1. Support a personal belief exemption in Maryland that will protect Maryland parents’ constitutional rights and freedoms against coerced vaccinations!!!
2. Sign the Hands Off Our Kids Coalition Letter for Maryland from Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and Physicians!!!!! http://www.aapsonline.org/vaccines/gov-omalley-letter.php
On November 17, 2007, the Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro in Prince George County will step across the line of an unbiased judicial system and intimidate Maryland parents into forcibly vaccinating their children without notifying parents that they can opt out of the vaccinations on medical or religious grounds.
The Court is holding the first of a set of hearings without formal summons, ‘quasi’ hearings, that have only been advertised by the schools and health department in a press release, to facilitate the schools’ and Health Department’s orchestrated round-up of parents who do no vaccinate their children. http://www1.pgcps.org/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=30952.
The Court’s collaboration has gone so far as to promising to offer a judge’s verbal reprimand to all parents that show up and offering Court facilities for an on-site clinic for those parents who are intimidated into vaccinating their child on- the- spot. No notice has been sent to parents of their rights to opt out of the vaccinations based on religious and medical grounds.
The State’s attorney has already set the stage in the efforts to intimidate by sending out a threatening letter to parents telling them that they are aware that their children are about to be withdrawn from the public schools because they have not provided proof that they have received all required vaccinations, and telling them that unexcused absences by children may subject parents to criminal charges and jail time of up to 10 days and fines as such as $50 for each day a child is not in school, and that they should get their children vaccinated to avoid prosecution.
Neither the state’s attorney letter, nor the school and Department of Health press release has informed parents that Maryland parents can opt out of vaccinations for their children on religious or medical grounds. MARYLAND PARENTS WHO DO NOT WANT TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN VACCINATED CAN ALREADY OBTAIN AN EXEMPTION FROM IMMUNIZATION IF THEY CLAIM A RELIGIOUS OR MEDICAL REASON FOR WANTING TO REFUSE VACCINATIONS. http://www.vaclib.org/exempt/maryland.htm
National Health Freedom Action (NHFA), www.nationalhealthfreedom.org views forcing parents to vaccinate their children before being able to access public education is an egregious abuse of police power and smacks of a medical police state mentality! NHFA opposes efforts by any government entity to infringe on the right of individuals to make their own health care choices, or on the right of parents to make health care decisions for their children. NHFA support the principles in many state laws which give parents the right to philosophical exemptions from vaccine schedules.
All states except West Virginia and Mississippi give parent the right to exemptions based on religious beliefs. Eighteen (18) other states have a broad category of exemption based on personal, philosophical, and conscientiously health beliefs according to the national Vaccine Information Center www.NVIC.org. They are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.
Maryland needs this broader exemption for those families and parents who do not want their children vaccinated. Maryland parents want to protect their parental rights in making health care and safety decisions for their children.
Personal belief exemptions read like this:
“Immunization of any person, adult or child, shall not be required if the vaccination is contrary to that person’s personal, philosophical, or conscientiously held beliefs, or in the case of a minor child, those beliefs of the parent or guardian.”
Support a personal belief exemption in Maryland that will protect constitutional personal freedoms and ban forced vaccinations!!
Prepared by Diane Miller, Legal and Public Policy Director, National Health Freedom Action