FPM Alert: SB 277 Call Assembly Health Committee

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – June 5th, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  SB 277 (Pan and Allen) as recently amended
Subject: Eliminates the personal beliefs exemption to required vaccinations
Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Your action is urgently needed – see below!

SB 277 is now scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Health Committee. This will be the last committee hearing on SB 277. If SB 277 passes out of this committee, there will be a floor vote by the whole Assembly before this bill is sent to the Governor for his signature.

This is a fundamental parent’s rights issue. Because of opposition from good people like you, SB 277 has gotten more attention in our State Capitol than any other bill in the last several years. We will continue to closely monitor SB 277 and keep you informed when any future action is needed.

Information Included In This E-mail:
A.  Status
B.  Summary of Concern
C.  Action Items
D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators
E.  Background Information

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A.  Status:

SB 277 will be heard by the Assembly Health Committee on June 9th.

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B.  Summary of Concern:

SB 277 eliminates the current right of parents to exempt their child from one or more of the vaccinations required for school enrollment.

SB 277 would take away the historic parental right to independently make informed voluntary decisions regarding the health care of their children, including the choice of which vaccines, if any, their children will receive. This is known as “informed consent”.

SB 277 has been amended to exclude pupils enrolled in home-based private schools from the required vaccinations. However, nothing would stop our Legislature from removing this exclusion in future legislation. The amendments to this bill could be changed or deleted at any time.

SB 277 needs to be defeated because of its threat to the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.

We must continue to stand firm and be persistent in our opposition to SB 277!

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C.  ACTION Items:

The most critical action items are at the top of this list. Please move down the list and complete as many additional items on the list as you can. Always contact legislators as a parent and citizenDo not call or write as a homeschooler.

1) Call Immediately – By 4pm this coming Monday, June 8th, call the member of the Assembly Health Committee according to the first letter of your Last Name as indicated in the alphabetized list below. It is best to call between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Tell them:

“Please vote no on SB 277 (by Pan), as recently amended because I oppose eliminating this historic right of parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine required for school attendance.”

2) Please also consider calling some or all of the rest of the Assembly Health Committee members on the list below. Be sure to call the Assembly Member who represents your district if they are a member of this committee. Please use this link to find out which Assembly Member is representing your district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Notes:

  • Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill affects all families with children.
  • This is not an exclusively homeschool issue. Do not call or write as a homeschooler.
  • Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on the Internet.
  • Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
  • Pray for a proper outcome.

For Action Item #1 above, please call the member of the Assembly Health Committee according to the first letter of your last name, as indicated in the following list. If the Assembly Member representing your district is in the following list please call them first. Then please also call as many others on this list as you can.

Assembly Health Committee

A
Rob Bonta (Chair)
Phone: (916) 319-2018
Fax: (916) 319-2118

B
Brian Maienschein (Vice Chair)
Phone: (916) 319-2077
Fax: (916) 319-2177

C
Susan A. Bonilla
Phone: (916) 319-2014
Fax: (916) 319-2114

D
Autumn R. Burke
Phone: (916) 319-2062
Fax: (916) 319-2162

E-F
Rocky J. Chávez
Phone: (916) 319-2076
Fax: (916) 319-2176

G
David Chiu
Phone: (916) 319-2017
Fax: (916) 319-2117

H
Jimmy Gomez
Phone: (916) 319-2051
Fax: (916) 319-2151

I-J
Lorena S. Gonzalez
Phone: (916) 319-2080
Fax: (916) 319-2180

K
Roger Hernández
Phone: (916) 319-2048
Fax: (916) 319-2148

L
Tom Lackey
Phone: (916) 319-2036
Fax: (916) 319-2136

M
Adrin Nazarian
Phone: (916) 319-2046
Fax: (916) 319-2146

N-O
Jim Patterson
Phone: (916) 319-2023
Fax: (916) 319-2123

 

P-Q
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
Phone: (916) 319-2054
Fax: (916) 319-2154

 

R
Freddie Rodriguez
Phone: (916) 319-2052
Fax: (916) 319-2152

 

S
Miguel Santiago
Phone: (916) 319-2053
Fax: (916) 319-2153

 

T-U
Marc Steinorth
Phone: (916) 319-2040
Fax: (916) 319-2140

 

V
Tony Thurmond
Phone: (916) 319-2015
Fax: (916) 319-2115

 

W
Marie Waldron
Phone: (916) 319-2075
Fax: (916) 319-2175

 

X-Z
Jim Wood
Phone: (916) 319-2002
Fax: (916) 319-2102

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D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators:
SB 277 significantly diminishes parental rights, religious liberties, and personal conscience liberties. It imposes a requirement that will take away the right of a parent to exempt their child from any or all vaccinations required for school enrollment.

