Which is It? Governments Role or Parental Choice?
COMMENTARY | In California, on Feb. 23, AB2109 was introduced by Assembly Member Richard Pan. The bill is co-authored by Senator Wolk and Assembly Member Fuentes.
This bill, if passed, would require parents to obtain the signature of a “health care practitioner” for a personal beliefs/religious exemption. MD’s, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants can sign but naturopaths and chiropractors cannot.
Bills like this are popping up all across the United States .
The Vaccine Controversy:
Should vaccinations be mandated? That is the question that is causing quite a stir, for many Americans.
Yes, the vaccine controversy is alive and well. It is a dispute over the morality, ethics, effectiveness, and safety of vaccinations. At this time, all 50 states require some specific vaccinations for kids, yet all of them grant exemptions for medical reasons and 20 states allow exemptions for personal, moral, or other beliefs.
And, according to the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center, which launched the vaccine safety and informed consent movement in the 1930s. In 2012, there will be efforts by the Pharma/Medical Trade Organization lobby to persuade state legislators to strip philosophical/conscientious belief exemptions from all state public health laws regarding vaccinations.
The Debate on Whether or Not to Vaccinate:
Seven states have stepped up to the plate and are considering legislation to make it even easier for mothers and fathers to spare their children from vaccinations, especially on religious grounds. But, should vaccinations be considered optional?
There does seem to be confusion in the media about this issue and not all experts can agree on the matter either.
In an article published by Dr Harold Buttram in 2012, Dr Buttram stated that there is serious trend of deteriorating health among North American children. Allergic disorders, such as asthma, are rapidly increasing both in frequency and severity. He says he has also seen a pattern of sicknesses among children that wasn’t there in generations past.
Dr Buttram says there is sufficient scientific evidence now available to suspect that current childhood vaccinations may be one of the underlying causes. He concluded by saying, “In my opinion, the time is long overdue for a total rethinking and redirecting of current childhood vaccine programs. Until the safety of such programs can be assured by thorough and dependable safety testing, any further mandating of childhood vaccines will remain morally and ethically untenable.”
Richard Moskowitz, M.D., shared his opinion on immunizations. “The public is surely entitled to convincing proof, beyond any reasonable doubt, that artificial immunization is in fact, a safe and effective procedure, in no way injurious to health, and that the threat of the corresponding natural diseases remain sufficiently clear and urgent to warrant mass inoculation of everyone, even against their will if necessary. Unfortunately, such proof has never been given.”
And Dr. Robert Simpson of Rutgers University has said that, “Immunization programs against the flu, measles, mumps, polio, etc., actually may be seeding humans with RNA to form pro-viruses…which under proper conditions become activated and cause a variety of diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus erythematoses, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer. Spare me this ‘medical miracle.'”
Those for Vaccinations:
The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that, “Vaccines save lives and protect against the spread of disease. If you decide not to immunize your child, you put your child at risk. Your child could catch a disease that is dangerous or deadly. Getting vaccinated is much better than getting the disease.” They claim vaccines work and that all vaccines must be tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Every Child By Two, a non-profit organization advocating universal childhood vaccination, stated the following in its Aug. 2004 report that, “Although newborns receive antibodies from their mothers and therefore enjoy short-term immunity to many diseases, such immunity often lasts only a month and generally expires within a year. Moreover, mothers pass no protection to certain vaccine-preventable diseases, such as whooping cough.”
Paul Roumeliotis, M.D., Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit stated the following in his article, “Should My Child Be Vaccinated”: “Immunization is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure your baby’s current and future health. Since immunization was first invented, it has saved hundreds of thousands of children’s lives. Vaccines have proven extremely effective in controlling and even eradicating some major childhood diseases. Indeed, smallpox – a severe and often fatal disease which used to be common among children – has been entirely wiped out by worldwide immunization.”
It All Comes Down to Parents Verses Government:
Government certainly has a legitimate role in making sure all parents understand the risks and benefits of vaccines. But, parents feel that this should be their right, after all, they know their own children better than anyone else. This is a hot topic and one that deserves our attention.