As the new academic year approaches, parents and students are challenged to be proactive in seeking out accurate information to inform their vaccine choices. A good place to start is NVIC.org. Remember to reference our Rhode Island Resources Page.
In May, these bills were introduced by the Rhode Island Department of Health. While many who attended the hearings suggested that an OPT IN with informed written consent should be added, including the RIACLU (see below) it has fallen on deaf ears.
The Threat to Liberty & Health
The erosion of medical freedom and privacy under the guise of protecting the public health is a threat to individual liberty. It is a threat to the very foundation of freedom as we have known it since the Constitution was ratified in 1787 and amended by the Bill of Rights in 1791.
A de facto medical dictatorship, which has been set up by government health officials using police powers assigned by state legislatures, affirmed by the Supreme Court in Jacobson v Massachusetts, fueled by federal funds, and aided by politicians eager to believe that doctors should track citizens “for the greater good,” is destroying the most sacred of all individual freedoms: the human right to self determination.
The human right to choose what one is willing to die for or, in the case of a parent, what one is willing to risk a child’s life for is a basic human right. If the state can tag, track down and force citizens against their will to be injected with biologicals of known and unknown toxicity today, then there will be no limit on what individual freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow. (Barbara Loe Fisher saw this coming in 1999) more here https://www.nvic.org/vaccine-laws/tracking-system-and-privacy/the-national-electronic-tracking-registry.aspx
What can you do? Read below.
CALL the Governor’s office to Oppose these bills. Leave a message with staff to oppose S676 sub A and H5541 sub A, and refuse to sign into law if they pass the floor vote. That you want our governor to respect our rights to privacy and informed consent. She should only support OPT IN for such an invasive database.
Calling Governor Phone: (401).222.2080
Call Senate President and Speaker of the House that you oppose the medical tracking database and they should also.**Speaker Nicholas Matiello: 401-222-2466**Senate President Ruggerio 401-222-6655
Call Senate HHS Committee Members to Vote NO on S676 sub A on Tues June 18th Chairperson Joshua Miller 401-276-5507 Vice Chairperson Gayle Goldin 401- 276-5568 Senator Elizabeth Crowley 401-725-8526 Senator Thomas Paolino 401-749-6120 Senator Adam J. Satchell 401-615-5170 Senator James C. Sheehan 401-276-5567 Senator Bridget Valverde 401-379-0082 Senator Donna M. Nesselbush 401-728-3244 Senator Valerie Lawson 401-316-5666
This bill is expected to be passed Wed or Thursday in both the House and the Senate. Please call today!
(Thanks to everyone fighting this No Good, Very Bad Bill x2!! The Rhode Island Wellness Society, Health Choice Rhode Island and NoHPVMandateRI
Have you been watching the news lately? In the 18 years I have been advocating for vaccine safety and choice, I have never seen so much hostility towards those of us questioning that safety and our right to informed consent.
It appears we have hit a pharmacological nerve….
There is internet censorship being promoted by members of Congress. Videos, movies and books with information on the lack of safety testing and vaccine injury are being purged from Amazon, Google and YouTube. And, of course, the measles scare is back again.
We are a community of non-vaxxers, ex-vaxxers and cautious vaxxers. We are far from the ANTI Vaxxer and Terrorist label that is being thrown upon us. We have continued our message that vaccines are not 100% safe or effective and where there is Risk, there must be Choice (Informed Consent)
At the US House of Representatives hearing in February the Congressman from Kentucky questioned Dr. Fauci, head of NIH infectious diseases, about a known side effect of the MMR vaccine, namely encephalopathy (brain swelling), and asked if it could be caused by the vaccine. Fauci literally lied to Congress under oath by saying “No”. When the members of the public in the gallery gasped, and were admonished by the Chair, his colleague from the CDC interjected that encephalopathy was “rare”. The Age of Autism wrote a short article and included the C-SPAN video
The H.E.L.P Committee in the US Senate hearing “Vaccines Save Lives: What Is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks?” that took place March 5, 2019 is now available to view.
As I see it, if you wish to maintain your freedom to choose what health interventions are best for you and your loved ones, you must begin writing and/or calling every one of your State and Federal Representatives and Senators, the Governor, the Director of the Department of Health and expressing your desire to continue to have that choice. In my gut, I believe the mandates for adults will begin next year if we do not take a stand now.
Here is what else you can do to support our Statewide effort:
Attend the State House hearings with your entire family. Make note of the Bill committee assignments and use this link to check dates, times and agendas. If you can’t attend the hearings you have the option to send in a written testimony.
Bills we SUPPORT in the RI House:
House Bill – H5165 – This bill would reinstate the philosophical objection to vaccination.
Bills we SUPPORT in the RI Senate:
Senate Bill – S0300 – This bill seeks to ask Congress to repeal the 1986 Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, Subpoena Dr. William Thompson of the CDC and that all vaccines be classified as pharmaceutical drugs and tested accordingly.
Senate Bill – S0213 – This bill creates the Rhode Island Informed Consent Protection Act.
Senate Bill – S0303 – This bill would create an opt out for immunizations which protect against diseases which are not spread by casual contact.
