By Heyes:(NaturalNews) Once cheered by advocates of genetically modified food labeling as being the first state in the country to require same, Vermont is now being vilified by some of those same Americans for quietly, under the radar, eliminating vaccine choice in the state.
By Huff: (NaturalNews) Despite being blocked from providing testimony before the Oregon legislature about the vital need to preserve both informed consent and exemption options for "mandatory" vaccinations, Dr. Andrew Wakefield was able to witness a major health freedom victory in the state of Oregon, where efforts by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward to snuff parents' medical freedom from the state's books failed miserably.
It wasn't long after The New York Time's (NYT) published an opinion piece calling for the elimination of vaccine exemptions that parents took to the internet to voice their concerns and frustrations with a government and healthcare community that sees no problem infringing upon one's right to opt out.
California, Oregon and Washington State all have recently enacted new vaccine exemption laws making it harder for parents to exempt their children from mandatory vaccines required for school and daycare. Colorado's House Bill 14-1288, if passed, will follow this trend by adding a requirement that parents be educated about the risks and benefits of vaccines in order to exercise a non-medical vaccine exemption. Vaccine rights activists oppose this bill because the true risks are seldom acknowledged by health authorities, and because we believe that parents and adult students should be allowed to make their own, independent informed choice about vaccines, without pressure or coercion from anyone on any side of the issue.
Parents who want to enter their children in Oregon schools without vaccinating them will now need to sit through a lecture from a family doctor or watch a promotional video before they can be granted an exemption, according to a law taking effect on March 1.
California's AB 2109 was passed into law in 2012 and takes effect January 1, 2014. The new CA law (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov) will require parents exercising an exemption to immunizations to provide a letter or affidavit to document which required immunizations have been given and which have not been given on the basis that they are contrary to the parent's beliefs; and beginning on January 1, 2014, the letter or affidavit has to be accompanied by a State Department of Public Health form signed by a health care practitioner saying that he or she provided the parent "information regarding the benefits and risks of the immunization and the health risks of specified communicable diseases," and a written statement by the parent indicating that he or she received the information from the health care practitioner. (Seriously? the doctor's signature alone is not convincing?) California's Governor Brown, when signing AB 2109 into law, directed the Department of Public Health to allow for a separate religious exemption on the form, so that people whose religious beliefs are opposed vaccinations won't be required to seek a health care practitioner's signature. The Department complied, and included a religious exemption in its form.
The ethical principle of informed consent means that you have the human right to be fully informed about the benefits and risks of a medical intervention and be free to make a voluntary choice about whether or not to take the risk. The right to make an informed, voluntary vaccination choice for yourself (or your minor child) is an inalienable human right because vaccination, like any medical intervention, involves taking a risk that could cause harm or even death.