Vermont citizens have long-held reservations against compulsory vaccination. For more than a century, (and long before the industry was indemnified from product liability – in 1986), this debate has been quite active.
One can also read about the grave concerns expressed by citizens like F.E. Simpson of Glover, Vermont: He warned about our fundamental rights and liberties being at risk due to medical politics (see the Orleans County monitor, January 12, 1921).
In more recent times, there was Marcia Bruno’s insistence that parents have the ultimate choice when it comes to vaccination for their children. She wrote her letter as the state board of health and pediatricians were pushing for mandatory school vaccination laws in 1979.
… And again in 2012, the Vermont legislature displayed an overwhelming support for parental choice in such medical decision-making. It was only in 2015 that industry pressure became too much. *
* See media reports:
- Concerned parents come together over the vaccination bill – VTDigger
- Parents hold fast to exemption for vaccines – VTDigger
- Immunization bill likely to stall in House committee – VTDigger
- Legislators hammering out vaccine exemption – VTDigger
- Conference committee agrees on vaccine compromise – VTDigger
- Vaccine bill passes House — with full philosophical exemption – VTDigger
- Legislature Votes to Preserve Vaccine Exemption (Vote was 133-6 , this was Front Page News, Burlington Free Press, 5/4/2012 – http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120504/NEWS03/120503050/Legislature-votes-preserve-vaccination-exemption?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE)
- First Amendment Rights Cited in Objection to New Vaccine Exemption Form- http://www.vaxchoicevt.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/VTDigger-First-Amendment-rights-cited-in-objection-to-new-vaccine-exemption-form.pdf
-Jennifer Stella, June 6, 2016