Current law already allows for non-vaccinated students to be restricted from attending a school while there is an outbreak of particular communicable diseases.

SB 277 is a violation of the fundamental right of parents to direct the care and upbringing of their children.

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E.  Background Information:
The following are additional but important details related to the bill.

Under current law, a parent may exempt their child from any or all vaccines required for school attendance, by using the “personal beliefs exemption”.

SB 277 would delete from California law the “personal beliefs exemption” from required vaccinations.

SB 277 would erode the traditional and God-given right of parents to make voluntary decisions in the best interest of their children in all health care decisions.

All parents should be able to voluntarily choose: (1) which medical service to use for the life and health of their dependent children, (2) which provider they use for that service, and (3) which sources of information to use regarding any medical service/intervention and service provider(s).

It is wise for parents to aggressively seek out good information from multiple sources, concerning the risks of and alternatives to any medical care, procedure or treatment, prior to making a decision concerning a medical service (intervention, care, costs, etc., including every vaccination) for their child.

We are not taking a position on vaccinations. For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources .

Currently, the majority of information provided about vaccinations is heavily weighted toward sending a message that all vaccines work and are good for your children with only rare and temporary discomfort. Very little, if any, information is sent from most medical, media, and government sources on facts concerning why some vaccines have a lower rate of conferred immunity. Nor is information made readily available regarding the harmful and sometimes deadly or permanently disabling effects of particular vaccines due to their contents, and how and when and under what conditions they are given. Very few studies have been done on the long-term effects of vaccines.

Vaccination Risks
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, 131 S. Ct. 1068, 179 L.Ed.2d 1 (2011).   See additional information at: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources and http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data.html .

Medical Exemptions
Under SB 277, the only way a child could be exempted from one or more required vaccines would be to obtain a medical exemption from a physician, which is difficult to obtain. Medical exemptions are usually given for only one vaccine at a time. They are only given after a serious reaction has already occurred from a previous vaccine or a physician determines that a vaccine is contraindicated due to allergies or some other physical condition of the child.

A medical exemption must be documented by a letter from a physician stating who the exemption is for and for what vaccine. It must specify whether it is a permanent or temporary exemption. If temporary, the exemption must state how long the temporary exemption is valid.

Religious Exemptions
No religious exemption would be helpful because almost all parents would be ineligible due to the very narrow restrictions. These exemptions only apply to those people who are members of a religious institution, denomination, or organized group whose official statement of belief or creed includes a prohibition against ever seeing a doctor or receiving medical treatment of any kind, no matter how serious the health emergency.

Conclusion
SB 277 is a major incremental step toward taking away the right and responsibility of parents to make decisions for the care and protection of their own children in every part of life, including medical care.

Examples of other areas in which parental rights are being undermined include the area of education (we are again battling mandatory kindergarten in a new bill: AB 713), mental health, religion and philosophy of life, social life (can a parent restrict a child from certain things on the internet, friends, books, etc., or any other influences?). Another example is the recent alarming “medical kidnappings” of minors for medical procedures and treatments forced on children without either permission from their parents or allowing parents to get a second opinion.  For more information on these kinds of parental rights violations visit www.parentalrights.org .

Parents need to understand the bigger picture of what is at stake here. This isn’t just about vaccines. Regardless of what we think about any mandatory vaccine, we must protect the rights of parents to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children.

We must be vigilant to hold our ground against SB 277. Your help is key to the defense of our freedoms. Please take the above-suggested action ASAP. Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond.

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For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations, please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources .

Permission is given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

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This Action Alert was sent out by
Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

For information on how to contact your State Assembly Member and State Senator, please visit: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov .

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Oppose Mandatory Kindergarten – Write Your Senator

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – June 4th, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  AB 713 (as recently amended) Mandatory Kindergarten
Author:  State Assembly Member Weber

 

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

AB 713 passed the entire State Assembly on June 3rd. It now must pass through the State Senate before going to the Governor. Every vote, including in committee and the whole State Senate, will be a chance to stop this bill. Thank you for taking action on AB 713 to protect the rights of all parents.

Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond and then take the suggested action below.

Summary of Concern:

Under current law, parents can choose to have their child skip kindergarten and begin at the 1st grade.  AB 713 would eliminate this current parental choice by mandating that every child attend kindergarten for one school year before they could be admitted to the first grade.  This would go into effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

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Information Included In This E-mail:

A.  Action Item
B.  Opposition Points
C.  Background
D.  
Summary

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A.  Action Item:

Write your State Senator

Please write and mail a letter to the member of the Senate that represents your district. Please use this link to find out which Senator is representing your district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov. Please include the following or similarly worded statement in your letter: Please vote no on AB 713 as amended.  I oppose mandatory Kindergarten.  Please keep Kindergarten voluntary.” You may also refer to the “Opposition Points to Share with Legislators” for additional ideas that you could add to your letter.

