Clinton would strip PARENTAL RIGHTS? Read this now. And read my last post on Utah !

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Parental Rights: Why Now is the Time to Act

Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong—these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.—Winston Churchill, speech, House of Commons, May 2, 1935.i

Additional Resources

Michael Farris’ 2006 National Conference Speech: Protecting Parental Rights: Why It Should Be a Priority

The Onslaught of International Law: Can America Protect Parental Rights?

A Dangerous Path: Has America Abandoned Parental Rights?

This article is about the need to save parental rights. I use the story of the battle to save marriage solely as a cautionary tale. The threats to parental rights are real and growing. And we must face the fact that the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children is not explicitly written in the text of the Constitution. If we wish to preserve this right, it is my contention that now is the time to put parents’ rights into black and white—that is, to adopt an explicit constitutional amendment.

If we wait until the threat fully matures, we will have waited too long.

The History of Parental Rights Protection

We should start with the question: why did the Founders neglect to include parental rights in the text of the Constitution or Bill of Rights?

We must remember that the whole concept of a legally enforceable bill of rights was an innovative concept that was newly conceived in the American Republic. James Madison once remarked that a bill of rights was but a “parchment barrier”—that is, a paper tiger. Madison had witnessed invasions of religious liberty even after Virginia adopted religious freedom in its 1776 Bill of Rights. At the time, the view was that religious liberty was truly achieved in 1786 when a Virginia statute made this guarantee effective. This is completely backwards under our current legal theories. Constitutional provisions are more powerful than statutes. But in the Founding era, because the British system had no written constitution, the idea of a law higher than a statute was still a relatively novel idea. It was not until the U.S. Constitution was adopted as the “highest law of the land” that it became possible to have a bill of rights that was understood as a robust protection of our liberty.

Moreover, it was unimaginable that a socialistic state which purported to care for children over and against fit and willing parents would ever result from the state and national governments being created in the wake of our separation from Britain. No one would ever envision a form of government that pitted fit parents against the state over the right to make decisions concerning their children.

Thus, it was some time before a constitutional clash occurred between parents and the government over the right to raise children. It happened in Oregon in the 1920s, when the anti-Catholic bigotry of the era manifested itself in a law which banned all private education and demanded that children must be educated only in government schools.

It was reminiscent of a law in the era of King James which imposed a fine on parents who sent their children to “papist” colleges on the continent—there being only Anglican colleges in Britain at the time.

But this was a free America—not the tyrannical era of the Tudor monarchs. And free America, instead of telling parents that their children must attend a particular denomination’s schools, told them that they must present their children to the government for compulsory instruction.

The Supreme Court heard the case of Pierce v. Society of Sisters in 1925 and rendered an incredibly important decision that trumpeted this principle:

The fundamental theory of liberty upon which all governments in this Union repose excludes any general power of the State to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only. The child is not the mere creature of the State; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.

While homeschoolers have both praised and relied upon this decision, we must recognize the basis on which the Supreme Court found parental rights to be a constitutionally protectable interest to be a bit thin. The legal principle used in Pierce was first announced in Meyer v. Nebraska. The Court announced that “those privileges long recognized at common law as essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men” were protected under the Due Process Clause. This historically grounded formula was eventually “refined” to protect the rights that are “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.” (The first use of this phrase was in the 1937 Supreme Court decision in Palko v. Connecticut.)

If implicit rights are tied to history, then there is a solid basis for determining what was a recognized right at a particular point in time. But when the discovery of “implicit rights” is simply left up to the personal opinions of Supreme Court justices, this theory becomes a vehicle which can be used by justices to impose their personal political opinions on an entire nation.

It is from this very doctrine that the Court invented the right to abortion in Roe v. Wade and the right to practice homosexuality in Lawrence v. Texas. Because the theory of implicit rights lost any connection with common law history, the legal footing for parental rights now stands on the same dubious foundation as the right to abortion and homosexuality.

The Current Supreme Court and Parental Rights

In the most recent parental rights decision by the Supreme Court (Troxel v. Granville), Justice Scalia made it clear that he is a political supporter of the concept of parental rights. He believes that this right is an inalienable human right and was included within the Ninth Amendment’s declaration of reserved rights. However, because parental rights are not explicitly stated in any constitutional language, Scalia voted to deny parental rights the status of an enforceable constitutional right.

Troxel v. Granville was a plurality decision with six separate opinions. None of these conflicting opinions commanded a clear majority. Two of the justices voting in favor of parental rights have now left the court. They have been replaced by John Roberts and Samuel Alito, who are reputed to share many of the legal views of Scalia. Whether Roberts and Alito think like Scalia remains to be seen. But it is beyond question that many young conservative legal scholars are trained to think just like Scalia on this point. His views are the mainstream among groups like the Federalist Society.

In short, Scalia believes that no right is protected unless it is expressly stated in the text of the Constitution.

The Troxel case dealt with the right of grandparents to demand visitation with their grandchildren over the objection of the children’s parents. Only four justices joined the main opinion of the Court, which held that parental rights were “fundamental,” meriting the highest level of constitutional protection. (Two of these, Rehnquist and O’Connor, are the justices who have since left the Court.) Justice Thomas wrote an opinion concurring in this result and emphasizing the same basic legal test.

