Support Medical Freedom in Vermont

Common Statement to Oppose Bills to Restrict Exemption Rights

 

Whereas vaccines are commercial products legally considered to be “unavoidably unsafe,” like all prescription drugs;

 

Whereas Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986 (1986 Act), acknowledging that vaccines can cause severe injury and death;

 

Whereas Congress in the 1986 Act granted almost complete liability protection to vaccine manufacturers and healthcare practitioners for vaccine injuries;

 

Whereas Congress in the 1986 Act created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) to compensate for vaccine injuries and death;

 

Whereas Congress in the 1986 Act legislated that no petitioner may bring a lawsuit for any vaccine injury or death from a federally-recommended vaccine in any court except the NVICP;

 

Whereas Congress intended the NVICP to be a speedy, non-adversarial, no-fault program with no need to prove vaccine injury causation;

 

Whereas the NVICP is slow, adversarial, requires proof of causation for more than 90% of claims and dismisses most claims;

 

Whereas the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2011 in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth that no petitioner may state a claim for vaccine design defect in any court at any time;

 

Whereas the Institute of Medicine and peer-reviewed scientific literature acknowledge that many questions remain unanswered about vaccine safety and science;

 

Whereas the number of federally-recommended vaccine doses for children has tripled since Congress passed the 1986 Act;

 

Whereas all states in the United States mandate vaccination of children before they can attend daycare, preschool or school;

 

Whereas no state has required screening procedures to determine whether children are fit subjects for vaccination;

 

Whereas individuals may oppose vaccination for themselves and their children on religious, philosophical, medical and personal grounds;

 

Whereas the global human rights standard for ethical medicine is prior, free and informed consent to all medical procedures, including preventive ones;

 

Whereas most developed countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, protect the right of citizens to prior, free and informed consent for vaccination;

 

THEREFORE, we now affirm the right for all individuals, including parents and guardians on behalf of children or incapacitated adults, to prior, free and informed consent to vaccination, which is a preventive medical procedure. We oppose any law or policy that would coerce people to vaccinate against their religious, philosophical, medical or personal beliefs.

 

Signed,

 

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