Kimberly Wilder writes:
NY State Senate Bill S4779 concerns allowing minors to receive vaccines for STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) without their parents’ consent or knowledge. According to an action alert by Rita M. Palma at MyKidsMyChoice, the vaccines covered include Hep-B and Gardasil.
Some of the public discourse is represented below. The various angles include: Libertarians who oppose this bill as a way to take choice of health care from parents and give that choice to the medical industry, educators and vaccine manufacturers; Parents who want to protect their rights to guide their children’s choices and health care; Education advocates who see vaccines as a probable cause of learning disabilities and autism, who do not want mass vaccinations of children; Pro-life/anti-abortion advocates who believe that the government should not condone children having sexual intercourse; Pro-choice advocates who believe the bill is needed to give young people realistic, sexual information and medical attention to keep them protected from STD’s.
The Libertarian viewpoint is from an outside blog source. Other sources include my own, green-centered blog with anonymous input, and e-mail action alerts I have received from friends.
One Libertarian perspective:
from Serf City, described as “New York Politics from a Libertarian Perspective”
Help Defeat Bad Vaccine Bills in Albany Tomorrow [expected vote was for 2/9/2010]
By Jim Lesczynski
The Coalition for Informed Choice has issued an urgent action alert regarding a vote tomorrow on draconian vaccine legislation working its way through Albany.
S4779 and A6702 would permit all present and future vaccines and drugs for sexually transmitted diseases to be given to New York children without parental consent. The Senate codes committee is expected to vote on the bill on Tuesday.
If this legislation is enacted, parents would be replaced by school administrators and public health bureaucrats as the key decision-makers regarding their children’s health care.
If a child has a drug or vaccine reaction, the parents won’t know
what is happening or how to help. Anonymous vaccine administrators don’t know the child’s medical history, vaccine contraindications, allergies, and past vaccine reactions.
Keep in mind that these bills apply to all children, with no age limit. Theoretically, bureaucrats would have the green light to start administering STD vaccines in kindergarten.
Another Assembly bill, A778, makes HPV vaccines mandatory for all New York children beginning in the sixth grade. Keep in mind that HPV is only a risk if the child is sexually active. Fortunately, there is no “same as” bill in the Senate, so this legislation is less of an immediate threat.
from an e-mail from “Lisa Rudley”, forwarded to me by a friend:
Thank you for copying all your letters and sharing your responses with us. Today New Yorkers made an impact on contacting the entire legislature. As I spoke to various offices at the end of the day they already knew the bills I was opposing. All offices received many calls, faxes and emails. At this point many of the staffers for the Senators on the Codes Committee could not verify which way they were going to vote tomorrow, however, we know that 4 of the 16 are definitely opposing S4779. If anyone as any more feedback please email firstname.lastname@example.org Also, Rita Palma and I spoke on the Al Roney WGY Radio show (Albany) and Rita spoke on the Gary Null radio show today. Many New Yorkers were listening and took action.
A number of New Yorkers will be attending the Codes Committee Meeting, tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at 10:30AM. We know that some of the media will also be in attendance. If anyone is heading up to Albany, please meet us at the Capitol Building in Room 123. My cell number is 917.414.9190 to connect. For those of you who can not attend the committee meeting, it’s being streamed live. Please go to this site to view the meeting live: http://www.nysenate.gov/event/2010/feb/09/codes-meeting
I want to let everyone know that the newly formed organization, NY Alliance for Vaccination Choice (NYAVC) will be launching a website shortly. We will need your help and support with NYAVC to continue to be proactive for vaccination choice in New York. We are collaborating with all the “choice” organizations in New York and from across the country to better serve all New Yorkers. There is more to come on NYAVC.
Finally, thank you to everyone who picked up the phone or sent a fax or email. Every contact has made a difference. Even with this short notice, New Yorkers rose to the occasion with passion and devotion in our quest for vaccination choice. I will report back tomorrow after our Albany trip.
NY Alliance for Vaccination Choice (NYAVC)-newly formed
from a friend of mine who is a mom and an Education Advocate:
WE OPPOSE BILL S4779/ A6702: Please vote against these bills.
We firmly believe in,” It’s our kids, our choice”. Government has no right to dictate to us about our Religious or Philosophical beliefs. Our country was founded on the belief of religious freedom, and this issue shakes up and looks to destroy the very core of what this country is suppose to stand for. We have not nor do we intend to relinquish our religious or philosophical freedoms due to pharmaceutical company lobbyists and their plan to make money by infecting our children’s otherwise health bodies with toxins that they have yet to prove do no real harm.
The jury is still out on what these vaccinations can truly do to a young child’s neuro-biological system. If I had the opportunity to do it all over again, I would never allow my children to be vaccinated with certain chemicals, which might have been the cause of so many allergic reactions and the cause of one of my child’s autism.
With that said, I hope you vote against these bills, and reach out to others in the senate/assembly to do the same. Rally against this campaign, which only serves to harm more children than we will ever know about.
The number of children with Autism and other neuro-biological learning disorders are increasing every day and no one knows that better than I do. As an Education Advocate who fights for the rights of these very children, I can speak to the pain and suffering the passage of these bills would cause. If we are genuinely interested in bring fiscal responsibility to NYS, then let this be one of the vetoed bills that can do that. When we allow our children to be subjected to vaccinations, which have yet to be proven safe, and the cause of so many learning disabilities, we burden the school system with unnecessary financial burdens in special education. We burden the children’s parents with legal bills paid to fight to get their children an appropriate education.
The pharmaceutical companies are rich enough and they continue to get richer every day with the high rising cost of medicines. Why then aren’t we asking these companies to foot a percentage of the bill that it takes to fund special education? Instead, our taxes go up every year to pay for these children special education. I bet if we started asking the pharmaceutical companies for that tax money they would stop asking us to infect our children bodies with their vaccinations, which contain chemicals that harm our kids.
Respectfully and sincerely yours,
Mrs. Rosemarie C. Komorowski
And, my last example, is an enrolled Green Party member from New York, who privately said that he thinks the bill is needed to help young people get access to medical care.
Related Story at IPR:
In October 2009, The Constitution Party held a rally in Suffolk County against mandatory flu vaccinations.