Justice Souter wrote a separate opinion saying that parents have rights, but not fundamental rights. This means he holds a low view of parental rights.

As we already noted, Justice Scalia said that parental rights were not protected because they are not explicitly in the Constitution.

Justice Stevens held that parents do not have the right to override state legislative decisions of this nature—which is consistent with Stevens’ overall anti-tradition, anti-religious perspective.

Justice Kennedy believed that modern family life was too complicated to be run simply by parents and he advocated a “balanced” approach, which is consistent with Kennedy’s general anti-traditional theories.

Accordingly, we have only three current Supreme Court justices (including Thomas) who sided with a strong view of parental rights in this most recent decision. And two of these are among the most liberal members of the Court—Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Even if Alito and Roberts are both strong advocates of parental rights, we should not rest our confidence for the future of this country on a current five-to-four Supreme Court majority.

The Threat from the Left

In 2002, I published a novel, Forbid Them Not (Broadman & Holman), with the premise that a thinly-disguised Hillary Clinton had been elected president. The first act of her new administration was to secure the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). I do not claim the gift of prophecy, but there is a looming possibility that I may be proven right.

If this treaty becomes binding on the United States, the government would have the power to intervene in a child’s life “for the best interest of the child.” Currently, the government can intervene in this fashion only by going to court and proving that parents have been abusive or have neglected their children. (This standard also applies in divorce cases on the presumption that the family unit has been broken.) This means that whenever the UN-dominated social services system thought that your parental choices were not the best, the government would have the power to override your choices and protect your child from you. If this treaty becomes binding, all parents would have the same legal status as abusive parents, because the government would have the right to override every parental decision if it deemed the parent’s choice contrary to the child’s best interest.

Specifically, spanking would be banned under the express terms of the UNCRC. Moreover, children would be required to be taught in a religiously “tolerant manner”. (The American Bar Association, which supports the treaty, has already opined that teaching children that Jesus is the only way to God violates the spirit and meaning of the UNCRC.) The ability to homeschool one’s children would become not a right, but a UN-supervised activity that could be overturned if social services personnel believed that it would be “best” for your child to receive another form of education. These are not idle speculations, but the proven result of the UN’s own interpretation of the treaty as they have reviewed other nations’ compliance with the treaty’s provisions.

Here’s the difference: No other major nation in the world has a constitutional provision that makes a provision of a treaty automatically part of the “highest law of the land.” This is the Constitution’s Achilles heel. In every other nation, the UNCRC is a political liability—if ratified in America, it would be an enforceable and binding law.

Under existing Supreme Court precedent, a treaty cannot override an express provision of the U.S. Constitution. But a treaty can override a reserved right (Missouri v. Holland). And a treaty certainly can override either a state constitution or state statute. Parental rights are reserved (or implied) rights; they are not an express provision within the Constitution.

A ratified treaty would clearly threaten our longstanding constitutional recognition of the liberty to raise our children. Moreover, it would instantly override every legislative victory ever won for homeschooling.

A federal district court has already ruled, in two separate cases, that the UNCRC is binding on the United States under the doctrine of customary international law. The Supreme Court has also begun to use the UN Convention, not as binding authority, but as persuasive authority in interpreting the Constitution. For instance, in the recent case Roper v. Simmons, the Court enacted a new statute-like rule that no state may impose the death penalty on juveniles—based in part on the Court’s reading of this UN Convention.

The left does not believe in parental rights and has the legal and political mechanisms in place to fully eradicate this liberty.

What Do We Do?

What we don’t do is wait around for doomsday.

Listen to Winston Churchill once again: “Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong—these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.”

We need to act now, by an express constitutional amendment, to preserve the right of parents to direct and control the upbringing and education of their children.

While state laws and state constitutions are good ideas, they are utterly insufficient on their own because a treaty overrides all forms of state law—no matter if the treaty is actually ratified, or forced upon the nation by the courts through the doctrine of customary international law.

The only solution that works is a United States constitutional amendment. This stops all threats including treaties. Nothing else works in every case.

No interest group in America has ever achieved something this big, at least not since the Eighteenth Amendment enacted prohibition. But God blesses outnumbered people who stand for what is right. As homeschoolers, we have seen His blessing, protection, and victories over political adversaries that were considered overwhelming.

We will not succeed with a tepid plan for a partial victory.

There is no group in America as well situated, as well trained, or as strongly committed to parental liberty as homeschoolers. And we have allies. We need to raise the banner, create a plan for victory, and secure our place in history as the generation that placed the God-given right of parents into the category of expressly protected rights in the U.S. Constitution.

This may take a number of years. But we cannot wait until it is too late to start. Members of Congress will tell us that they are not ready to respond to protect parental rights until the threat is more advanced. We must not believe them. The issue of homosexual marriage is well advanced and they still do nothing.

Parental rights will be an urgent matter in Washington not when the UN Convention agents are at your door, but when sufficient Americans are at the doors of Congress, demanding protection now.

