URGENT ACTION ALERT: Vaccine Exemptions in Virginia Gutted by HB 1342
Contact State Legislators Immediately
Dear Virginia NVIC Advocacy Team Members,
We are requesting your immediate communication with your state legislators to OPPOSE HB 1342 sponsored by Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (chief patron) and co-sponsored by Delegate Christopher P. Stolle (chief co-patron).
This terrible bill completely eliminates the religious exemption to state mandated vaccines and significantly restricts the medical exemption as well. HB 1342 is a major attack on parental and religious rights and medical freedom. HB 1342 needs to be strongly opposed because it discriminates against families and health care providers who don’t agree with every dose of every state mandated vaccine.
We need you to act quickly because the Virginia legislature has a short session. February 16th is the deadline for the bill to cross from the House of Delegates to the Senate, so committee hearings and floor votes in the House of Delegates will all be scheduled before this date. Ideally, we’d like to stop the bill before this crossover date. We need everyone in Virginia to come out strong contacting their legislators to tell them to OPPOSE HB 1342.
LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION ACTION NEEDED NOW:
VATeam@NVICAdvocacy.org;Tue 1/26/2016 8:42 PM
5. Login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal often to check for updates.http://NVICAdvocacy.org. Bills can change many times over the legislative process. Please forward this email to family and friends and ask them to register for the NVIC Advocacy Portal and share their concerns with their legislators as well.
6. Please forward any legislative responses you receive or outcomes of meetings on your legislator’s position on the bill to VADirector@NVICAdvocacy.org.
SUMMARY: When there is risk of harm from a pharmaceutical, recommended by government that is marketed by companies completely shielded from civil liability, the parent’s right to exercise conscience, religious belief, and conformed consent on behalf of a minor child must be legally protected. In light of the fact that vaccine risks are not borne equally by all to due known and unknown genetic or other biologic, or environmental susceptibilities, parental rights, as well as those of a state licensed physician or vaccine provider to exercise professional judgment to protect a child from vaccine injury and death, must be preserved in the form of flexible medical and non-medical exemption in health policies and law.
The least restrictive means for ensuring the public health and safety should be employed by the legislature to protect public trust in the wisdom and fairness of government policy and law. There is no public health emergency in Virginia or compelling state interest that justifies the passage of HB1342, which would violate human, civil and parental rights and would never have been condoned by the state’s founding fathers and authors of the Virginia Constitution.
NVIC Advocacy Team
National Vaccine Information Center
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