I was reminded of a post I saw on Age of Autism a few weeks ago. Written by a concerned citizen back in 2015, I don’t think enough politicians read the Resolution which was addressed to the California Democratic Party. After reading it again last week, it could have been addressed to all lawmakers. I don’t believe the politicians backing the bill being referenced in that document listened to the valid issues that thousands of other Californians had also expressed. Dismissing their own constituents’ input, as well as scientific fact, SB277 passed with flying colors.
Another Resolution caught my eye on March 6th. Introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) in the House of Representatives one day after the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) met, it reiterates the committees’ clearly obvious “Vaccines Save Lives” agenda.
Hundreds of mothers from across the country, many with a differing viewpoint than that of the HELP committee, traveled to Congress to have their say that day. But they were shut out of the room. Their first-hand experience and extensive knowledge of US liability-free vaccines, which I share, should have been part of the conversation. Instead of letting their voices be heard, the committee focused only on a small panel of men who presented a one-sided viewpoint of the US vaccine program. Speaking very highly of our country’s liability-free vaccines—and of all that they have done to promote these vaccines—there was no room for anyone to present a balanced view.
Fathers were kept out of the chamber, too, as the hand-picked doctors, scientists, researchers, and an inexperienced high schooler had ample time to say what they wanted, or were scripted, to say. As long as I’ve been part of the parent-led movement, whose aim has been to tell our personal accounts and draw attention to the adverse side of vaccines, I can’t say that I was surprised that Rep. Schiff’s document was so quickly introduced. It’s the main attraction of the Congressional circus side show that both the Senate and the House have just put on for the American people.
Source: Congress (continue reading the entire Resolution by following this link.)
Besides contradicting what so many families have experienced, the Resolution contradicts what the US government and what several federal agencies have published about vaccines, namely that all vaccines come with risk.
I’m used to how parents are not heard, as happened in California with the passing of SB277, but it’s more than concerning how we’re being silenced today. For decades, parents have been telling a compelling story.
Parents listened to their doctor, but something terrible happened.
Parents took their child to get liability-free vaccines, but the liability-free vaccines didn’t work.
Parents spoke up about the injury their child sustained from those liability-free vaccines, but they were ignored.
Parents spoke up again, but were dismissed again.
Parents needed vaccine choice and for their voices to be heard. With the help of open-minded politicians, other parents had fought for, and were successful, in being able to call the shots thanks to state vaccine exemptions. If parents did not want them, or if they knew that vaccines, including the ingredients, were not the right fit for their child, they had the legal right to say no. What a victory!
But, in some states, vaccine choice would be only temporary. Those already established vaccine rights, like Californians had, have been taken away. Other states are rapidly following suit. Politicians are lobbying to take parental rights away while doing everything they can politically to protect a pharmaceutical product.
Too many members of Congress are working incredibly hard to make sure that they fully represent vaccine manufacturers but not vaccine consumers. When something terrible happens post-vaccination to the consumers or to their child, parents are not being given the same platform as other consumers have. Warranties and Lemon Laws protect other consumers if they are sold faulty or fraudulent products. Vaccine consumers do not have that protection.
In the past, vaccine consumers had been able to express their opinions whenever they desired. They could do that via message boards, by writing blogs, by producing vlogs, by sharing their thoughts on social media platforms and in magazines and books. Their story happened. Their story mattered. It still does. But being able to freely share that information came to a screeching halt right before the 2019 legislative season began. Censorship is alive and well in 2019 thanks in part to other documents Rep. Schiff wrote—letters to Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Legislators should be listening to the people though. Much of what parents report has already been said, and declared to be true, by the very same government our legislators currently serve:
Pharmaceutical companies and those who administer their products, aren’t held legally responsible for vaccine products or what happens after vaccines have been administered.
Vaccines come with no warranty.
Consumers have the right to get vaccines, but they have no recourse should a vaccine fail or cause injury or death.
Pharmaceutical companies are the priority, not their consumers.
Those facts above are nothing new. Some politicians, like Rep. Bill Posey (FL-R) and Rep. Rand Paul (KY-R) understand them. Not only that, they respect the parents who have presented these facts to them. It’s a shame that Schiff cannot do the same.
Rereading through Rep. Schiff’s Resolution again this week, I shook my head. He and the co-sponsors of House Resolution 179 don’t really know vaccines. They don’t know vaccine injury, and they don’t care about those who’ve experienced a vaccine injury. They don’t know all there is to know about liability-free vaccines. If they did, we parents would not be shut out of the discussion.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.