By Pat Bradley (WAMC News) • May 29, 2015
Following weeks of intense debate, Vermont's governor has signed controversial legislation that will prevent parents from opting their children out of vaccinations for philosophical reasons.
House Bill 98, signed by Governor Peter Shumlin without fanfare on Thursday, eliminates the exemption that allowed parents to opt their children out of vaccinations for philosophical reasons. The governor issued a statement that "…parents should get their kids vaccinated…" and that he had hoped legislation passed three years ago "…had worked to sufficiently increase vaccination rates. However we're not where we need to be to protect our kids from dangerous diseases…"
The Vermont Division of the March of Dimes is a member of the Vermont Immunization Action Network. Executive Director Roger Clapp says it should mean an increase in the state's immunization rate. "There are a number of kids who – for medical reasons or because of their immune systems – are unable either to get vaccinated, or when they do get vaccinated, their immune systems don't react the same way as most of us, and they remain vulnerable to these communicable diseases. And so, really to protect those kids, and to protect all of us, from an epidemic, it's important to have at least a 90 percent vaccination rate. And we think that by eliminating the philosophical exemption, we're going to hit that target."
Dennis Morrisseau of West Pawlet is a supporter of the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice, which had worked to retain the exemption. He believes the bill is unconstitutional, and expects there may be lawsuits in the wake of the governor's signature. "We're the first state in the nation to strip parental rights away from parents over their children's health care. We are the first medically fascist state in the United States. And that's what the signature means. There was no reason to do it. There was no need to do it. There is absolutely no emergency of any sort. The vax rates are very high here in Vermont. There wasn't a reason on this Earth to sign such an idiot bill as that one, but Shumlin did it anyway."
Morrisseau believes the medical science regarding vaccinations remains unsettled, and says there's too much profit-mongering by pharmaceutical companies. "If you're going to vaccinate, it'd better be on an emergency basis. Something we really all need or we're going to die. Or you better allow those of us who think these things are dangerous to opt out. I will opt out anyway. No one is putting anything in my body or doing any medical procedure on me that I don't want. I'll shoot first. There's no way you're doing it. That's the level of passion you're up against."
While Clapp expects supporters of the exemption will try to resurrect it, he adds that the governor's signature brings finality to the issue – at least in the short term. "The legislature will want to see what the impact of this is, so I'll be surprised if the legislature will have any real appetite to take this back up over the next couple of years."
The law eliminating Vermont's philosophical exemption goes into effect on July 1, 2016.
Australia: everyone must get vaccinated, except the Prime Minister's daughters
2006: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused to vaccinate his daughters
Meet vaccine refuser, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
by Jon Rappoport
Apr 26, 2015 (59 comments)
We’re talking about Tony Abbott, who just ruled from on high that there are no more exemptions from vaccines in Australia.
No more conscientious objections, no more religious exemptions. Only the rare medical exemption, permitted by a doctor. And suddenly, every family who refuses vaccinations for their children will lose up to $15,000 per year, per child, in federal support money. Every family in Australia is eligible for federal money.
Tony has officially ripped away citizens' right to choose. Australia is now officially a medical police state.
Back in 2006, Tony was singing a very different tune concerning his own daughters.
On November 9, 2006, news.com.au had the story: "Abbott rules out cancer vaccine for his daughters" (see also theaustralian.com.au "I could be seen as 'cruel' on Gardasil: Abbott"):
"FEDERAL Health Minister [at the time] Tony Abbott has said that while he may be seen as a 'cruel, callow, callous, heartless bastard', he would not be rushing to have his own daughters vaccinated [with the HPV shot] against cervical cancer.
"'I won’t be rushing out to get my daughters vaccinated, maybe that's because I'm a cruel, callow, callous, heartless bastard but, look, I won't be,' Mr Abbott said on Southern Cross radio."
How interesting. How revealing. Tony Abbott, a vaccine refuser. Then. But now he's the Pope of forced vaccinations for all Australians, whether they want them or not.
I don't see Australian media outlets rushing to cover this contradiction. A reader pointed me to the 2006 article. Otherwise I never would have known about Tony's double life.
Back in 2006, Tony had a bizarre justification for his anti-vaccine stance. The news.com.au article spells it out:
Tony: "If there is a national immunisation program [that includes the HPV shot], I certainly will be making sure that they [his daughters] get vaccinated under the program."
Tony: "The [national] program is what the experts think clearly is absolutely necessary, and at the moment the experts don't think this [HPV shot] is absolutely necessary."
The article continues:
"The PBAC [Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee] yesterday knocked back the application from Australian manufacturer CSL to make the Gardasil [HPV] vaccine available free to all females aged 12 to 26.
"Gardasil halts the spread of sexually-transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes 70 per cent of cervical cancers. At present it costs $460 for the recommended three doses.
"The PBAC said it made the decision because the vaccine program – which would have cost about $625 million during its first four years – was not value for money."
Let me take this apart.
Tony was saying he wouldn't have his daughters vaccinated with the HPV shot because there was no national program for it.
That's like saying, "If the supermarket doesn't sell cherries, I won't let my daughters eat them."
You see, the only reason a national program to vaccinate girls with the HPV shot wasn't instituted, in 2006, was because of money. The cost vs. value of the program was determined to be "not worth it."
Conventional researchers, doctors, and vaccine manufacturers in Australia were quite confident, in 2006, that the vaccine was safe and effective. Otherwise, they never would have considered it, in the first place, for the national vaccine program.
(As far I'm concerned, HPV is one of the most useless and dangerous vaccines in existence, but for the purposes of this argument, we're talking about the conventional mainstream view.)
Tony was deciding to reject what he considered to be a safe and effective vaccine for his own daughters – for whatever bizarre reasons he cared to advance. Because he had the right to choose. And because he held a high post in government. And because he decided he could do whatever he wanted to do.
But now, flashing forward nine years, Tony is telling every person in Australia what they have to do. No choice. No freedom. No right to seek out information independently and make a decision based on that information.
Australia is a medical police state, with Tony, the old vaccine refuser, at the helm.
If that isn't cause for uproar in the Land Down Under, what is?
"Hi, I'm Tony. I'm your boss, your ruler, your King. What I say goes. For you. But not necessarily for me. That's the way it works, don't you know? The King makes rules for everyone else, but he can do what he damn well pleases. He's above the rules. He's different. He's the Lord of the idiots and slaves, but he himself is free. That's the deal. It's none of your business. Just keep your eyes straight ahead and your mouths shut and march forward. That's your fate. I so command it."
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