Last week, the California Education
Committee voted in favor of SB 277, a bill that
would eliminate all personal belief exemptions to vaccination. Under this law,
the only way for a child to attend public school without being vaccinated would
be through a very difficult-to-get medical waiver. We and others issued alerts
to our California members, but even the large number of messages our supporters
sent protesting the bill did not turn the tide in a committee stacked with
The bill’s next stop is the state’s Senate Judiciary
Committee. It is imperative that we kill this as soon as possible. The
more success this bill has as it winds its way through California’s legislative
process, the more proponents of similar legislation in other states will be
emboldened to continue their efforts to needlessly force vaccinations on our
Write to your state senator and tell him or her to vote NO
on SB 277.
Please personalize and add your own comments if you have time!
Please Vote NO on SB 277!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I understand the Senate Education Committee has just approved SB 277, which would eliminate all personal belief exemptions to vaccinations. This bill has serious ramifications for children, their parents, and patients in general.Parents have a right to make their own decisions about treatments for their children based on informed consent. Limiting a patient's ability to make informed decisions about what gets put into his or her body violates medical ethics.I know that the vaccination question is a hotly debated topic, even in the medical community. There is an abundance of evidence, for instance, that shows the dangers of exposure to even small amounts of mercury, which can still be found in flu vaccines. Studies have linked mercury to severe neurological effects and even autism. Despite the widely touted belief that the link between vaccines and autism has been "debunked," researchers found 83 cases of autism among those compensated by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for vaccine-induced brain damage.You don't need to take my word for it. The pharmaceutical companies themselves have acknowledged the dangers of their products. One of the fathers of Merck's vaccine program warned the company that six month olds would suffer dangerous exposure to mercury after being vaccinated. Eli Lilly conducted studies which concluded that thimerosal, the vaccine preservative that contains mercury, was toxic in concentrations as low as one part per million, which is 100 times weaker than the concentration found in some flu vaccines.Congress needs to face the facts: vaccines are not 100% safe -- nor are they guaranteed to stop diseases. From 2005 to 2014, no child in America died from measles, yet 108 babies died from the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine. I'm also troubled by the recent testimony from a CDC whistleblower which suggests a longstanding attempt by the CDC to cover up any adverse data on the safety of the MMR. Other experts believe the overloading of a young immune system with so many vaccines at once can cause genetic changes. Some generally support vaccinations but wish there were more scientific clarity.However, I think we all can agree that we need to keep information clear, unambiguous, and uncensored, and to allow people to make informed choices for themselves and their families -- especially when so much information and evidence exists of the possible dangers posed by some vaccines. Current law protects both my family's health and our right to make our own healthcare choices, and I call upon you to vote NO on SB 277 and to oppose ANY legislation that would remove exemptions for vaccines.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]