Mail The Letter To:
The Honorable (Senator’s Name)
California State Senate
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249

Why are Letters Best?

Letters have proven to be the best method of communicating your opinion on a legislative bill, except for a personal visit with your legislator. Many assume that an email is the most effective way to express your opinion, but this is not true. Because emails are easily and usually ignored, calls and letters are significantly more effective. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough letters being sent to make a large enough impact. It is considered that each letter represents the views of 1,000 or more voters within your district. Letters are the best method, even today, of making your opinion known at our state capitol.

Notes:

  • Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill affects all families with children.
  • This is not an exclusively homeschool issue. Do not call or write as a homeschooler.
  • Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on the Internet.
  • Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
  • Pray for a proper outcome.

 

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B.  Opposition Points:

AB 713 would damage children.  Beginning formal education at age 5 or younger causes unintended harmful consequences to children, some of which last a lifetime.  Research* indicates that early formal childhood education not only causes both physical and behavioral long-term problems but that it also does not improve the child’s potential for being a better student later on.

Research http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html demonstrates that:

Gains experienced by children who began their formal education at age 5 (or younger) disappear in just a few years. 

These same children, however, experience long-lasting adverse effects on their physical, behavioral, and educational development, including life-long vision impairment, and for many, detriments to mathematics and nonacademic readiness skills.

Boys are especially damaged by early entrance (age 5 and younger) into formal education. Boys’ cognitive and verbal skill development significantly lags behind that of girls at this age. As a result, boys do not do as well in the early years, at which time many experience failures leading to frustration, and for some, substance abuse and later criminal behavior.

For the sake of your own children, every parent should read “Early Childhood Education: Research Summaries of the Effects of Universal Kindergarten” Updated 2014 at http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html.

AB 713 would diminish the parental rights of all parents.  Under AB 713, parents who choose to delay their child’s entrance into kindergarten would be forced to undergo a time and financial penalty of adding a year of required schooling before graduation.  Enrollment into kindergarten prior to the first grade must remain optional for parents.

AB 713 would decrease beneficial parental contact with their children.  An extra year of development outside of school can be critical for a child at this early age.  Carl Zinsmeister, Adjunct Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, says, “Declining parental attachment is an extremely serious risk to children today.  The verdict of enormous psychological literature is that time spent with the parent is the very clearest correlate of healthy child development.”  Parents should continue to have the authority to decide what is best for their children.

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C.  BACKGROUND

Under AB 713, parents who would have chosen to delay their child’s entrance into formal education and skip kindergarten, would be forced to choose between either:

(a) starting their child’s formal education one year earlier, before they feel it is best for their child, or
(b) graduating their child a year later than they would under current law.

This is because 13 years of schooling would be required under AB 713 rather than the current 12 years of schooling.

The requirements of AB 713 would apply to all pupils in both public schools and in private schools, including homeschools.

Advocates of extending government control of all children from birth would be able to use passage of AB 713 as an incremental step toward establishing seamless, cradle-to-grave government-controlled education and development programs for all children.

Passage of AB 713 would be followed by the next incremental legislative step — making institutionalized preschool (pre-kindergarten) for every 3 and 4 year-old child universally available to all children and then the next step – making it universally mandatory for every 3 and 4 year-old child.

D.  SUMMARY:

*   Rushing children into formal education by effectively lowering the age at which children begin formal education by mandating Kindergarten would exact a heavy toll on the development of many children and would weaken the role of parents in their lives.  This is diametrically opposed to the message parents are routinely given, that parents need to be more involved in their children’s lives.  However, parents cannot be more involved when the state either encourages or requires children to be with their parents for less time.  Research supports later rather than earlier entry of children into institutionalized settings for educational development to be the most beneficial.

*   AB 713 encroaches on the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children.  It ignores the long-standing presumption that parents act in the best interest of their children, by requiring parents to enroll their children in Kindergarten rather than allowing them the choice specified in current law.  It disregards the parent’s understanding of what would be the best course of action for his own child’s education and development.  It is a detrimental one-size-fits-all mandate that would be forced upon all children by the government.

