My Turn: Maddalena Cirignotta: Why does R.I. Department of Health want to track us?

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.

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Time to Focus on Legislation

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

Contact info: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Email/RepEmailListDistrict.asp

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

http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Email/SenEmailListDistrict.asp

Action Summary:

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.
Sign up in the contact us section to be informed of committee hearings and related events.
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For your rights, your health, your choice,

 

Deb

 

Holding HHS Accountable: a complex legal issue.

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

Are We Doing Enough Raising Vaccine Awareness?

Parents,  Please do your Research!

April, the month when our sixth graders once again will be reminded that they will need more vaccines to enter 7th grade.   It is the one year anniversary of the documentary Vaxxed:  From Cover up to Catastrophe and two years since our movement for Vaccine Choice in Rhode Island began.  Great news!  The Vaxxed Bus with Polly Tommey and Dr. Suzanne Humphries will be coming to Rhode Island this year.  We will keep you abreast of dates and locations as soon as we know them.

In the News:
This week’s Warwick Beacon has an article on the HPV vaccine requirements. In my interview I mentioned the Gardasil manufacturers insert. I also mentioned that parents need to do their own research on vaccines.  The link to all the manufacturers inserts are on our resources page.  The excipient list of all vaccine ingredients is found here as well.  Here is a video by Dr. Suzanne Humphries on the information contained in the Gardasil 9 Insert. 

Last evening, Tucker Carlson on Fox News spoke with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on the topic of vaccine safety.  This is the first mainstream media coverage of vaccine safety.  Five minutes is not long enough.  We hope the discussion continues.

Start Your Research:
If you need quick information on the vaccine scheduled and ingredients, visit the resources page on this website 

RI Vaccine Legislation:  
There are four bills currently in the General Assembly.  H 5986 and H 5919 in the House HEW committee and S 047 and S 0489 in the Senate which have yet to be heard.  We will be there to testify on the Senate bills.  The dates have not been announced yet.  Information on contacting your State Senators and Representatives is on our resource page.  To read each bill go to www.RI.gov and click on Legislative.  These bills expand and protect vaccine exemptions and limit DOH on which vaccines they can require for school attendance.

Outreach and Education:
Do you have questions?.  RIAVC can help.  Do you have a  group who would like to view the documentary Vaxxed:  From Cover up to Catastrophe or who want  more vaccine information and discussion?  If so, contact us, we may be able to a arrange small group showing or informational session.  You can always email or contact us on Facebook with individual questions and we will do our best to provide you  resources.

Where there is Risk, there must be Choice.

How can you help others who need vaccine choice information?    Share this blog!

A Message From The Board – March 8, 2017

Dear Rhode Island Families:  This hasn’t been a cake walk.

Last year, we came together to testify at the State House to protect and preserve our rights to Informed Medical Consent and Vaccine Choice and that the HPV vaccine be removed.  The bills which would have achieved these goals never came out of committee. It was disappointing.

Our group has continued to work throughout the year to inform and raise awareness. The release of the documentary “Vaxxed from Coverup to Catastrophe” about the CDC whistleblower and his documentation of scientific fraud on the CDC 2004 MMR study, became a catalyst which brought new faces and voices who shared their concerns about the safety of our increasing vaccine schedule. We attended a showing of Vaxxed at Brown University Medical School and members of our group attended the Vaccine Advisory Committee meeting at the Rhode Island Department of Health this past December.  

As we predicted last year, more vaccines were added to the RI schedule after the HPV vaccine mandate.  This year, the Rhode Island Department of Health added two doses of the Meningitis B vaccine for 16 to 18 year olds.  The brand names are Bexsero and Trumenda.  This will affect all college students attending in Rhode Island.

There were two senate bills introduced in this legislative session and we  hope you take the time to read and support them. Senate Bill S0047 was introduced by Senator Raptakis & Senator Elaine Morgan. Senate Bill S0489 was introduced by Senator Raptakis & Senator Elaine Morgan Senator Metts, Senator Kettle, and Senator Paolino.  Please be sure to thank them for their support.  

We also ask that you send a personal email to each member of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.  Be sure to write the bill(s) # in the subject line and whether you are in favor or opposed. In your email briefly tell your story:  What brought you to the vaccine safety/informed consent issue in the first place.  Do you have a child with a vaccine injury?  Was your child given a vaccine without your knowledge or consent? Were you bullied or threatened by a health care provider to vaccinate against your better judgement?  Did your doctor fail to inform you of all the risks of each vaccine?  Did your doctor fail to address your concerns?  Are you pregnant and worried that vaccination during pregnancy can cause harm to your developing baby?  Were you not informed of your option to submit a religious exemption?  Why is vaccine choice and safety important to you?

Please visit our Resources Page for updated Senate/Representative lists, The Senate Committee lists and other valuable resources.

– Deb

Your Weekly Dose of Information – June 9, 2016

Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe Opens In 1 Week!

VAXXED: From Coverup To Catastrophe opens at The Avon Cinema June 17th and will run through June 23rd. We hope you are as excited as we are to see this film. 

The Vaxxed Team & Cinema Libre asked that we help spread awareness. Here is how you can help!

  • Help distribute POSTCARDS/MINI-POSTERS, if you need some please contact us with your mailing address and we will get some to you. 
  • Vaxxed’s New Take Action Campaign! This is an online platform that allows concerned Americans to send an automated email to their congressperson urging the congressperson to both see Vaxxed in Washington, D.C. and work with Congressman Jason Chaffetz to subpoena CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson. Here is the link to the Take Action Campaign. Please use this platform to send an email or letter to your U.S. Representative.
  • Sign up for the Vaxxed Join The Movement Newsletter
  • Social media sharing. Please share information about Vaxxed coming to Providence by email and on social media. Need some social media ideas? Click here
  • Share Bring Vaxxed to Rhode Island’s  Facebook Event with Friends & Family and encourage them to attend opening weekend.
  • Become a Ticket Angel or get help with tickets – vaxxedticketangel@gmail.com

 

We also wanted to share the exciting news that Vaxxed T-Shirts will be available for sale at the Avon Cinema during all show times. Proceeds from the T-shirt sales help offset panel discussion expenses. For more information on availability please reach out to Vaxxed volunteers Aimee and Rhonda from the RI’ers Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations. Don’t forget to stop by the T-shirt table and say “Hi” to them!

Best Regards!

RI Alliance for Vaccine Choice Team
www.VaccineChoiceRI.com

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Important Update From The Board – Vaxxed Coming To Rhode Island!

The RI Alliance for Vaccine Choice (RIAVC) is excited to announce the much publicized documentary, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” will be showing from June 17th through June 23rd at The Avon Theater in Providence, R.I.

You may have heard about the documentary “Vaxxed, From Cover Up to Catastrophe” when it was pulled from the lineup at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City this past April. Fast forward a few months to present day and the film has premiered in cities throughout the country to sold out theatres.

In 2013, biologist Dr. Brian Hooker received a call from a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the agency’s 2004 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism.

The scientist, Dr. William Thompson, confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. Over several months, Dr. Hooker records the phone calls made to him by Dr. Thompson who provides the confidential data destroyed by his colleagues at the CDC.

Dr. Hooker enlists the help of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist falsely accused of starting the anti-vax movement when he first reported in 1998 that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. In his ongoing effort to advocate for children’s health, Wakefield directs this documentary examining the evidence behind an appalling cover-up committed by the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens.

Interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children reveal an alarming deception that has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism and potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime.

The people of Rhode Island deserve to know the truth. We ask that you help us in spreading the word!

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