Let me tell you what I believe to be the long-term strategy of the pharmaceutical industry in regards to vaccinations. First, they want to establish by law the precedent that a parent cannot refuse a vaccination for their child, or they will face the draconian penalty of that child being forced out of the public school system. It's the dry run for what they want to try next, the forced vaccination of adults as a precondition of employment.
It really is that simple and that horrible, which is why what's happening in California should both terrify people, as well as have them sitting on the edge of their seat as to what will happen next.
As for the horror, I'm sure that most readers are aware of California Senate Bill 277, which was passed last year and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown which provides that this academic school year, 2016-2017, starting in the lower grades, children in kindergarten and the seventh grade will need to have a certain number of vaccinations in order to attend school. All religious and philosophical exemptions are gone and only medical exemptions will remain, but you can be sure they'll try to bully physicians into not granting them. It is REALLY bad.
But what should have you sitting on the edge of your seat is a lawsuit filed by some real legal heavyweights, including a former member of Nader's Raiders, which seeks to stop SB 277. As an attorney I have to say I am impressed by the filing and believe it has a good chance of success. During the years I have been in this struggle I've been frustrated as to how little reason has been deployed in the debate. I credit much of that to the terrible 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act which removed vaccines from the traditional civil justice system. But the pharma minions were not content with that victory and wanted to go even further. Tyrants usually set themselves up for failure when they try to do too much. The reason pharma has tried to weasel out of the traditional civil justice system is they don't want to argue the merits of what they are proposing.
Here are some of the arguments our side is making that pharma and which pharma will be forced to respond:
Violation of the California Constitution - Access to public education is a fundamental right under the California constitution, which means that any abridgement of that right must be viewed with great suspicion. The defendants must show there was an overwhelming need for the abridgment of this right and that the abridgment is narrowly tailored. Furthermore, this proposed law discriminates on the basis of wealth, as more affluent parents are more able to homeschool their children. It also discriminates on the basis of English language fluency as California law states that any parent who wants to homeschool their child must be fluent in English.