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Permission given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

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This Action Alert was sent out by:
Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

For information on how to contact your state assembly member and state senator, please visit: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

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Oppose Mandatory Kindergarten – Call Your Assembly Member

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – May 28th, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  AB 713 (as recently amended) Mandatory Kindergarten
Author:  State Assembly Member Weber

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Status:  Passed Assembly Education Committee on April 9th and then passed Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 28thTo be voted on by the whole Assembly as early as Monday, June 1st and no later than Friday, June 5th.

Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond and then take the suggested action below.

Summary of Concern:

Under current law, parents can choose to have their child skip kindergarten and begin at the 1st grade.  AB 713 would eliminate this current parental choice by mandating that every child attend kindergarten for one school year before they could be admitted to the first grade.  This would go into effect at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

AB 713 is an incremental step toward the statist goal of government control over all children from birth. In reference to increasing day care funding, a State Senator revealed another incremental step of this goal that many legislators are working toward when he stated, “What we’re proposing here is to find a way to benefit all children from Day One….” (read article here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article21735990.html ).

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Information Included In This E-mail:

A.  Action Item
B.  Opposition Points
C.  Background
D.  Summary

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A.  Action Item:

CALL Immediately (no later than Tuesday – June 2nd by 4pm) the member of the California State Assembly which represents your district.  Please use the following link to find out which Assembly Member is representing your district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

After determining who your State Assembly Member is, use the following link to find their Telephone number: http://bit.ly/1F1N5P9 . Scroll down to find your State Assembly Member and call the phone number listed under their name.

TELL THEM:
“Please vote no on AB 713 as amended.  I oppose mandatory Kindergarten.  Please keep Kindergarten voluntary.”

Notes:
*   Call as a parent and citizen.  This bill directly affects all families with young children.
*   Emails are a waste of time as they are rarely read in Legislative offices.
*   Do not disclose the source of this Alert.  All bills are available on the Internet.
*   Calls are most effective in this time-limited situation.
*   Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
*   Pray for a proper outcome.

 

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B.  Opposition Points:

AB 713 would damage children.  Beginning formal education at age 5 or younger causes unintended harmful consequences to children, some of which last a lifetime.  Research* indicates that early formal childhood education not only causes both physical and behavioral long-term problems but that it also does not improve the child’s potential for being a better student later on.

Research http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html demonstrates that:

Gains experienced by children who began their formal education at age 5 (or younger) disappear in just a few years. 

These same children, however, experience long-lasting adverse effects on their physical, behavioral, and educational development, including life-long vision impairment, and for many, detriments to mathematics and nonacademic readiness skills.

Boys are especially damaged by early entrance (age 5 and younger) into formal education. Boys’ cognitive and verbal skill development significantly lags behind that of girls at this age. As a result, boys do not do as well in the early years, at which time many experience failures leading to frustration, and for some, substance abuse and later criminal behavior.

For the sake of your own children, every parent should read “Early Childhood Education: Research Summaries of the Effects of Universal Kindergarten” Updated 2014 at http://www.childandfamilyprotection.org/Early-Childhood-Education-Research-Summaries.html.

AB 713 would diminish the parental rights of all parents.  Under AB 713, parents who choose to delay their child’s entrance into kindergarten would be forced to undergo a time and financial penalty of adding a year of required schooling before graduation.  Enrollment into kindergarten prior to the first grade must remain optional for parents.

AB 713 would decrease beneficial parental contact with their children.  An extra year of development outside of school can be critical for a child at this early age.  Carl Zinsmeister, Adjunct Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, says, “Declining parental attachment is an extremely serious risk to children today.  The verdict of enormous psychological literature is that time spent with the parent is the very clearest correlate of healthy child development.”  Parents should continue to have the authority to decide what is best for their children.

***** ***** ***** *****

 C.  BACKGROUND

Under AB 713, parents who would have chosen to delay their child’s entrance into formal education and skip kindergarten, would be forced to choose between either:
(a) starting their child’s formal education one year earlier, before they feel it is best for their child, or
(b) graduating their child a year later than they would under current law.

This is because 13 years of schooling would be required under AB 713 rather than the current 12 years of schooling.

The requirements of AB 713 would apply to all pupils in both public schools and in private schools, including homeschools.

Advocates of extending government control of all children from birth would be able to use passage of AB 713 as an incremental step toward establishing seamless, cradle-to-grave government-controlled education and development programs for all children.

Passage of AB 713 would be followed by the next incremental legislative step — making institutionalized preschool (pre-kindergarten) for every 3 and 4 year-old child universally available to all children and then the next step – making it universally mandatory for every 3 and 4 year-old child.

 D.  SUMMARY:

*   Rushing children into formal education by effectively lowering the age at which children begin formal education by mandating Kindergarten would exact a heavy toll on the development of many children and would weaken the role of parents in their lives.  This is diametrically opposed to the message parents are routinely given, that parents need to be more involved in their children’s lives.  However, parents cannot be more involved when the state either encourages or requires children to be with their parents for less time.  Research supports later rather than earlier entry of children into institutionalized settings for educational development to be the most beneficial.

