If you’re an Ohio resident, it’s time to pay close attention.
It doesn’t matter if you’re for vaccines or against them — if you receive some, all, or none of them. What matters right now is if you believe that that decision should rest with families, and not with the government. This affects families who get “everything but the flu shot” or “everything but Gardasil” as much as it does families who receive no vaccines.
There is a new bill that has been proposed, HB 564. It will strip us of many of our rights — and we must stop it.
Watch Out, Ohio: They’re Coming for Your Vaccine Rights
More and more, the scientific evidence is showing that vaccines may not be as safe or effective as we’ve been led to believe. Several people — including many prominent doctors and medical professionals — are starting to speak out and ask questions. They’re starting to wonder why things might be happening, and if vaccines may play a role.
Meanwhile, the “other side” is simply standing there, screaming, “You are all stupid. Vaccines and safe and effective, the end. If you keep asking questions, we will just take away your right to choose!”
Vaccines are a medical procedure. Informed consent should be required to get them. Increasingly, it’s not. The government and the schools are trying to make these decisions for people, but threatening to take away their right to a public education if they do not comply. This is not okay.
HB 564, in particular, would allow:
- Schools to vaccinate children without parental consent, if deemed “necessary” (ETA: This language is apparently already in the current version of the law, and basically allows schools to provide vaccines to children *without* an exemption on file if parents cannot afford them)
- Remove the philosophical exemption entirely
- Require parents to visit a doctor for “education” before using any other exemption
This is a problem because we should not even need exemptions to exercise our right to make medical decisions for our own bodies and our children’s bodies.
Additionally, such “education” is usually extremely biased, heavily weighted on the side on “Vaccines are great, there are little to no risks, and your child will die and kill others without them.” This is not an accurate picture of the risk vs benefit of vaccines. And, most people who have chosen to opt out, already know far more about vaccines and illnesses than many who choose to opt in.
We should not have to jump through hoops to exercise our rights. We must stop this bill.
How to Stop the Bill
First, please sign this petition. This is the simplest way to let your government know you do not agree with this measure, and it will only take you a few seconds.
Second, please contact the representatives who are sponsoring or co-sponsoring the bill and let them know you’d like them to withdraw support and end this bill. Please be courteous, but be firm.
Here are the representatives:
Dan Ramos – House District 56 – (614) 466-5141 (sponsor of the Bill)
John Boccieri – House District 59 – (614) 466-6107 (co-sponsor)
Janine Boyd – House District 9 – (614) 644-5079 (co-sponsor)
Nickie Antonio – House District 13 – (614) 466-5921 (co-sponsor)
and also the House Speaker:
Cliff Rosenberger – District 91 – (614) 466-3506
Here is a sample email, which you may use or modify as needed:
I am writing to you today to talk to you about HB 564. I would like to ask you to withdraw your support for this bill. It is extremely important to me to protect a parents’ right to choose medical procedures for their children. The government should have no role in this. It’s popular, these days, to take away a parent’s rights because more parents are asking questions, but removing someone’s rights because they have chosen to exercise them is not ethical in the slightest.
More and more science is coming out, showing that vaccines may not be as safe and effective as we thought. Because there is absolutely no scientific consensus on this issue, and because we own our bodies and not the state, we must not create or amend laws that restrict our right to make this decision.
Please withdraw your support for this bill. This is one we will fight as hard as we have to, because it is that important to us. Your support is greatly appreciated, especially in an election year.
You can also invite them to the Columbus, OH showing of Vaxxed: From Cover Up to Catastrophe, on August 3. Here is the link to get tickets: http://gathr.us/screening/15971
It is critically important that we place firm, yet respectful pressure on all of these representatives until the bill is withdrawn.
Should the bill advance, or if a protest is planned (and I will make sure one is planned if the bill advances), I will update you. We will not rest until our rights are protected.
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