congress. Click (HERE) for more information.