The Law On Forced Vaccination

One state in particular – Massachusetts – has been in focus for its Pandemic Response Act that now allows the governor to declare a state of emergency and treat common citizens as terror suspects if they do not submit to forced vaccinations.

Despite the vociferous opposition from civil liberties groups, parents’ forums, lawyers, consumer groups and other protesting, concerned and enlightened citizens, the House of Representatives in August 2009 gave the bill a resounding thumbs-up.

Never before had any American state allowed the police to intervene in healthcare and vaccination. This legislation outrageously allows the police to forcefully enter people’s homes without a warrant, forcefully quarantine residents, remove children from their homes and vaccinate them against their own will and that of their parents, and gives the state’s governor the power to impose martial law. Of course, common citizens resisting any such attempts “in the interests of public health” can be jailed without charges or a trial.

As far as the law is concerned, when a state of pandemic is declared, citizens seem to have little choice but to submit to the State or face criminal charges. And the State, as it were, follows the diktats of the WHO, which has 194 signatories. This means that potentially, the populations of 194 countries could be subjected to measures such as those adopted in Massachusetts if their respective governments so choose!

These inexplicable measures – dubbed by many as ‘Gestapo tactics’ – have sparked a debate on what recourse citizens have when confronted by such tyranny. Many adults, parents and others have formed forums that take the anti-vaccination cause to their state’s representatives in the hope that persuasive means will convince their political representatives not to use coercive tactics against the population.

However, it’s an uphill task when you view mass vaccinations in a historical perspective. The law in favor of mass and forced vaccination dates back to the 19th century, when smallpox was rampant. This evoked a public backlash even then, with some states deciding to overturn these stringent laws.

The turn of the 19th century saw a landmark case that became the touchstone for all public health laws in the US – the Jacobson vs. Massachusetts case. In 1905, the US Supreme Court overturned a plea that forced vaccinations violated the right of every citizen to care for their own health. The court overturned the plaintiff’s right in the interest of public health. The court had thus set the tone for state vaccination laws, and the Federal authorities have since vested with each state the power to make and enforce its own individual vaccination legislation.

However, the Supreme Court has always preferred to support the states in various lawsuits against forced vaccination, making the citizens’ cause that much more difficult. Moreover, each state usually follows the guidelines of the federal authorities, which in turn follow the agenda of the CDC, which in turn is known to be partial to pharmaceutical companies. That’s quite literally a vicious cycle.

The 1960s ushered in even more stringent legal controls, thanks to widespread measles outbreaks. After this, there was no looking back. Vaccine-makers were producing newer and newer vaccines and, ostensibly, vaccines against more and more diseases.

And there it was. Vaccine-makers had found a captive market for their toxic formulations – children. By whipping up fear in the minds of nervous and ill-informed parents, they along with policy-makers began to push their products through the school agenda, starting with playschool! It is no surprise that the number of vaccines mandated for babies and children has increased over the years.

Each state has its own vaccination laws with regard to what vaccines must be given and at what age and stage during a school-going child’s life. And there’s no escaping this public menace unless you choose to opt out of the system.

The fact is that parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are forced to withdraw their wards from schools. On the other hand, parents who do not send their children to school violate state truancy laws!

But there are certain rights every citizen possesses even in the face of forced vaccination. Indeed there are certain rules and regulations that public health authorities are bound to follow, again within the framework of the law.

Right To Informed Consent: No citizen can be forced to submit to vaccination. He or she must be informed of the possible risks, complications and side effects associated with the vaccine and other advisory material that the health authorities such as the CDC or FDA have made public. This information must be made available to the individual before any vaccine is administered.

The Right to Informed Consent is rooted in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, which requires all doctors and other vaccine providers to provide parents written information about vaccines before their children are vaccinated.

It is this right that citizens and parents, in the case of mass school vaccination drives, are subtly deprived of. The scare-mongering, mass hysteria and psychologically coercive tactics adopted by the powers that be virtually frighten people into ‘consenting’ to being vaccinated. Under these circumstances, people are not likely to research a vaccine; they are more likely to take ‘protective action’.

Exemptions: All 50 American states mandate a vaccination schedule for children seeking admission to various levels of school and college. Though the number and type of vaccines vary from one state to another, all state-licensed educational institutions have stringent vaccination rules.

But did you know that parents can refuse to submit to coercive diktats on medical grounds? For instance, if your child has a history of adverse reactions to earlier vaccination attempts, you may seek an exemption from further vaccination on medical grounds.