The time to fight is now. HSLDA is drafting a constitutional amendment and circulating it to friendly lawyers and organizations for review and comment. Once the text is done, we will find sponsors in the House and Senate. Achieving sponsorship, passage, and ratification will take an unbelievable effort from all of us and all of our allies. But we must not rest until the amendment becomes law.

Do not think this will be easy. This is the fight of our generation. We will be falsely accused of wanting to protect child abuse. We will be falsely accused of meddling unnecessarily with the sacred Constitution. But we cannot be daunted by such duplicity.

God has given us our children and our citizenship. We must use our citizenship now to make sure that our children will have the same rights as we do to raise the next generation in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Will you stand up now, or will you wait until it is too late?
http://www.hslda.org/parentalrights/default.asp

i Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897-1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James (NY: Chelsea House Publishers, 1974), 6:5592.

LUCIFER’S SEED: THE HPV VACCINE (no way in hell)

HPV Vaccine Hoax Exposed: FDA Documents Reveal HPV “Not Associated with Cervical Cancer”by Mike Adamswww.newstarget.com

A NewsTarget investigation has revealed that the FDA knew as early as 2003 that Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) was not linked to cervical cancer. Despite this knowledge, the FDA, along with key pharmaceutical companies, has continued to push for the use of HPV vaccinations as a defense against cervical cancer, even when its own research showed no link exists.

Today, NewsTarget publishes, “The Great HPV Vaccine Hoax Exposed,” a special report that cites from numerous FDA documents and clinical studies to show that HPV vaccines are not only ineffective, they may actually be dangerous! As revealed in the special report, the Gardasil vaccine has been linked to a 44.6% increase in precancerous lesions in some women, raising serious doubts over the sensibility of mandatory vaccination policies.

The special report is available now at:
http://www.newstarget.com/Report_HPV_Vaccine_0.html

This special report reveals:

• The FDA stating “HPV is not associated with cervical cancer.”

• Evidence that shows HPV vaccines actually increase the risk of precancerous lesions by 44.6% in some women.

• The FDA admitting that “most [HPV] infections are short-lived and not associated with cervical cancer.”

• Why mandatory vaccination policies ultimately lead to the harming of young women.

• Why one shocking study published in JAMA (August, 2007) concluded, “No significant evidence of a vaccine therapeutic effect was observed…” and added, “… rates of viral clearance over a 12-month period are not influenced by vaccination.”

• The real story behind the HPV vaccination frenzy: Disease mongering, corporate profits and junk science.

These revelations (and more) are spelled out in detail in this new special report by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, a consumer health advocate and bioethicist who strongly opposes mandatory vaccination policies. The report is available now at no charge at:
http://www.newstarget.com/Report_HPV_Vaccine_0.html


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URGENT VACCINE ALERT (it starts)

 THIS IS WHERE IT BEGINS:  VACCINES 

December 12, 2007
National Vaccine Information Center
NVIC E-newswww.nvic.org

www.vaccineawakening.blogspot.com

Sticking It To Children in New Jersey

by Barbara Loe Fisher

It wasn’t like any of the parents, who showed up in Trenton on Dec. 10, 2007 to witness members of the New Jersey Public Health Council vote on a new vaccine mandates proposed by state health department officials, were surprised by the thumbs-up 7-2-2 vote by political appointee members of the Council. For the past two decades every time state health department officials have pushed to require children to get another new vaccine to attend school, the new vaccine has been automatically added to state vaccine mandates under rule making authority held by state health officials and without a vote by the people. Hoping to set precedent for other states to follow suit, this time New Jersey officials are ramming through mandates that will ban babies and toddlers from daycare or pre-school without two doses of influenza vaccine and three doses of pneumococcal vaccine while sixth graders will have to show proof by Sept. 1, 2008 that they have gotten a dose of TdaP and meningococcal vaccine.

New Jersey is about to become the first state to make children get flu shots despite a lack of scientific evidence that influenza vaccine is very effective in preventing Type A or Type B influenza in children.
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/333/7574/912
If NJ Health Commissioner Fred Jacobs and NJ Governor Joe Corzine approve the new requirements written by health department officials, then New Jersey will lead the nation in vaccine mandates by forcing children to get 35 doses of 13 vaccines.

Federal and state health officials refuse to publish credible scientific evidence that demonstrates it is necessary or healthy to force children to get so many vaccinations by sixth grade. They also continue to deny that the doubling of the numbers of vaccines mandated for child use over the past quarter century has contributed to the dramatic increase in chronic disease and disability among American children during that same time period. Today, 1 American child in 6 is learning disabled; 1 in 9 has asthma; 1 in 94- 150 develops autism; 1 in 450 is diabetic. New Jersey is reported to have the highest autism rate in the nation: 1 child in 94 living in New Jersey develops autism.
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Sue Collins, co-founder of the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination (NJAICV at www.NJAICV.com) and longtime leader of a grassroots effort to institute conscientious belief exemption to vaccination in New Jersey, said that many parents oppose the new vaccine mandates: “We deserve a choice, not a mandate. It’s our right to decide what toxic substances we inject into our children,” she said. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/1 1/nyregion/11vaccine.html?_r=1&oref=slogin New Jersey Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk (R- Westwood), who is the sponsor of a bill to insert conscientious belief exemption into New Jersey vaccine laws, told the Council “Children of this state are assaulted with shot after shot before they go to school,” she said. “Don’t force it on those who have these objections. This is America. What’s happened to our freedom?”
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The National Vaccine Information Center joins with NJAICV and other organizations representing parents and children opposing the new vaccine mandates and supporting the addition of conscientious belief exemption to vaccine laws in New Jersey, including Advocates for Children’s Health Affected by Mercury Poisoning (A-CHAMP), Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), Autism One, Autism Research Institute, Children Having Everybody Upset About Shots (C.H.E.R.U.B.S), Generation Rescue, Holistic Moms Network, National Autism Association (NAA), Network Organization for Vaccine Awareness and Choice (NOVAC), Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), Taper Safely, Unlocking Autism (UA), and US Autism and Aspergers Association (USAAA). Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs (CoMeD, Inc.) supports replacing all state vaccine mandates with “opt-in” laws and SafeMinds opposes continued use of mercury in vaccines.

