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!
In a stunning development, the chair of the committee, said the vote on the measure would be postponed until Pan had given some thought to the questions raised by the hearing. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT!!!!! This was breaking the agreed-upon schedule!!!! (But then, we've come to expect broken promises in this debate, haven't we, dear reader?)
I don't have any idea how this is going to turn out. The Education Committee will take no more testimony from us and will vote sometime next week. It's difficult to imagine how Pan might be able to change his bill so dramatically, but I'm not putting anything past him. If the measure somehow wins approval, we will need to fight it next in the Judiciary Committee.
Please keep your e-mails and faxes going to our California legislators! (Preferably California residents, but you know what? I don't really care! They need to know how the entire country feels about this issue!) Be brief, friendly, and to the point. So far the senators have been doing their job asking good questions. I even heard one of our people say that an important senator said that this proposed law was "draconian." We need to keep them on our side! Be at your charming and persuasive best!
Senator Carol Liu - Senator.email@example.com
Senator Bob Huff - Senator.firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Marty Block - Senator.email@example.com
Senator Loni Hancock - Senator.firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Tony Mendoza - Senator.email@example.com
Senator Andy Vidak - Senator.firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Connie Leyva - Senator.email@example.com
Kent 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.