Bills we OPPOSE:
House Bill – H5541 – This bill seeks to create an adult registry to collect all immunization information by the RI Dept of Health. You have to contact the Dept of Health to opt out. We feel you should have to sign a consent to be included in the registry. Update: This Bill is being heard in the House HEW Committee on Wednesday, March 13th, at the Rise of the House, 4:00.
House Bill H5165 was introduced on January 23, 2019. The bill was introduced by Representatives Michael A. Morin, Stephen M. Casey, Robert D. Phillips, Camille Vella-Wilkinson, and Julie A. Casimiro. It was referred to the Health, Education, & Welfare Committee. As of today it has not been scheduled for a hearing yet.
Call To Action:
Call your Representative AND the members of the House Health, Education & Welfare Committee. Ask that they support H5165 and recommend them for passage.
Thank you to the author for permission to share her op-ed from Providence Journal.
This winter, the Rhode Island Department of Health has introduced legislation via Rhode Island lawmakers to track the complete medical records of every person in our state. This RIDOH Registry would extend our current mandatory tracking system from all minors to all adults as well. House Bill 7882 and Senate Bill 2530 would let the RIDOH legally data mine the personal medical information of every adult and child in Rhode Island.
If H-7882 and S-2530 are passed, the Department of Health will track all sensitive and private medical information for all people in our state. RIDOH will have unrestricted knowledge of medications we are taking, medical procedures we have had, pregnancies, counseling services, mental health, and all medical choices we have made.
There is no opt-out of the registry. If passed, it will be mandatory. According the language of the bills, “Any person may opt out of the disclosure of their immunization status by contacting the department of health.” What about the rest of the registry? This bill violates the right to informed consent as well as privacy. We as human beings, have the right to say “no” to imposed data collection of our personal records.
KIDSNET, our current no-opt-out, mandatory tracking system for all minors in Rhode Island, even collects our children’s Social Security numbers. RIDOH does not list the “participating programs” that have access to the Social Security numbers and private medical records of our children. Furthermore, “parental consent to include children’s data is not required.”
Any tracking system should always respect the human right to informed consent. KIDSNET should be an opt-in-only system that requires a signature in order for data to be collected in the first place. Meanwhile, these draconian adult registry bills should be permanently put to rest.
These alarmingly invasive bills violate our core right to privacy. They additionally raise several deeply concerning questions about the RIDOH:
Why does our state health department want to track our personal data? How does the RIDOH justify legislation that removes the basic tenant of informed consent? Once our data is collected, what recourse would citizens have to protect our information from hackers? How would people ensure that their private medical choices will not be used against them in the future? Does the RIDOH expect taxpayers to fund this massive and costly registry?
In 2017, voices of all kinds began to speak out with their truths. Individuals are joining the collective chorus of outrage as we declare, “Enough is enough.” The time is ripe for Rhode Islanders of all races, genders, cultures, abilities and backgrounds to claim our inherent rights to privacy, choice and informed consent for ourselves and our children.
If we wish to maintain our core freedoms, we must all tell our lawmakers that we do not want to be forced into a mandatory tracking system by our government. House Bill 7882 will be heard by the Health, Education and Welfare Committee in Room 101 of the Rhode Island State House within the next few weeks. Let our representatives know that Rhode Islanders do not wish to be forcefully tracked by the Rhode Island Department of Health or any other government agency.
Maddalena Cirignotta, of Wakefield, writes for the Rhode Island Wellness Society.
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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For your rights, your health, your choice,
In 1986, the United State Congress passed a bill called The 1986 Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.
This bill was written and supported by the pharmaceutical companies who manufactured vaccines. In the early 1980’s there were increasing numbers of liability lawsuits filed by parents of children who were injured or killed by the DTP vaccine. Some of the settlements were sizable. These vaccine makers threatened to stop producing vaccines altogether unless something was done.
What Congress did was make it nearly impossible to sue a vaccine maker or a doctor administering a vaccine. Instead, they created a “vaccine court” within the US Court of Claims and began adding a fee to every vaccine dose sold in the USA to fund it. Since 1987, the vaccine court has paid out over 3.7 Billion dollars.
The CDC recommended vaccine schedule has grown unchecked from 24 doses of 3 vaccines to 72 doses of 13 vaccines and more are being considered for approval. Most are required for school attendance and child care. Forty eight states, including Rhode Island, allow religious or philosophical exemptions to vaccination. California, Mississippi and West Virginia have only a medical exemption. A manufacturer can be sued if your child’s crib falls apart, but if your baby dies or becomes seriously injured by a vaccine, the manufacturers and medical personnel who administer the vaccine, have no liability.
2017 is the year this could all change. Below are links to a letter and a supporting white paper sent to the Acting Secretary of HHS by the Informed Consent Action Network which questions HHS compliance with the provisions regarding vaccine safety and if they have been followed. Please read by clicking on here HHS Letter and Documents
The HHS Secretary has 60 days to reply to ICAN’s request.
Informed Consent: knowing all the risks, benefits and alternatives to any medical treatment.
YOUR RIGHT, YOUR CHOICE, YOUR HEALTH