Hearing 3/18 Hartford! Rep Matthew Ritter Is Attempting To Take Your Parental Health Choice Away.
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Connecticut HB 6949 Seeks To Impose Restrictions on Parental Medical Freedom

Molly Weasley
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: 


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 Hoop on Firelimit 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.

Thank you.

Strega Kim

House of Cards 200 pixelsKim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel,  House of Cards; A All I Can Handle 50 pixel 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.

Connecticut families who care about drawing the line in the sand to protect the religious exemption to vaccination should:

1) plan on attending the hearing and registering opposition to the bill or providing meaningful testimony to the committee;

2) immediately contact committee members before the hearing asking them to oppose the bill; and

3) contact their own representative and senator and ask them to oppose the bill. 

HB 6949 makes the assumption that the state, not the parent, has legal responsibility for making medical risk decisions for minor children and exercising informed consent on their behalf when minor children do not yet have the cognitive maturity to understand the concept of risk and cannot yet articulate religious beliefs. The bill language requires parents to engage in compelled speech in order to receive a religious vaccine exemption for their children.

HB 6949 is unconstitutional. Requiring a state mandated vaccine “education” in order for a religious exemption to be granted violates the First Amendment “free exercise” of religion.  The state may not add substantive requirements for a parent to exercise a religious exemption to vaccination.

Parents are legally responsible for the education and health of their children if they are harmed for any reason. The State cannot and should not compel parents to violate their religious or spiritual beliefs or engage in compelled speech in order to exercise informed consent to medical risk taking on behalf of their minor children.

Please help oppose HB 6949.


1)  Choose how you would like to deliver your message to your Representative and Senator. The suggested modes of communication below are listed in the order of being more likely to be more impactful on educating your legislator. Appointments can be made at the capitol or in district offices.

a) Make an appointment for a direct personal visit; 

b) Make an appointment to talk directly in a personal phone call;

c) Make an appointment to talk in person to a legislative aide;

d) Call and talk to a legislative aide to relay a message; 

e) Stop by your legislator’s office and talk to the aid responsible for vaccine bills,

f) Send a letter, a fax, or an email through web contact forms or legislative email address.

2)  Lookup your State Representative and Senator and their contact information. 

Link to http://www.cga.ct.gov/ and scroll down to the section entitled “Find Your Legislators” and enter you town and street address. Or if you are registered with the NVIC Advocacy Portal, register/login athttp://NVICAdvocacy.org.  Your personal state legislators are listed on the right side of the page. Click on them one at a time to display their contact information.

3) Contact your own State Representative and Senator and Ask them to VOTE NO on HB 6949.Explain to them that you are already educated about vaccines and that requiring you to review educational materials or agree to affirmations about risks of not vaccinating in order for one to exercise their religious exemption to vaccination is not only wrong, but unconstitutional. Take the time to share your personal story if you have had any vaccine reactions in your family.  It is these heart to heart conversations that change minds of legislators. 

4) Contact the legislators on the Joint Committee on Public Health before Wednesday 3/18 at 10:30 and tell them to VOTE NO on HB 1649.  Personalize a statement to them why they should vote against the bill.  You can refer to some of the talking points in the bill description in the top of this alert.  Please write this in your own words so that the emails they receive are all unique. 

      gerratana@senatedems.ct.govMatthew.Ritter@cga.ct.govcrisco@senatedems.ct.govEmmett.Riley@cga.ct.gov;Joe.Markley@cga.ct.govPrasad.Srinivasan@housegop.ct.govAl.Adinolfi@housegop.ct.gov;  David.Alexander@cga.ct.govAndre.Baker@cga.ct.gov;  Eric.Berthel@housegop.ct.gov;Whit.Betts@housegop.ct.govVincent.Candelora@housegop.ct.gov;Christie.Carpino@housegop.ct.govTheresa.Conroy@cga.ct.govMichelle.Cook@cga.ct.govMike.Demicco@cga.ct.gov;Henry.Genga@cga.ct.govRob.Kane@cga.ct.govKennedy@senatedems.ct.govKathleen.McCarty@cga.ct.gov;Moore@senatedems.ct.govJason.Perillo@housegop.ct.govKevin.Ryan@cga.ct.govPeggy.Sayers@cga.ct.gov;Sean.Scanlon@cga.ct.govPeter.Tercyak@cga.ct.govFred.Wilms@cga.ct.govDavid.Zoni@cga.ct.gov;

     http://www.cga.ct.gov/ph/2015-2017%20PHC%20Membership.pdf – Committee Information

5)  Plan on attending the hearing and registering your opposition on HB 1649. 

What: Public Health Committee Hearing

When: Wednesday, March 18th at 10:30 a.m. 

Where: Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building

Hearing notice posted:


Tips for testifying in Connecticut:


Driving Directions to the State Capitol:


If you attend the hearing, please drop us a line afterwards and let us know your impressions.

6)  Login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal often to check for updates.  http://NVICAdvocacy.org. Bills can change many times over the legislative process and be brought up for votes at different stages of the process.

7)  Please forward this email to family and friends and ask them to share their concerns with their legislators as well. 

Register for email updates:

NVIC Advocacy Portal
 at http://NVICAdvocacy.org.