The fate of the new vaccine mandates proposed by the NJ state health department now rests with the retiring Commissioner of Health, Fred Jacobs, appointed by Governor Joe Corzine and the Governor himself. Fred Jacobs is expected to rule on the new mandates by Dec. 18 and can be contacted at http://www.state.nj.us/health/commiss/contact.sht ml. Governor Corzine can be contacted at htt p://www.state.nj.us/governor/govmail.html

In addition, New Jersey residents who are interested in contacting their state Assemblyperson or Senator about the need to secure a conscientious belief exemption to vaccination, can find out how to do that at
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch. asp . To help other parents work in New Jersey on this issue, contact NJAICV’s Sue Collins at www.NJAICV.com (See copy of NJ Conscientious Belief Exemption bill below). To find out more about how to educate members of your community about vaccination and the right to informed consent to vaccination, go to NVIC’s website at www.nvic.org or contact NVIC at NVICinfo@gmail.com

New Jersey children in day care, preschool

and sixth grade will be required to have four new vaccinations, under regulations expected to be signed this month.


“Children in New Jersey’s public schools and day care must get two new vaccines by September, state health authorities recommended Monday over objections by parents who fear that immunizations can cause autism. The decision by the Public Health Council will make New Jersey the first state to require annual shots for influenza and bacterial (pneumococcal) pneumonia for infants and toddlers. For sixth-graders, the state also will mandate a meningitis vaccination and a booster for diphtheria/pertussis/ tetanus, or DPT. Parents will have just two ways to opt out: religious conviction or medical necessity. State Health Commissioner Fred Jacobs is expected to approve the regulation by the end of the month.” – Jill R. Capuzzo, The New York Times (December 11, 2007)

“One parent, Anne Downing of Readington, testified about receiving a flu shot when she was pregnant. Today her 7-year-old daughter has autism.”Try having your child bite chunks out of your skin …. or threaten to chop your head off,” she said. “Something’s going on with these vaccines and we don’t want any more mandates.”…….”We have forgotten the seriousness of these diseases,” said Dr. Stephen Rice, a Monmouth County pediatrician. Dr. Robert Morgan, another pediatrician from Monmouth County, asked parents to consider a wider responsibility. “You’re not making a decision just for your child,” Morgan said. “You’re making it for the reading circle at the library, for other children who come along in the family.” But some parents and activists criticized forced immunization as anti- American. They decried the lack of long-term studies on the vaccines’ safety.” – Elise Young, The Record (www.northjersey.co m) (December 11, 2007)

Vaccine Rule Stokes Fears Over Autism The Record
December 11, 2007

by Elise Young

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Children in New Jersey’s public schools and day cares must get two new vaccines by September, state health authorities recommended Monday over objections by parents who fear that immunizations can cause autism.

The decision by the Public Health Council will make New Jersey the first state to require annual shots for influenza and bacterial (pneumococcal) pneumonia for infants and toddlers. For sixth-graders, the state also will mandate a meningitis vaccination and a booster for diphtheria/pertussis/ tetanus, or DPT.

Parents will have just two ways to opt out: religious conviction or medical necessity.

State Health Commissioner Fred Jacobs is expected to approve the regulation by the end of the month.

New Jersey has the country’s highest autism rate, with one in 94 children affected by the neurological disorder that has no known cause or cure. A growing movement of activists believes that vaccines containing the preservative thimerosal are a chief contributor, although the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dismissed the connection.

“There is no scientifically supported evidence that this causes autism,” Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, deputy New Jersey health commissioner and state epidemiologist, told the council Monday. “The facts and the science do not support this opinion.”

One parent, Anne Downing of Readington, testified about receiving a flu shot when she was pregnant. Today her 7-year-old daughter has autism.

“Try having your child bite chunks out of your skin …. or threaten to chop your head off,” she said. “Something’s going on with these vaccines and we don’t want any more mandates.”

Autism can cause a range of behavioral and cognitive problems, from barely noticeable to completely incapacitating. Children whose autism is detected early, and who undergo intensive behavioral, occupational and other therapies appear to have the best chance of leading typical lives.

