Last week, California’s SB277 passed through another hearing with a 12 – 6 vote. . The law would attach a prerequisite mandating vaccinations in order to access education. This bill goes next to the full Assembly for a vote. Should it pass that vote, it will then head to Gov. Brown for his signature into law. As California goes, some believe, so goes the nation.
As this bill gains more traction, some are preparing to create a Plan B. As a parent of a vaccine-injured child, I strongly believe “There Is No Plan B.”
Stick to Plan A: The underlying foundation of who we are as parents is built on our love and personal responsibility for our children. Our parental rights have not been granted by the State, nor can these rights be denied by the State.
We have parental rights to determine the health care of our children.
We have parental rights to receive all pertinent information beforehand concerning risks of any treatment, procedure, or course of action recommended for our children.
We have parental rights to disclose individual, medical and family history of our children.
We have parental rights to grant or withhold consent based on all information.
We understand that the decisions we make are ours to make, for or against, because where there is risk, there must be choice. We respect each parents’ decisions regarding their children.
We have parental rights to reject anything that smacks of one-size-fits-all, herd mentality, community immunity, where our children are sacrificed for the “greater good.”
Our children have the right to a free appropriate public education as guaranteed under federal law. This right must not be jeopardized by forced prerequisites of questionable medical procedures, especially as these can potentially harm our children.
Further, as citizens, we have the freedom to question settled science without being subjected to ridicule, contempt, or threats from public officials, profit-seeking pharmaceutical corporations, or a biased media.
We not only uphold these principles. We not only expect others to respect these principles. For the sake of our children, for the sake of future generations of children we will defend these principles.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor of Age of Autism.