Refer to NVIC’s “Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law” guide for answers to questions your legislators may have.  The fully referenced version can be found on our site posted at:http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements/Reforming-Vaccine-Policy---Law-Guide.aspx. You can include this link in your letters as well.


NVIC Advocacy Team

National Vaccine Information Center

http://NVIC.org and http://NVICAdvocacy.org


The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) works diligently to prepare and disseminate our legislative advocacy action alerts and supporting materials.  We request that organizations and members of the public forward our alerts in their original form to assure consistent and accurate messaging and effective action. Please acknowledge NVIC as originators of this work when forwarding to members of the public and like-minded organizations. To receive alerts immediately, register  at http://NVICAdvocacy.org, a website dedicated to this sole purpose and provided as a free public service by NVIC.



Winnie Harrison

During the hearing, which I spoke at, Rep. Ritter--who authored this bill and presumably knows the law on exemptions very well--asked a pediatrician (who implied she thought this bill was to have medical exemptions only) testifying if children would be forced to get vaccinated. "Oh, no," she said. "It's just if they go to school." He repeated this as if he was trying to understand it and the two of them seemed very pleased to have clarified this--as if going to school were an uncommon occurrence. Gee, that wasn't staged!


"regarding the risks of both immunization and failure to immunize."

IMO one of the things that needs to happen is to change this INCORRECT language. The correct language is ...

"regarding the risks of both vaccination and failure to vaccinate."

Stopping this equating the dangerous man made process of "vaccination" with NATURAL salubrious immunization is a KEY battle we must continue to press and WIN IMO.

"Vaccination" does not immunize. "Vaccination" "vaccinates". Immunization is a NATURAL process that cannot be accomplished by "vaccinating". Only by contracting the WILD pathogen in the NATURAL manner, not a man made INJECTED surrogate, can a person acquire immunity to the WILD pathogen. NO pathogen is contracted with an INJECTION so the "vaccination" first point of contact is NEVER correct for proper immunization.

A lot of our current problems with Measles is all the "vaccinated" children have NO IMMUNITY and incomplete "protection" from the WILD measles pathogen. They are somewhat "protected" from the man made measles virus contained in the "measles vaccine", in the deadly MMR. This "protection" is proving to be very transient often lasting for months only.



Thank you Kim for my smile for the day, I so love all the HP references. All of the attacks on our kids and our rights to protect them from additional injury has made me so frustrated and angry lately. I wish I could cast a Patronus charm around all of our innocent, injured kids. Good luck in CT defeating that bill! May you all prevail over the Dark Lord(s) of Vaccination...


THANK you, Twyla, for providing that link. Am now viewing...very powerful.


Love that comparison with Molly Weasley saying, "Not my daughter!" Reminds me of a mom I saw in a video who was speaking to her state assemblyman in CA, where a bill SB277 is proposed to totally remove vaccine choice, except for medical exemptions (which as we all know are hard to come by). She had seen her son severely injured by vaccines and said that there was no way she would expose her daughter to the same harm. Another mother speaking said that her nephew had crashed after a round of vaccines, her family has a history of autoimmune disorders, and she is not about to vaccinate her babies.
The Other Side of the Vaccine Story


The Institute of Medicine,said in creating trustworthy guidelines that they
"Should be developed by a knowledgeable,multidisciplinary panel of experts and representatives from key affected groups."
The most affected groups are the vaccine damaged and i cannot imagine anyone who has experienced this would recommend mandatory vaccination.
Way past time to get a seat at the table instead of pharma lobbyists.

Laura Hayes


I found your letter very compelling. Let's hope Representative Matthew Ritter, and other CT legislators, do, too.

Our doctors have forgotten their oath, to: First, do no harm.

And our legislators have forgotten their oath, to: Protect citizens' rights, not usurp them.

Our legislators' ignorance regarding vaccines and the harm they cause, while at the same time being beholden to those who profit from them, is killing us and our nation...literally.

Representative Ritter: Vaccine choice is a fundamental human right. If you can't wrap your mind around that, you shouldn't be holding an elected office.

No forced vaccination - not in CT - not in America - not anywhere - for anyone. Period.

Dawn Richardson

Kim - thank you for helping us get this info out there! I grew up in CT and lived there through getting my degree at University of CT and I care deeply about so many people there!

David Taylor

Kim--Please let us non-Nutmeggers know anything we can do to help.

Here is a great article from a lawyer who fights against pro-vaccine mandates. It's valuable just for the links he provides to back up each point. "Attorney Demolishes Pro-Vaccine Talking Points." http://bit.ly/1CvjiTW

And, of course, the http://NVICAdvocacy.org has the best talking points for when/if we peasants are allowed into the Sanctum Sanctorum and allowed to open our mouths to our "elected" officials, most of whom owe allegiance to Big Money, not big mothers.

Stagmom for EEEEE

Dear EEEEEE32 - A) It's interesting you commented only on the age comment. B) Go back to work - the taxpayers of CT will appreciate that.


John Stone

Lobbies make their own truths and this has everything to do with th dark arts and nothing to do with science - government has failed to protect us from the encroachment of the great interests. More than 50 years Eisenhower warned that this was the greatest single issue facing the United States and he has not been heeded.

"The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.

"Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific/ technological elite."


Let us hope the legislators of Connecticut wake up.

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