THEY ARE TRYING TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR KIDS ! ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION?

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Docs interagate kids to spy on parents?

NaturalNews.com

Originally published March 3 2008

Doctors Interrogate Children as Informants on Parents’ Behavior

by David Gutierrez

(NaturalNews) Encouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), pediatricians across the United States have begun questioning children about their parents’ habits, in some cases even filing police reports based on this information, according to an opinion article published in the Boston Herald.

Article author Michael Graham recounts that his own children were asked by their doctor whether their parents used drugs and alcohol, owned guns, or were abusive. The doctor did not seek parental permission before asking the questions, nor did he inform them that they were being asked; Graham and his wife found out only after their children came home from the visits.

“The doctor wanted to know how much you and mom drink, and if I think it’s too much,” Graham reports his daughter saying. “She asked if you two did drugs, or if there are drugs in the house. The doctor wanted to know how we get along. And if, well, Daddy, if you made me feel uncomfortable.”

Graham also reports the case of an Uxbridge, Massachusetts man who had his legal gun ownership reported to the police by his daughter’s doctor. The doctor filed a police report after asking the 5-year-old girl if her father owned a gun, then following up with questions to her and her mother about the type and number of the weapons.

Graham blames the trend on guidelines issued by the AAP, which classifies parents as “persons of interest” and encourages doctors to ask children questions in order to uncover inappropriate or illegal behavior.

“The paranoia over parents is so strong that the AAP encourages doctors to ignore ‘legal barriers and deference to parental involvement’ and shake the children down for all the inside information they can get,” Graham writes.

According to Graham, anti-gun advocacy by pediatricians is widespread enough that “some states are considering legislation to stop it.”

“What this interrogation of children demonstrates,” added consumer health advocate Mike Adams, “is just how deeply the medical establishment now believes it has total authority over the lives of patients. This kind of behavior is arrogant, outrageous and should be outlawed,” Adams said.

 HERE’S AN EASY SOLUTION:  GO WITH YOUR YOUNGER CHILD FOR ALL VISITS INSIDE THE ROOM. Also, inform your doctor, in writing, that these kinds of questions are not to be asked of your child, as you consider it an invasion of YOUR PRIVACY and theirs. Verbalize this to the doc in front of the teen, or child, and explain yourself openly. Personally, I find this OUTRAGEOUS !!!  I don’t drink or do drugs, and I don’t own a gun. If docs see bruises on a kid, or the child appears to be calling out for help, that’s different. But fishing is NOT acceptable.


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URGENT: Do not give your kids vaccines.

Kids Vaccine Linked to Fever, Seizures

By MIKE STOBBE,
AP
Posted: 2008-02-27 20:48:52
ATLANTA (AP) – Children suffered higher rates of fever-related convulsions when they got a Merck & Co. combination vaccine instead of two separate shots, according to a new study presented Wednesday.
Do you own any of Satan’s stock?

DEAR VACCINE PANEL : Leave us the hell alone !

All Kids Must Get Flu Vaccine, Panel Says

By Maggie Fox,
Reuters
Posted: 2008-02-27 19:58:55
Filed Under: Health News
WASHINGTON (Feb. 28) – All U.S. children aged from six months up to 18 should be immunized every year against influenza, a panel of federal vaccine advisers said on Wednesday.
Please click the link and go register your vote against this insanity. I wouldn’t let this government touch me or my kids with a ten foot pole anymore. You gotta be kidding me. I pulled my own children out of school for homeschooling over mandated vaccines. Oh, and the fake history and science they teach.

HUCKABEE AND MCCAIN ON HOMESCHOOLERS AND MANDATED VACCINES

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Maryland and New Jersey recently set the Bar. Vaccines WILL be mandated and if you don’t like it, you can take your kids out of school. We’ll get to you later. Vaccines will be the delivery system for the worst kind of genetic manipulation this world has ever known. Mothers everywhere know it, and it’s solid in the numbers I ran. HPV being the worst of them. DO NOT GIVE YOUR DAUGHTERS THIS VACCINE. Did you know that there are men on this planet who not only hate women, but view them only as wombs? Nothing like a Tailor Made Womb for thier future warriors, progammed with hate (in advance) and worse. I’m sorry, but you will have to wake up. Do it now.

More and more families are choosing to homeschool for THIS REASON ALONE.  They are saying NO to vaccines, and they are saying it with their wallets/jobs and their political clout. ENTER MIKE HUCKABEE.

Mike Huckabee is the ONLY candidate talking about protecting the right of parents to homeschool their kids. Make no mistake, the powers that be, WANT TO INJECT BS into your daughters ! The intention is not just about greed, sadly. It’s way worse than that. This is an educated opinion, based on research I have done for two years, and on the numbers I have run. Even Bipolar disorder is a product of genetic manipulation, through food, water and air, and more. Whether they intended to drive our youth insane, I don’t know, but they are messing with our biology and the freak results are not being discussed. Let’s save the FLOURIDE conversation for another day.