The 60-year-old Public Health Council, consisting of eight members appointed by the governor, acts as an independent adviser to the Department of Health and Senior Services. Jacobs has the option of rejecting its recommendation, but he has supported such vaccinations in the past.

Authorities on Monday said he will sign the new regulation before he leaves Governor Corzine’s administration for a private-sector job.

The rules will take effect Sept. 1, in time for the school year. To enroll their children in licensed preschool or day care, parents must show proof of vaccination. Sixth-graders who lack their shots will be denied entrance to public school.

The council noted that it has no jurisdiction over children who are home-schooled or attend parochial schools. And no one will force immunizations on youngsters who are not enrolled in out-of-home care.

“If you don’t send your kid to preschool or day care, you don’t have to get the shots,” said Tom Slater, a spokesman for the Department of Health.

Some doctors haven’t waited for a mandate. They said they have routinely given such shots to infants, toddlers and sixth-graders for years, on the advice of federal health authorities and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

At the hearing, pediatricians, nurses and public- health officials called childhood vaccinations one of the country’s great achievements, protecting against mumps, measles, rubella, smallpox, whooping cough, polio and other diseases that can cause grave sickness or death. The benefits of new immunizations, they said, far outweighed the risks.

“We have forgotten the seriousness of these diseases,” said Dr. Stephen Rice, a Monmouth County pediatrician.

Dr. Robert Morgan, another pediatrician from Monmouth County, asked parents to consider a wider responsibility.

“You’re not making a decision just for your child,” Morgan said. “You’re making it for the reading circle at the library, for other children who come along in the family.”

But some parents and activists criticized forced immunization as anti-American. They decried the lack of long-term studies on the vaccines’ safety.

“We deserve a choice, not a mandate,” said Sue Collins, co-founder of the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination.

Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk, R- Westwood, was the sole legislator to testify.

“Children of this state are assaulted with shot after shot before they go to school,” she said. “Don’t force it on those who have these objections. This is America. What’s happened to our freedom?”

Staff Writer Bob Groves contributed to this report. E-mail: younge@northjersey.com

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New rules

By Sept. 1, 2008, New Jersey children in day care, preschool and sixth grade will be required to have four new vaccinations, under regulations expected to be signed this month.

· Age 8 weeks to 4 years, 9 months: Pneumococcal (bacterial) pneumonia

· Age 6 months to 4 years, 9 months: Influenza

· Sixth grade: DPT booster, meningitis

Opting out

Children who do not attend preschool or day care will not be forced to receive the flu and bacterial pneumonia vaccinations. Nor will those who are enrolled in parochial school or who are home- schooled.

Parents may seek two types of exemptions.

· For a medical waiver, a licensed physician must certify that immunization would harm the child.

· For a religious waiver, a parent must certify that the vaccination would “conflict with the pupil’s exercise of bona fide religious tenets or practices.” The law does not allow a child to forgo immunization based solely on philosophical or moral grounds.

Source: N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services

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Flu Shots for Children Grow Near in New Jersey

The New York Times
December 11, 2007

by Jill R. Capuzzo

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TRENTON, Dec. 10 – Despite opposition from numerous parents and children’s rights advocates, a public health advisory panel voted on Monday to require all children in New Jersey who attend preschool or are in day care to get annual flu vaccinations.

Before the vote, some parents who believe in a link between vaccinations and autism spoke against the proposal, but state officials said they did not believe there was such a connection.

The measure, expected to be approved by the state health commissioner in the next week, will make New Jersey the first state in the country to mandate such immunizations.

By a vote of 5 to 2, with two abstentions, the advisory panel, the New Jersey Public Health Council, recommended approval of the flu shot requirement, as well as requiring three other new vaccines for school children. The other immunizations are a vaccine against pneumonia for preschoolers and two vaccines for middle school students, one against a fast-killing strain of meningitis and the other a booster for the immunization against tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria, which is already routinely given in first grade.

Department of Health officials said that they expected the health commissioner, Dr. Fred M. Jacobs, to sign the measure by Dec. 18. The new vaccines would become mandatory on Sept. 1. But those getting immunized against the flu would have until December 2008 because of the shipment dates of the vaccine, said Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, New Jersey’s deputy commissioner of health and state immunologist.

At the start of the standing-room-only public meeting on Monday morning, Dr. Bresnitz outlined his department’s reasons to support requiring the new vaccines, saying that they were important for disease prevention, influenza being the greatest offender. Extrapolating from statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Bresnitz said about 600 New Jersey children are hospitalized annually for influenza.

“Simply put, implementation of these rules will save lives and prevent disease and suffering in children, their families and the community,” Dr. Bresnitz said.

But not all the family and community members who attended the meeting agreed. Some parents of autistic children have argued that the vaccines already required of school-age children may be linked to autism, although many experts say that no solid evidence supports this view. A recent federal study showed that New Jersey leads the nation in its rate of autism, a neurodevelopmental condition the cause of which is still a mystery.

