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.




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