Mike Huckabee understands the desire for homeschooling, and he will uphold parents rights. There is NO MORE IMPORTANT ISSUE TO ME PERSONALLY. I don’t hear anyone else talking about it, or this insane MANDATE FOR VACCINES. When push comes to shove, I have to seriously consider what is most important to me. IT’S THE CHILDREN. 

I am not alone. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, learned the hard way. PARENTS WILL FIGHT. Unfortuanatley, the nation was fast asleep to the vaccine debacle in Maryland, and those childen and families lost the fight. It’s now precedent. You will soon learn what I am talking about. If you have kids under 15, be prepared to surrender their arms and bottoms to the state !

Mike Huckabee is a compassionate conservative. More conservative than I like, but THIS is an important issue to our family. Big Time. So, I am looking at him more closely, despite the other issues we part on.  Mitt Romney has already shown he has no respect for the lives of little people, of any age. He remains silent on the BLACKWATER killings of women and children.  John McCain had better start speaking to MANDATED VACCINES AND THE RIGHTS OF HOMESCHOOLERS AND PARENTS, or I have a brand new topic to rant on.

Go here and bookmark this site: get their newsletter and donate to their cause /our cause:

http://www.nvic.org/

Please understand who is in control of the FDA, the CDC, the National Institutes of Health and more. It’s not good.

“Governor Romney’s address will replace the previously scheduled presentation by Dr. Lester Crawford, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. Crawford announced his resignation from the FDA post on September 23rd.”

This is simply more than curious. While looking for connections between Bain Capital and Boston Logan Airport, I stumbled across this. And, it’s one of my favorite issues. THE FDA.

Even if Romney loses, and that is a big IF, he will still be galavanting about the Universe, taking over.

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ON THE MENU 

— Vaccine Technologies in the 21st Century — Several recent announcements pushed vaccines back into the limelight of the life-sciences industry. In September, Novartis announced a bid for the shares of Chiron, and GSK agreed to acquire ID Biomedical. This news signaled an intensifying commercial interest in vaccine therapeutics and spawned speculation about this therapeutic category’s prospects and pitfalls. This panel will discuss the dominant trends in this category, focusing on the latest vaccine technologies coming out of Canada and the U.S

http://www.bioportfolio.com/oct_05/07_10_2005/Massachusetts_Governor_Mitt.html

DEMOCRATS: WE ARE OFF TOPIC. THE NEWS MEDIA WANTS TO TALK ABOUT ECONOMY BECAUSE WE’RE IDIOTS

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From the time I woke up this morning, to right now, all networks are talking only word: ECONOMY. They will spend all day talking about the economy. They just now said it again. THE ECONOMY, they say is our #1 concern. This is a lie. They lie to you and I. Why? Because they are bought and sold by the very people who have stolen our democracy.

HERE’S MY ADVICE TO YOU . You won’t get better advise my friend. There is only one way to end this nightmare. DISENGAGE FROM THE BS. Stop buying stuff. Effective now. Dedicate 2008 as the year you stopped buying shit. Also, I suggest to you that you sign up for the undecided column, and wait and see where we go as a party from here. Get out of Edwards column. Get out of Hillary’s column. Get out of Obama’s column. I wish we had some REAL leadership right now. But, we don’t. What we have is each other and the power of our collective wallet, voice and vote. I don’t care about the damn economy. The Power Elite have complete control of our economy. Big Oil made record profits and they are Bush’s best friends. The banks made billions of dollars in bad loans, knowing it would crash and here we are.  They control the economy. Period. If YOU want to control the economy – you can. You can stop buying their stuff.

 I care about the war in Iraq, the upcoming war in Iran, our homeless vets, mandatory vaccines, the corrupt beef industry, our health freedoms, THE PATRIOT ACT, and all the things Obama, Hils and Edwards won’t talk about, except as a nice little poem. The media own these poeple, and the Global Elite own the Media, and you really don’t want to know who owns the Global Elite do you.

There is no time left. This is it. WHAT WILL YOU DO.

Please, we must join together, fearlessly and stand united. Stop buying anything that is not food or shelter and basic needs. Get rid of your big fat cars and go small. Conserve gas. Conserve electricity. Buy used clothing. I’ve been doing it for years, and I look fabulous ! Have a yard sale and sell your junk. Give that money away if you can. If not, please use it wisely. Don’t buy their stuff. If you cannot dedicate for this, then nothing else you are doing has any power.

Keep blogging about the things you care about. DON’T LET THEM TELL US WHAT MATTERS TO US.

The people in positions in power who may understand this debate, will no longer fight for people who will not fight for themselves. WHY WOULD THEY ? They will cave to the enormous pressure on them from above.

Now get going.

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

From Court Report Cover Story

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.
http://www.northjersey.co m/page.php? qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkyJmZnYmVsN2Y 3dnFlZUVFeXk3MDczNzMy

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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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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