Some advocates and parents have suspected a link between vaccines and autism because thimerosal, a mercury-containing organic compound, has been used as a preservative in some vaccines. Anne Downing , a Readington, N.J., mother of two, said she believed that her 7-year-old daughter’s autism was tied to two vaccines: a flu shot that she got when she was pregnant with her daughter, and a vaccine against pneumonia that the girl received as a baby. Ms. Downing invited the council’s panel to spend a day at her house to see what it was like living with a child who has autism.
“Try having a child bite chunks of skin out of herself, or tell you she’s going to chop your head off, or smear feces over the wall,” said Ms. Downing, referring to the acts of her daughter and her best friend’s son, who also suffers from autism. “Something’s going on with these vaccines, and we don’t want any more mandated.” Dismissing the link between vaccines and autism as “scientifically unfounded,” Dr. Bresnitz also called the thimerosal argument “a moot issue,” since most vaccines are either free of the compound or contain only trace amounts, like the preschool flu vaccine. Moreover, he said, parents could request thimerosal- free formulations of the vaccines. The new flu vaccine will be required annually for all children from 6 months to 5 years old, who attend licensed day care or preschool facilities. State law allows exemptions from the mandated vaccines for religious or medical reasons. Children who are home- schooled are also exempt from the regulations. Sue Collins, a co-founder of the New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination, said that the exemptions were difficult to secure, particularly those based on medical reasons, which state and local officials have the right to challenge, according to Dr. Bresnitz. “We deserve a choice, not a mandate,” Ms. Collins said. “It’s our right to decide what toxic substances we inject into our children.” Speaking on behalf of the new vaccines were two pediatricians and two public health administrators. Sharen Clugston of the New Jersey Association of Public Health Nurse Administrators said, “Vaccines have transformed the landscape of disease.”

Dr. Robert Morgan, a Monmouth County pediatrician, said that over the years he and his colleagues had “seen so many children not only suffer but die from diseases that could be immunized against.”

“That could have been prevented simply by administering a vaccine,” he said.

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ASSEMBLY, No. 165

STATE OF NEW JERSEY
212th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2006 SESSION

Sponsored by:
Assemblywoman CHARLOTTE VANDERVALK
District 39 (Bergen)

Co-Sponsored by:
Assemblymen S.Kean, McKeon,
Assemblywomen Oliver and Lampitt

SYNOPSIS
Provides for conscientious exemption to mandatory immunizations.

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

AN ACT concerning immunization requirements and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. As used in this act:

“Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services.

“Conscientious exemption” means an exemption from a mandatory immunization on the grounds of a sincerely held or moral objection to the immunization.

“Department” means the Department of Health and Senior Services.

“Mandatory immunization” means any vaccination required by the State as a condition for attendance at public or private institutions of higher education, public or private school, kindergarten, nursery school, preschool or child care facilities in New Jersey.

“School” means any public or private institution of higher education, public or private school, kindergarten, nursery school, preschool or child care facility in New Jersey.

“Student” means any person attending a public or private institution of higher education, public or private school, kindergarten, nursery school, preschool or child care facility in New Jersey.

2. a. The department shall provide to all local health departments a standardized form to be used by a student, or if the student is a minor, by the student’s parent or legal guardian, claiming a conscientious exemption from a mandatory immunization. A local health department shall make the form available upon request.

The form shall state that the student, or parent or legal guardian, understands the potential benefits of immunization and the risks in not immunizing. The form shall require, at a minimum, all of the following:

(1) a statement claiming exemption from a specific immunization signed by the student, or if the student is a minor, by the student’s parent or legal guardian, witnessed by the local health officer or the local health officer’s designee;

(2) the name and address of the person who signs the form;

(3) the name of the student seeking exemption from the immunization; and

(4) the school at which the student is enrolled.

b. Upon receipt of a completed form by a local health department, the designated local health officer shall grant a conscientious exemption from a mandatory immunization to a student. A student who is granted a conscientious exemption shall provide the form granting the exemption to officials at the student’s school.

3. a. Any student with a conscientious exemption from a mandatory immunization may be excluded from school during a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or threatened outbreak as determined by the commissioner.

b. Pursuant to the provisions of R.S.26:4-6, a school official may prohibit the attendance of any student who has been granted a conscientious exemption and is under a school official’s control, on the account of a communicable disease, or to prevent the spread of a communicable disease. The school official may also specify the duration of time that the student with a conscientious exemption must remain away from school.

c. A conscientious exemption from a mandatory immunization may be suspended at any time by the commissioner during the existence of an emergency, as determined by the commissioner.

4. The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services shall, pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this act.

5. This act shall take effect on the 90th day following enactment, but the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance as shall be necessary for implementation of the act.

STATEMENT

This bill provides for conscientious exemptions from mandatory immunizations.

Under current law, the State requires certain immunizations for students as a condition for attending public or private institutions of higher education, public or private school, kindergarten, nursery school, preschool and child care facilities in New Jersey.

Provisions in the New Jersey Administrative Code grant students medical and religious exemptions from immunizations. This bill would grant a conscientious exemption from a specific immunization to any person attending a public or private institution of higher education, public or private school, kindergarten, nursery school, preschool or child care facility in New Jersey.

