Time to Focus on Legislation
This is the third legislative session since Gardasil 9 vaccine was added for 7th graders in Rhode Island. In that time our group and others have made efforts to inform and educate parents about their rights to exemption and informed consent. You have shared your stories about trying to find a pediatrician who gives informed consent, your struggles with vaccine injured children, and your stories of extremely healthy vaccine free children. The legislation this year is reflective of all those stories. We have joined with others under Health Choice Northeast to coordinate our efforts both locally and nationally. We have new friends and fellow advocates from all the New England States and New York.
This Rhode Island legislative session looks promising. There are three excellent bills on the House Side and at least two on the Senate side. We owe our gratitude to a hardworking group of State Representatives: Sherry Roberts, Justin Price, Robert Lancia, Robert Quattrocchi, Michael Chippendale, Jeremiah O’Grady, Daniel McKiernan, and Blake Filippi.
House Bill 7576 Allows for parents and others to opt out of vaccines for non-casual contact diseases transmitted by sexual contact between individuals and would require all correspondence to parents relating to vaccinations to contain notification about the option to opt out. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText18/HouseText18/H7576.pdf
House Bill 7686 This Act would provide an exemption to required school immunizations for personal or philosophical beliefs. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText18/HouseText18/H7686.pdf
House Bill 7704 This Act would require Informed Consent for vaccinations. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText18/HouseText18/H7704.pdf
All three of these bills have been referred to the House Health Education and Welfare Committee. If your representative is a member, please contact them and ask for their support. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/ComMembers/ComMemr.asp?ComChoiceR=HHEW
On the Senate side, we have some amazing Senators who we thank for being supporters of Vaccine safety and Informed Consent: Senators Harold Metts, Elaine Morgan, Thomas Paolino, and Stephen Archambault . Please thank all these Senators for their efforts and call your Senator and encourage them to support and cosponsor this legislation.
Senate Bill 2405 Is a companion bill to H7576 and sponsored by Senator Metts. It has been assigned to the Senate HHS committee http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText18/SenateText18/S2405.pdf
Please contact the committee members and encourage them to support this bill. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/ComMembers/ComMemS.asp?ComChoiceS=SCHH
Call your Senator and HHS committee members and ask them to support S2405 and recommend for passage. Ask them to also co-sponsor the reinstatement of the philosophical exemption bill.
Call your Representative and the members of the House HEW committee. Ask that they support H7576, H7696 and H7704 and recommend them for passage.
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