*   AB 713 encroaches on the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children.  It ignores the long-standing presumption that parents act in the best interest of their children, by requiring parents to enroll their children in Kindergarten rather than allowing them the choice specified in current law.  It disregards the parent’s understanding of what would be the best course of action for his own child’s education and development.  It is a detrimental one-size-fits-all mandate that would be forced upon all children by the government.

 

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Permission given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

***** ***** ***** *****

This Action Alert was sent out by:

Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

***** ***** ***** *****

FPM Alert: SB 277 Write Your Assembly Member by Monday

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – May 21, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  SB 277 (Pan and Allen) as recently amended
Subject: Eliminates the personal beliefs exemption to required vaccinations
Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Your action is urgently needed – see below!

SB 277 passed the entire State Senate on a close to a party line vote with 25 of 39 Senators voting in favor of the bill. It now must pass through the State Assembly before going to the Governor. Every vote, including in the committees and the whole State Assembly, will be a chance to stop this bill. Thank you for taking action on SB 277 to protect the rights of all parents.

This is a fundamental parent’s rights issue. Because of opposition from good people like you, SB 277 has gotten more attention in our State Capitol than any other bill in the last several years. We will continue to closely monitor SB 277 and other bills concerning parental rights.

Information Included In This E-mail:
A.  Status
B.  Summary of Concern
C.  Action Item
D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators
E.  Background Information

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A.  Status:
SB 277 is awaiting committee assignments in the California State Assembly.

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B.  Summary of Concern:

SB 277 eliminates the current right of parents to exempt their child from one or more of the vaccinations required for school enrollment.

SB 277 would take away the historic parental right to independently make informed voluntary decisions regarding the health care of their children, including the choice of which vaccines, if any, their children will receive. This is known as “informed consent”.

SB 277 has been amended to exclude pupils enrolled in home-based private schools from the required vaccinations. However, nothing would stop our Legislature from removing this exclusion in future legislation. The amendments to this bill could be changed or deleted at any time.

SB 277 needs to be defeated because of its threat to the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.

We must continue to stand firm and be persistent in our opposition to SB 277!

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C.  ACTION Item:

Write your State Assembly Member
Please write and mail a letter to the member of the Assembly that represents your district. Please use this link to find out which Assembly Member is representing your district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov. Please include the following or similarly worded statement in your letter: “Please vote no on SB 277 (by Pan), as recently amended because I oppose eliminating this historic right of parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine required for school attendance.” You may also refer to the “Opposition Points to Share with Legislators” for additional ideas that you could add to your letter.

 

Mail The Letter To:
The Honorable (Your Assembly Member’s Name)
California State Assembly
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249

Why are Letters Best?

 

Letters have proven to be the best method of communicating your opinion on a legislative bill, except for a personal visit with your legislator. Many assume that an email is the most effective way to express your opinion, but this is not true. Because emails are easily and usually ignored, calls and letters are significantly more effective. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough letters being sent to make a large enough impact. It is considered that each letter represents the views of 1,000 or more voters within your district. Letters are the best method, even today, of making your opinion known at our state capitol.

Notes:

  • Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill affects all families with children.
  • This is not an exclusively homeschool issue. Do not call or write as a homeschooler.
  • Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on the Internet.
  • Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
  • Pray for a proper outcome.

***** ***** ***** *****
D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators:
SB 277 significantly diminishes parental rights, religious liberties, and personal conscience liberties. It imposes a requirement that will take away the right of a parent to exempt their child from any or all vaccinations required for school enrollment.

Current law already allows for non-vaccinated students to be restricted from attending a school while there is an outbreak of particular communicable diseases.

SB 277 is a violation of the fundamental right of parents to direct the care and upbringing of their children.

***** ***** ***** *****

E.  Background Information:
The following are additional but important details related to the bill.

Under current law, a parent may exempt their child from any or all vaccines required for school attendance, by using the “personal beliefs exemption”.

SB 277 would delete from California law the “personal beliefs exemption” from required vaccinations.

SB 277 would erode the traditional and God-given right of parents to make voluntary decisions in the best interest of their children in all health care decisions.

All parents should be able to voluntarily choose: (1) which medical service to use for the life and health of their dependent children, (2) which provider they use for that service, and (3) which sources of information to use regarding any medical service/intervention and service provider(s).

 

It is wise for parents to aggressively seek out good information from multiple sources, concerning the risks of and alternatives to any medical care, procedure or treatment, prior to making a decision concerning a medical service (intervention, care, costs, etc., including every vaccination) for their child.