The bill provides that a student seeking a conscientious exemption shall complete a standardized form prepared by the Department of Health and Senior Services. The form shall be submitted to the student’s local health department, which shall grant the exemption. A student with a conscientious exemption shall not be permitted to attend school during a disease outbreak or threatened outbreak, as determined by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services. An conscientious exemption may also be suspended at any time by the commissioner in an emergency. Further, pursuant to N.J.S.A.26:4-6, a school administrator, taking into consideration the spread of a communicable disease, may prohibit the attendance of a student with a conscientious exemption and specify the amount of time the student must remain away from the school.

At present, 19 states permit similar exemptions from mandatory immunizations. This bill would allow New Jersey to join with other states that grant individuals the right to manage their health or their children’s health as they deem appropriate.


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VACCINE NIGHTMARE PROTEST INFO !!!

Maryland State Attorney General Glenn F. Ivey has announced he is willing to criminalize parents if they don’t bring them to the courthouse to have them injected, on the spot, with vaccines that contain methyl mercury — a highly toxic nerve chemical that causes brain damage and is linked to autism. The action is backed by Circuit Judge William D. Missouri, Circuit Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr., and the chairman of the Prince George school board, R. Owen Johnson Jr.

Together, these judges and officials have conspired to turn Maryland into a medical police state, invoking the threat of imprisonment in order to achieve a vaccination goal that has more to do with politics than children’s actual health or safety. By threatening to imprison parents who object to the supposed health benefits of vaccinations, these state officials are effectively conspiring to cause thousands of children to be separated from their parents — a move that would create a humanitarian and public health disaster. This thought has not deterred Attorney General Glenn F. Ivey, who said, “We can do this the easy way or the hard way, but it’s got to get done.” That’s the kind of quote that might be uttered by a corrupt police officer pointing a gun in your face and demanding that you do something you don’t want to do. Actually, that’s not far off base from what the state of Maryland is now asking parents to do: Submit to the harming of their children through the injection of a toxic chemical, all enforced at gunpoint.

These vaccines contain thimerosal, a chemical preservative made, in part, with toxic methyl mercury. This toxic substance was banned decades ago in many countries, but not in the U.S. where corrupt health officials cater to the financial interests of drug companies rather than protecting the public. Read NewsTarget’s full report on Thimerosal here: http://www.newstarget.com/011764.html

NewsTarget is launching a grassroots action campaign to file an avalanche of complaints with the relevant Maryland officials, demanding that they reverse their position on this issue and apologize for threatening to throw parents in jail for refusing to have their children forcibly vaccinated. We believe that Attorney General Ivey — a Democrat — should be ashamed of himself for invoking such tyrannical actions against his own people, and that judges William Missouri and C. Philip Nichols Jr. should be rebuked for conspiring to threaten the free people of Maryland with imprisonment.

Join NewsTarget in complaining to Maryland officials, in your own words, about this outrageous application of state power against the people. Here’s who you can contact:

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley

http://www.governor.maryland.gov/staff.asp
100 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland 21401-1925
Phone: 410.974.3901 • 1.800.811.8336 • MD Relay 1.800.735.2258
Colm O’Comartun, Director of Governor’s Office
Fax: (410) 974-3275
Phone: (410) 974-3901; 1-800-811-8336 (toll free)

Maryland Attorney General Glenn F.

 Ivey

Office of State’s Attorney
Courthouse, Room 349M, 14735 Main St., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Tel: (301) 952-3500/55; Fax: (301) 952-3775

This is the tyrant who is threatening to arrest and imprison parents who fail to get their children vaccinated.

Board of Education

www.pgcps.org/pgboard.html
http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/36loc/pg/html/pge.html#education

Tel: (301) 952-6115
Phone the Board of Ed. office: 301 952-6308 or fax at 952-6114

Elected by Voters to 4-year terms:
R. Owen Johnson, Jr., Chair (chosen by Board in Dec., 4-year term), Dist. 5
Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq., Vice-Chair (chosen by Board in Dec., 4-year term), At Large
Rosalind A. Johnson, Dist. 1
Heather Iliff, Dist. 2
Pat J. Fletcher, Dist. 3
Linda T. Thomas, Dist. 4
Donna Hathaway Beck, At Large
Ronald L. Watson, Ph.D., At Large
Amber P. Waller,* At Large

County Executive

Elected by Voters to 4-year term:
Jack B. Johnson (D), County Executive, 2010
County Administration Building, Suite 5032
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 – 3070
(301) 952-4131
e-mail: wjproctor@co.pg.md.us
web: www.co.pg.md.us/Government/ExecutiveBranch/

Prince George County’s County Health Department

http://www.co.pg.md.us/Government/AgencyIndex/Health/index.asp

Donald Shell, M.D., M.A.
Health Officer
Headquarters Building
1701 McCormick Drive
Suite 200
Largo, Maryland 20774

Tel: (301) 883-7879
Fax: (301) 883-7896

Public Schools

Prince George’s County Public Schools
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
301-952-6000

ACLU already contacted

NewsTarget has also contacted the Maryland ACLU, who told us that they cannot take action on this issue until a parent is actually arrested and charged. But at that point, they may take an interest in this case.

Action Items:

If you feel passionate about this issue and want to take a stand, we urge you to call, fax or email the officials named above.

