By Anne Dachel
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#SB277 passed the California Assembly 46 to 30 today. From earlier reports:
The New York Times says SB 277 is "expected to be approved." Robert Kennedy's appearance is trivialized with no mention of his call for the end to the use of mercury in vaccines.
The Sacramento Observer also covered Kennedy and Muhammad's appearance on LA, only they actually told us what they talked about. The NY Times mentioned "a study" linking the MMR vaccine to autism in black boys, but they didn't tell us that William Thompson was a CDC scientist and that the findings were altered.
And while the Times mentioned Senator Pan, only the Sacramento Observer told us that he personally received pharma money in the amount of $95,000.
The Observer reported on the vaccine trials conducted in Los Angeles in 1989 on minorities without informed consent--the Times didn't. The Observer compared this action to Tuskegee.
The contrast is glaring. The truth is in the details--only the NY Times won't cover them.
June 25, 2015, Sacramento Observer: L.A. Makes Final Call Before "School Vaccine Bill" Vote
"Many at the town hall questioned why state legislators are moving forward with this piece of legislation after hearing the statements made by Dr. Thompson, especially when innocent children's safety may be at stake."
Robert Kennedy, Jr: "One of the problems is that because of the economic strength of the pharmaceutical industry, the vaccine makers, it's almost impossible to get this story out to the American public.
On June 18, the Sacramento Bee published a report disclosing that pharmaceutical companies spent nearly $3 million more during the 2013-2014 legislative session lobbying lawmakers, the governor, the state pharmacists' board and other agencies, according to state filings. They donated around $95,000 - the largest individual gift to a candidate - to Senator Pan who is SB 277's principal author.
June 25, 2015, New York Times: California Set to Make Vaccines Mandatory Despite Heated Opposition
Under a bill expected to be approved Thursday by state lawmakers, schoolchildren in California will be required to receive vaccinations unless there is a medical reason not to do so. The bill would end exemptions for personal or religious reasons, which parents who oppose vaccinations routinely request. The legislation would make California the largest state by far with such sweeping requirements for vaccinations, joining West Virginia and Mississippi, which have had similar laws for years.
. . .The measure has become one of the most closely watched and divisive issues in the State Capitol this year, with weeks of emotional debates and hundreds of protesting families and their children filling the halls. After Mr. Kennedy lent his star power to the opposition and showed the anti-vaccine film here in April, he likened mandatory vaccines to the Holocaust, a statement for which he later apologized.
The bill's sponsor, State Senator Richard Pan, Democrat of Sacramento and a pediatrician, has said he has received repeated threats, so worrisome that he asked for additional security for several events.
Despite the intense lobbying by each side, the science supporting vaccines is settled, and opponents of vaccines remain only a small if vocal minority. Doctors overwhelmingly recommend childhood vaccines - which have been credited with the elimination or near elimination of diseases like measles, mumps and rubella - and many pediatricians will not accept families who resist vaccines into their practices.
Medical studies purporting to show a link between vaccines and autism have been discredited, yet some parents and others cling to them as evidence that their children should not get the vaccinations. But if too many people in a given community are not vaccinated, doctors say, the so-called "herd immunity" factor that protects vulnerable people and others from these diseases breaks down.
. . . Scores of parents opposing the measure showed up at several hearings about the bill, speaking tearfully about children they believed had been harmed by vaccinations.
. . . The fight against the measure has produced some surprising alliances. At a town-hall-style meeting at a Church of Scientology in South Los Angeles this month, Mr. Kennedy appeared with Tony Muhammad, the western regional minister of the Nation of Islam, who spoke of a study that indicated a higher rate of autism in African-American boys who had received the measles vaccine. Mr. Muhammad criticized black legislators in California who voted in favor of the bill.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.