 

We are not taking a position on vaccinations. For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources .

 

Currently, the majority of information provided about vaccinations is heavily weighted toward sending a message that all vaccines work and are good for your children with only rare and temporary discomfort. Very little, if any, information is sent from most medical, media, and government sources on facts concerning why some vaccines have a lower rate of conferred immunity. Nor is information made readily available regarding the harmful and sometimes deadly or permanently disabling effects of particular vaccines due to their contents, and how and when and under what conditions they are given. Very few studies have been done on the long-term effects of vaccines.

Vaccination Risks
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, 131 S. Ct. 1068, 179 L.Ed.2d 1 (2011).   See additional information at: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources and http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data.html .

Medical Exemptions
Under SB 277, the only way a child could be exempted from one or more required vaccines would be to obtain a medical exemption from a physician, which is difficult to obtain. Medical exemptions are usually given for only one vaccine at a time. They are only given after a serious reaction has already occurred from a previous vaccine or a physician determines that a vaccine is contraindicated due to allergies or some other physical condition of the child.

A medical exemption must be documented by a letter from a physician stating who the exemption is for and for what vaccine. It must specify whether it is a permanent or temporary exemption. If temporary, the exemption must state how long the temporary exemption is valid.

Religious Exemptions
No religious exemption would be helpful because almost all parents would be ineligible due to the very narrow restrictions. These exemptions only apply to those people who are members of a religious institution, denomination, or organized group whose official statement of belief or creed includes a prohibition against ever seeing a doctor or receiving medical treatment of any kind, no matter how serious the health emergency.

Conclusion
SB 277 is a major incremental step toward taking away the right and responsibility of parents to make decisions for the care and protection of their own children in every part of life, including medical care.

Examples of other areas in which parental rights are being undermined include the area of education (we are again battling mandatory kindergarten in a new bill: AB 713), mental health, religion and philosophy of life, social life (can a parent restrict a child from certain things on the internet, friends, books, etc., or any other influences?). Another example is the recent alarming “medical kidnappings” of minors for medical procedures and treatments forced on children without permission from their parents or allowing parents to get a second opinion.  For more information on these kinds of parental rights violations visit www.parentalrights.org .

Parents need to understand the bigger picture of what is at stake here. This isn’t just about vaccines. Regardless of what we think about any mandatory vaccine, we must protect the rights of parents to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children.

We must be vigilant to hold our ground against SB 277. Your help is key to the defense of our freedoms. Please take the above-suggested action ASAP. Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond.

***** ***** ***** *****

For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations, please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources

Permission is given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

***** ***** ***** *****

This Action Alert was sent out by

Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 73
Lincoln, CA 95648

For information on how to contact your State Assembly Member and State Senator, please visit: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

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FPM Alert: SB 277 Call Your State Senator

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – May 12, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  SB 277 (Pan and Allen) as recently amended
Subject: Completely eliminates the personal beliefs exemption to required vaccinations (for school attendance) – A usurpation of parental authority and violation of human rights.

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Your important Phone Calls are urgently needed!

Information Included In This E-mail:
A.  Status
B.  Summary of Concern
C.  Action Items
D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators
E.  Background Information

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A.  Status:
SB 277 passed the California State Senate Health, Education, and Judiciary committees. SB 277 bypassed the Appropriations Committee after it was amended to remove a requirement that each school notify parents of the school’s vaccination rates. This change does not affect our position on this bill. The entire State Senate will vote on this bill as early as this Thursday (May 14th). This will be the last vote taken on SB 277 before it goes to the State Assembly. We urge you to contact your State Senator now. See Action Item below.
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B.  Summary of Concern:

SB 277 eliminates the current right of parents to exempt their child from one or more of the vaccinations required for school enrollment.

SB 277 would take away the historic parental right to independently make informed voluntary decisions regarding the health care of their children, including the choice of which vaccines, if any, their children will receive. This is known as “informed consent”.

SB 277 has been amended to exclude pupils enrolled in home-based private schools from the required vaccinations. However, the amendments to this bill could be changed or deleted at any time. SB 277 needs to be defeated because of its threat to the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.

Additionally, nothing would stop our Legislature from removing this exclusion in future legislation.

We must continue to stand firm and be persistent in our opposition to SB 277!

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C.  ACTION Item:
Always contact legislators as a parent and citizenDo not call or write as a homeschooler.

Call Immediately the member of the California State Senate that represents your district. Please use the following link to find out which Senator is representing your district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

After determining who your State Senator is, use the following link to find your Senator’s Capitol Telephone number:

http://senate.ca.gov/senators

Scroll down to find your State Senator and call the phone number listed under Capitol Office. If you have time, please also call their district office(s).