Be sure to contact the office of Attorney General Glenn F. Ivey as well as the school board office of R. Owen Johnson Jr. These are key players in this latest example of medical tyranny.

You do not have to live in Maryland to make your voice heard on this issue. This impacts us all, because if Maryland officials learn they can get away with this kind of Big Brother Medicine scheme, other states may be inspired to pull out their guns and try the same thing. It is crucial that we remind these officials of what country they live in, and here in the United States, We the People still demand our freedoms and our right to choose what kind of medicine is best for our children.

The dangers of vaccines

What’s clear is that there is a substantial and scientifically validated link between vaccinations and neurological disorders in children. Maryland state officials apparently have no concern over this matter and are enforcing mandatory vaccinations as if the injections were entirely harmless. This myopic view of the safety of pharmaceuticals is typical of state officials and conventional medical doctors, both of whom are almost always influenced to a large degree by the financial aims of powerful pharmaceutical companies. (Doctors, for example, aren’t even taught about the dangers of mercury in vaccines and are told that ALL drugs are safe for use on children, even if those drugs have never been tested on children!)

Due to the enormous amount of information now available about the dangers of vaccinations, there is no question that concerned parents have a right — if not the responsibility — to consciously object to the harming of their children via such vaccines. Rejecting mandatory vaccinations is one of the most responsible health decisions an informed parent can make. It is, in fact, all the mindless parents who submit to such vaccinations who are demonstrating a complete lack of concern for the health of their children. These are, no doubt, the same parents who feed their children processed foods, soda pop and school lunches (which contain numerous harmful chemical additives such as sodium nitrite, sodium benzoate and artificial food colors).

Join NewsTarget in taking action, and we’ll help put a stop to this medical tyranny. If there’s one thing state Attorneys General hate worse than parents who won’t get their kids vaccinated, it’s waking up to an avalanche of screaming angry parents from all across the country who are tired of being criminalized for merely protecting their children from the dangers of vaccines.

Listen to the Health Ranger Report podcast

I’ve just posted an urgent audio podcast Health Ranger Report on this issue. You can download it here:
www.NewsTarget.com/Podcasts/HealthRangerReport006-LoFi.mp3

Additional Reading:

Check out the coverage on this topic from across the ‘net:

Health Crusader:
www.healthtruthrevealed.com/full-page.php?id=14394731711&&page=article

Prison Planet:
www.prisonplanet.com/articles/november2007/141107_no_law.htm
(Be sure to watch the Fox News video at the end of this article.)

Vaccine Truth:
www.VaccineTruth.com

Articles on Thimerosal:
www.newstarget.com/thimerosal.html

Washington Post report:
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/13/AR2007111301408.html

Educate yourself. Stay informed and empowered. Do not tolerate medical tyranny in your community or country!

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VACCINE NIGHTMARE IN MARYLAND (video)

AND YOU THOUGHT THIS DAY WOULD NEVER COME.

NOT ONLY ARE WE LATE TO THE TABLE, WE INVITED

SATAN AND FED HIM OUR KIDS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6Vj0EX_STU

Or maybe you think vaccines are good little medicines.

Time to grow up people. There is alot going on here. More than you know.

Ignorance has allowed this to happen.

CNN AND YOU TUBE HIDING VACCINE VIDEO?

CLICK AND LEARN

http://www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?video_id=G6z3htbpq70&eurl=&iurl=http%3A//img.youtube.com/vi/G6z3htbpq70/default.jpg&t=OEgsToPDskL0SOlO7sFIUxfSGRAvSklE&rel=1&border=0

URGENT VACCINATION INFO (time is running out)

The numbers I do show me that vaccinations have been used for FAR MORE than just to immunize people. Most people won’t believe that- but that is costing you and me our liberty.

If you have yet to phone your state reps on this issue of MANDATORY VACCNINATIONS then you are part of the problem, and we need SOLUTIONS. Your voice is needed TODAY.

There may be more going on here than you know. What are they putting our bodies? Do you trust what they tell you? I don’t. I have very strong PHILOSOPHICAL OBJECTIONS to vaccination. As do more and more people.  God gave us everything we need in nature to protect and heal us.

And nature isn’t expensive. Nature loves you and is honest with you.

We, as a collective nation are being challenged today in the state of Maryland ! There are parents facing Jail TODAY because they feel as I do.

Please, this is so serious. If these parents in Maryland don’t have some support from other parents around the country, we are sunk.

Call you state rep today and DEMAND these parents be allowed to take the expemptions they are legally entitled to.

Lastly, you better find out where your presidential candidate stands on VACCINATIONS befor you vote for them. This is a MUCH BIGGER issue than most people are willing to concede.

If you are forced to take a vaccination for your child, then here is my humble advice. Before you take that child to the doctor, for days and days, fill them with as much water as they can possibly drink. Before they drink it, pray over it wit your hands. In the name of Jesus. Ask that the water act as a nuetrilizer of the vaccine, so that all effects are voided and negated. If you are a Reiki Master, then please consider delivering a full Reiki treatment to your child before hand. And AFTER the shots. Continue to give water and more water for at least one full month.

But, hopefully, it won’t come to that.

Get informed.

http://www.909shot.com/state-site/legal-exemptions.htm#phi