Different states have different requirements for applicants. While some states accept a simple written letter from a family physician detailing reasons for medical exemption, others reserve their right to review the recommendation and even override it.

The second ground on which an exemption can be obtained is religious as some faiths do not permit vaccination or any type of invasive medical treatment. While some states only broadly define the term ‘religious beliefs’, others require the applicant to be a member of a specific religious group of denomination. Again, while some require a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s spiritual representative, others are more stringent and insist on an affidavit.

Exemption from vaccination based on religious grounds is rooted in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which gives every citizen the right to freely exercise their religion. To take away this right and impose vaccination, the state must prove a “compelling state interest”, which could be the spread of communicable diseases.

Interestingly, religious groups like the Amish who exercise this constitutional right don’t permit vaccination in their communities and don’t have communicable diseases and autistic children. This makes a lot of sense to me. I have never myself received a vaccine, thanks to my mother’s great motherly, protective instincts. I have not seen a doctor in 38 years, given my healthy, strong immune system, and I have never had the flu in decades.

The third type of exemption is philosophical exemption, which constitutes an individual’s personal beliefs that prevent him/her from being vaccinated.

This is the most subjective of the three types of exemptions but allow me to illustrate what happens when parents get together to mount a determined and organized effort to fight for their rights. It may have taken seven long years in Texas and two years in Arkansas but citizens in both these states finally won the legal right to exercise conscientious, philosophical or religious belief exemptions to vaccination.

Miffed by this hard-fought victory, state legislators are under increasing pressure from federal health authorities to revoke the exemption. As of 2010, 48 of 50 US states permit religious exemption while 18 allow a personal, philosophical or conscientious belief exemption from vaccination.

Of course, it is easier said than done as parents must comply with numerous formalities to seek an exemption, let alone be actually granted one. Not surprisingly, more and more citizens are resorting to this category to work their way around forced vaccinations. Not surprisingly, it has becoming increasingly difficult to secure exemptions on even medical and religious grounds.

Any which way you look at it, educating yourself on vaccination is the first step to preventing the state from invading your body. As mentioned earlier, all states have vaccination laws but they vary between states. Educate yourself on the laws pertaining to your state so that you can make an informed choice for you and your family. As more and more people are waking up to the harmful effects of conventional medicine, there are numerous forums and pressure groups which are rallying for the assertion of citizens’ rights. Joining one of these forums might be a good idea.

Here is an example of what spending a few minutes on the Internet can reveal. For instance, a simple search will reveal that while the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine be given to all children, the law in your state may require children to be vaccinated against measles and rubella only.

Vaccination is becoming more and more pervasive in various aspects of life and may influence crucial choices and decisions in matters of adoption, child custody arrangements during divorce proceedings, eligibility for health insurance and government programs, medical care and immigration.

In a disturbing trend, which further illustrates the stranglehold of Big Pharma over the government and the medical fraternity, pediatricians have begun to refuse to offer medical treatment to children who have not fulfilled all vaccination requirements under the law.

There have been cases where hospitals have even reported parents to child social services agencies for their failure or refusal to get their child vaccinated. As outrageous as this may be, it’s the bitter truth. Hence, it is more compelling than ever that you educate yourself on the law.

Soldiers: Army personnel, especially new recruits, are a favorite testing ground for vaccine-makers in mass immunization programs. Military troops have to submit to all manner of vaccinations in the name of readiness for warfare. Both men and women have little choice but to endure endless injections designed to ‘protect’ them against bio-toxins like smallpox, anthrax, ricin and other diseases.

Several soldiers have died from the often untested chemicals in these experimental vaccines, and others have been rendered severely sick by them. Not unlike women involved in involuntary ultrasound studies, soldiers have become guinea pigs in massive drug studies. How else could the pharmaceutical industry legally test poisons on human subjects?

Unfortunately, when you’re in the armed forces, you have few civilian rights. Soldiers therefore do not have the right to refuse vaccination. Those who do refuse their shots face court martial and prison time, or at the very least, a dishonorable discharge.

Common side effects of the over one million vaccinations so far administered to US soldiers have included joint pain, extreme fatigue, and memory loss. The anthrax vaccine administered to Gulf War veterans in the 1992 war in the Middle East is one such instance.

However, medical and religious exemptions are allowed but an exemption must be sought before enlisting. Once the recruit enlists with the armed forces, he/she pretty much signs over his/her body to the US Department of Defense which has been accused time and again of human experimentation.