It is best to call between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Tell them:

“Please vote no on SB 277 (by Pan), as recently amended because I oppose eliminating this historic right of parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine required for school attendance.”

Notes:

  • Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill affects all families with children.
  • This is not an exclusively homeschool issue. Do not call or write as a homeschooler.
  • Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on the Internet.
  • Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
  • Pray for a proper outcome.

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D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators:
SB 277 significantly diminishes parental rights, religious liberties, and personal conscience liberties. It imposes a requirement that will take away the current guaranteed right of a parent to exempt their child from any or all vaccinations required for school enrollment.

Current law already allows for non-vaccinated students to be restricted from attending a school while there is an outbreak of particular communicable diseases.

SB 277 is a violation of the fundamental right of parents to direct the care and upbringing of their children.

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E.  Background Information:
The following are additional but important details related to the bill.

Under current law a parent may exempt their child from any or all vaccines required for school attendance.

SB 277 would delete from California law the “personal beliefs exemption” from required vaccinations.

SB 277 would erode the traditional and God-given right of parents to make voluntary decisions in the best interest of their children in all health care decisions. SB 277 undermines this fundamental right.

All parents should be able to voluntarily choose: (1) which medical service to use for the life and health of their dependent children, (2) which provider they use for that service, and (3) which sources of information to use regarding any medical service/intervention and service provider(s).

It is wise for parents to aggressively seek out good information from multiple sources, concerning the risks of and alternatives to any medical care, procedure or treatment, prior to making a decision concerning a medical service (intervention, care, costs, etc., including every vaccination) for their child.

We are not taking a position on vaccinations. For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources .

Currently, the majority of information provided about vaccinations is heavily weighted toward sending a message that all vaccines work and are good for your children with only rare and temporary discomfort. Very little, if any, information is sent from most medical, media, and government sources on facts concerning why some vaccines have a lower rate of conferred immunity. Nor is information made readily available regarding the harmful and sometimes deadly or permanently disabling effects of particular vaccines due to their contents, and how and when and under what conditions they are given. Very few studies have been done on the long-term effects of vaccines.

Vaccination Risks
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, 131 S. Ct. 1068, 179 L.Ed.2d 1 (2011).   See additional information at: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources and http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data.html .

Medical Exemptions
Under SB 277, the only way a child could be exempted from one or more required vaccines would be to obtain a medical exemption from a physician, which is difficult to obtain. Medical exemptions are usually given for only one vaccine at a time. They are only given after a serious reaction has already occurred from a previous vaccine or a physician determines that a vaccine is contraindicated due to allergies or some other physical condition of the child.

A medical exemption must be documented by a letter from a physician stating who the exemption is for and for what vaccine. It must specify whether it is a permanent or temporary exemption. If temporary, the exemption must state how long the temporary exemption is valid.

Religious Exemptions
No religious exemption would be helpful because almost all parents would be ineligible due to the very narrow restrictions. These exemptions only apply to those people who are members of a religious institution, denomination, or organized group whose official statement of belief or creed includes a prohibition against ever seeing a doctor or receiving medical treatment of any kind, no matter how serious the health emergency.

Conclusion
SB 277 is a major incremental step toward taking away the right and responsibility of parents to make decisions for the care and protection of their own children in every part of life, including medical care.

Examples of other areas in which parental rights are being undermined include the area of education (we are again battling mandatory kindergarten in a new bill: AB 713), mental health, religion and philosophy of life, social life (can a parent restrict a child from certain things on the internet, friends, books, etc., or any other influences?). Another example is the recent alarming “medical kidnappings” of minors for medical procedures and treatments forced on children without permission from their parents or allowing parents to get a second opinion.  For more information on these kinds of parental rights violations visit www.parentalrights.org .

Parents need to understand the bigger picture of what is at stake here. This isn’t just about vaccines. Regardless of what we think about any mandatory vaccine, we must protect the rights of parents to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children.

We must be vigilant to hold our ground against SB 277. Your help is key to the defense of our freedoms. Please take the above-suggested action ASAP. Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond.

***** ***** ***** *****

For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations, please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources

Permission is given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

***** ***** ***** *****

This Action Alert was sent out by
Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

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FPM Alert: SB 277 Call Senate Appropriations Committee Members

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – May 5th, 2015
From:  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA

Bill:  SB 277 (Pan and Allen) as recently amended
Subject: Completely eliminates the personal beliefs exemption to required vaccinations (for school attendance) – A usurpation of parental authority and violation of human rights.

