AS IS TYPICAL WITH THE MASS. LEGISLATURE – MEETING IN SECRET, HOLDING SPECIAL MID-SUMMER MEETINGS……
WE REMIND OUR READERS THIS ONE IS HOT NOW
AND BETH PRINTED HER ARTICLE TO WARN YOU LAST YEAR:
FROM OUR PRINTED JULY 2022 EDITION:
Bill Advances to Remove Religious Exemption for Vaccines
by Beth Guidry Hoffman
Riding on the tails of the COVID pandemic, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health is circling back around to attempt removal of the religious exemption for vaccines for public school attendance with Bill H4813.
Representative Andy Vargas (D-Haverhill) is once again one of the proposal’s primary sponsors. Vargas is claiming the “loophole” in state law allowing religious exemptions compromises overall public health and needs to be removed “for the health and safety of kids.” (http://hg44.2.vu/1) But Vargas and other sponsors of the bill have misguided thinking and no regard for vaccine-injured children or the religious freedom provided all citizens by the Constitution. With medical exemptions nearly impossible to obtain, it is the health and safety of vaccine-injured children, rather, that stands to be affected. It is a fallacy that vaccine-injured kids harm others.
Legislators sponsoring bills to remove religious exemptions continue to ignore that vaccine injury is real. Often, parents using religious exemptions are those who formerly vaccinated their children believing they were doing the right thing until their children were injured. There is a valid argument that a parent’s sincerely held religious belief over the right to their children’s bodies falls under our religious freedom granted by the Constitution.
Legislators supporting this bill also ignore that vaccines are medical procedures and parents have rights over their children more than the government does. A one-size-fits-all approach cannot work with medical procedures when we are all biologically different. When there is potential risk, there must be choice.
Bill sponsors claim to be protecting the public health. However, the COVID pandemic has proven blatant disregard for science when it came to public health’s failure to educate citizens on the protective benefit of vitamin D3, for example, and the failure of the medical establishment to allow inexpensive, beneficial therapeutics to treat COVID, such as Ivermectin, as well as overall blindness to the failure of the COVID vaccine to prevent infections. One obvious example being omicron’s spread among the vaccinated.
Vargas claims Massachusetts “is lagging behind other states that have removed religious exemptions.” However, in reality, only six states (California, New York, Connecticut, Maine, West Virginia and Mississippi) have removed religious exemptions.
“I don’t think Massachusetts wants to develop the reputation of being a top importer of anti-vaxers,” Vargas also said—as though parents in other states who choose not to vaccinate their kids will be flocking to Massachusetts? (http://hg44.2.vu/1). Apparently, it is unknown to Vargas that “there are 44 states and Washington, D.C. that grant religious exemptions for people who have religious objections to immunizations.” Further, “15 states allow philosophical exemptions for children whose parents object to immunizations because of personal, moral or other beliefs.” (http://hg44.2.vu/2)
Sly as foxes, Mass. legislators say COVID-19 and flu vaccines aren’t part of this “proposal” because, as of now, these two shots are not mandated by the state for K-12 schools. As of 5/26/22, “only California and the District of Columbia will require children to receive an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine for school entry in 2022.” (http://hg44.2.vu/2). However, without protection of the right to a religious exemption, what do you think will happen next in Massachusetts? Removing the religious exemption could mean your child would be mandated to take the COVID vaccine if the state policy changes any time in the future.
To exercise your opposition to Mass. Bill H4813, please visit HealthRightsMA.org and click the red button “! Oppose H4813.” Upon entering your email address and other info, you’ll be directed to “TAKE ACTION,“ which will automatically send “One Click” letters expressing your opposition to your legislators and H4813 sponsors. Our religious and medical freedoms are under attack with this bill. “Liberty once lost is lost forever” – John Adams.