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?
The most offensive part of his speech was when he made light of, and tried to turn into a joke, the thousands of parents, many toting and pushing multiple young children week after week, coming to the Capitol to oppose this bill, desperately trying to protect their parental rights, their children’s right to a public education, and their children’s health and well-being. Allen said, “We didn’t create this bill to create lines in the Capitol, to create business for the deli upstairs, or to be assured that civic participation is alive and well in CA. We presented this bill because both of us (meaning himself and Pan) have seen the harm of vaccine-preventable diseases.” Again, not a word of concern for the multitudes of vaccine-injured and vaccine-killed children, not to mention people of all ages.
Senator Huff then spoke in opposition to the bill, his main argument being that there is nothing at present that warrants vaccine mandates without exemptions, such as this bill requires.
At the 48:15 mark, “hostile” amendments were brought forth by Senators Morrell, Moorlach, and Anderson (thank you, Senators!).
Senator Morrell proposed a RE amendment as follows: “This vaccination violates my faith.” He followed that up with his comment that “this bill tells deeply-devout families that the government knows better than they do.”
Senator Monning (in support of this bill) “laid on the table” this amendment, and the next two, with all 3 being voted against without discussion. Sadly, that’s our CA legislative process for you.
Senator Moorlach proposed the next hostile amendment: “Those children of parents, who for whatever personal private reason, decide against the state-required mix of vaccinations still have access to educational resources that our state provides for all of our students.” He followed that by saying, “Their parents have paid their taxes for this education.” So glad someone is finally bringing up that fact! Will parents who are forced to home school get a full refund on their property taxes? They should.
Senator Anderson proposed the third and final hostile amendment. He began by explaining that parents want to know the ingredients in what their kids are consuming, and likewise, they want to know the ingredients in the vaccines being injected into their children. He explained that the use of many of the ingredients in vaccines violates one religion or another. The amendment reflecting these concerns was: “This amendment would require that doctors review the labeling and ingredients of vaccines with parents prior to vaccinating. Then, the doctor and parent will both sign a form that this information has been shared.” He went on to say that, “No one’s faith should be violated by lack of knowledge. This bill is taking away parents’ ability to practice their faith.”
After the hostile amendments were all voted against, without discussion, Senator Stone, a pharmacist, gave perhaps the most offensive and lie-filled speech of the day. One of the more priceless parts was when he gave a lengthy list of all those who couldn’t receive the MMR vaccine due to one condition or another…just about every single condition he mentioned is a known possible side effect from vaccines! He couldn’t resist using the 1 in a million statistic, and he said that neither thimerosal nor the MMR vaccine causes Autism. We know this, according to him, thanks to the large epidemiological studies done by all of the…you guessed it…Vaccine Profiteers (he listed them one by one)!
Senator Gaines, opposing the bill, recounted how his 6th child suffered a seizure and turned blue after her vaccines at age 2 months. An MRI showed that she had demylenation in her brain caused by her vaccines. He and his wife were told by a doctor not to vaccinate her for the next 10 years. He stated that he is still a big believer in vaccines, and that he and his wife have resumed vaccinating this child on a delayed schedule. He calls this a “parental right” issue and stated his concern that there will not be a RE.
Senator Anderson spoke again next. “This bill doesn’t allow for the exceptions, for the religious or personal.” He then looked at his fellow senators and asked, “Why is it that a RE is so scary to this body?” Gave a great example of how felons will have more religious freedom than parents in CA if this bill becomes law. Said, “I have to commit a felony and be sentenced to prison before I get to practice my faith.”
My favorite part of the session happened when Anderson was speaking here. The ever-rude Senator Jackson (who treated Mary Holland deplorably just 2 weeks ago at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing) interrupted Anderson to quiet those in the gallery. Anderson tried to tell her that he wasn’t bothered a bit by them, that he didn’t hear a thing. She told him that she was in charge (just like she told Mary Holland to pretend that she was the judge, and Mary the lowly lawyer), and that she was going to quiet those in the gallery or have them escorted out so they wouldn’t interrupt. He snuck in this remark to her when he told her those in the gallery were not interrupting him, “However, interrupting my speech…IS interrupting me.” Loved it!
Senator Bates spoke in opposition saying that she is “concerned about equal opportunity for an education.”
Senator Allen spoke again, trying to refute comments made by Anderson and Gaines…saying that prisoners were required to get vaccinations, the Catholic Church does not have an opposition to vaccination, and this bill is limited to the 10 vaccines listed (yeah, right…until next year).
Senator Pan closed, ending with unsubstantiated and completely-fabricated numbers (“Vaccinations have prevented more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732 thousand deaths among children born in the last 20 years.” - Really, how do you give #s for something that didn’t happen?!). His Pinnochio nose grew when he boldly asserted, “Measles vaccine has never shed or spread to another person. Varicella vaccine, only 9 documented cases of it spreading.” And he couldn’t resist citing “CA’s 2010 pertussis outbreak.” Of course, he conveniently forgot to mention the 92% vaccine failure rate during that outbreak! And he ended with his favorite line no doubt learned at The Paul Offit Boot Camp: “The science is clear. Vaccines are safe and efficacious.” Tell that to my 21 year-old, and to so many others I know who are facing the daily (hourly) challenges of living with vaccine-induced injuries and deaths.
Final Senate vote on SB277: 25 ayes, 10 noes, 6 abstentions
On to the Assembly next. It will definitely be heard in the Assembly Health Committee, but beyond that, we don’t yet know what other committees, if any, will hear the bill. All Californians should be contacting their Assembly Members, and the Governor’s office, now to express their opposition to SB277.
There was much talk during today’s session of “vaccines save lives, vaccines are an amazing achievement of mankind, vaccines are safe and efficacious”, yada, yada. Please make sure to highlight in your discussions with legislators that vaccine injuries and vaccine deaths are real, and they are not rare.
Extra: Josh Coleman of Roseville, CA interviewed Jenna Elfman, who came to the Senate session today to oppose SB277: https://youtu.be/yoLg6GYUwZQ
Extra #2: A colleague of mine was not allowed in to the press conference afterward, and the Sergeant at Arms called for back-up when she expressed her disgust with that (!). Here is what she had to say:
“Following the Senate floor vote, Senator Pan held a press conference on the third floor of the Capitol. When those opposed to SB 277 asked to be admitted to the conference, they were denied access and told that it was a press-only event; however, several of Senator Pan's supporters (many in their white lab coats with their "I (heart) Immunity" buttons) were allowed access to the press conference. In this case, press-only actually meant press-and-supporters only.”
Parent of Vaccine-Injured Children
Resident of California