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Your important Phone Calls are urgently needed!

Information Included In This E-mail:

A.  Status
B.  Summary of Concern
C.  Action Items
D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators
E.  Background Information

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A.  Status:
SB 277 passed the Senate Health, Education, and Judiciary Committees. This bill could be scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee as early as this coming Monday, May 11th. This is the last committee in which SB 277 will be heard before going to the Senate Floor for a vote and then on to the State Assembly. We urge you to contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee – see Action Items below.

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B.  Summary of Concern:
SB 277 eliminates the current right of parents to exempt their child from one or more of the vaccinations required for school enrollment.

SB 277 would take away the historic parental right to independently make informed voluntary decisions regarding the health care of their children, including the choice of which vaccines, if any, their children will receive. This is known as “informed consent”.

SB 277 has been amended to exclude pupils enrolled in home-based private schools from the required vaccinations. However, the amendments to this bill could be changed or deleted at any time. SB 277 needs to be defeated because of its threat to the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.

Additionally, nothing would stop our Legislature from removing this exclusion in future legislation.

We must continue to stand firm and be persistent in our opposition to SB 277!

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C.  ACTION Items:

The most critical action items are at the top of this list. Please move down the list and complete as many additional items on the list as you can. Always contact legislators as a parent and citizenDo not call or write as a homeschooler.

1) Call Immediately – By 4pm this coming Friday, May 8th, call the member of the Senate Appropriations Committee according to the first letter of your Last Name as indicated in the alphabetized list below. It is best to call between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Tell them:

“Please vote no on SB 277 (by Pan), as recently amended because I oppose eliminating this historic right of parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine required for school attendance.”

2) Please also consider calling some or all of the rest of the committee members on the list below.

3) Write your State Senator

Please write and mail a letter to the member of the Senate that represents your district. Please use this link to find out which Senator is representing your district and his or her district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov. Please include the following or similarly worded statement in your letter: “Please vote no on SB 277 (by Pan), as recently amended because I oppose eliminating this historic right of parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine required for school attendance.” You may also refer to the “Opposition Points to Share with Legislators” for additional ideas that you could add to your letter.

Notes:

  • Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill affects all families with children.
  • This is not an exclusively homeschool issue. Do not call or write as a homeschooler.
  • Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on the Internet.
  • Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
  • Pray for a proper outcome.

For Action Items #1 above, please call the member of the Senate Appropriations Committee according to the first letter of your last name, as indicated in the following list. If the Senator representing your district is in the following list please call them first. Then please also call as many others on this list as you can.

California State Senate Appropriations Committee

A-B
Ricardo Lara, (Chair)
Phone: 916-651-4033
Fax: 916-651-4933

C-E
Patricia C. Bates, (Vice Chair)
Phone: 916-651-4036
Fax: 916-651-4936

F-H
Jim Beall
Phone: 916-651-4015
Fax: 916-651-4915

I-L
Jerry Hill
Phone: 916-651-4013
Fax: 916-651-4913

M-Q
Connie M. Leyva
Phone: 916-651-4020
Fax: 916-651-4920

R-S
Tony Mendoza
Phone: 916-651–4032
Fax: 916-651-4932

T-Z
Jim Nielsen
Phone: 916-651–4004
Fax: 916-651-4904

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D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators:
SB 277 significantly diminishes parental rights, religious liberties, and personal conscience liberties. It imposes a requirement that will take away the current guaranteed right of a parent to exempt their child from any or all vaccinations required for school enrollment.

Current law already allows for non-vaccinated students to be restricted from attending a school while there is an outbreak of particular communicable diseases.

SB 277 is a violation of the fundamental right of parents to direct the care and upbringing of their children.

***** ***** ***** *****

E.  Background Information:
The following are additional but important details related to the bill.

Under current law a parent may exempt their child from any or all vaccines required for school attendance.

SB 277 would delete from California law the “personal beliefs exemption” from required vaccinations.

SB 277 would erode the traditional and God-given right of parents to make voluntary decisions in the best interest of their children in all health care decisions. SB 277 undermines this fundamental right.

All parents should be able to voluntarily choose: (1) which medical service to use for the life and health of their dependent children, (2) which provider they use for that service, and (3) which sources of information to use regarding any medical service/intervention and service provider(s).

It is wise for parents to aggressively seek out good information from multiple sources, concerning the risks of and alternatives to any medical care, procedure or treatment, prior to making a decision concerning a medical service (intervention, care, costs, etc., including every vaccination) for their child.

We are not taking a position on vaccinations. For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources .

Currently, the majority of information provided about vaccinations is heavily weighted toward sending a message that all vaccines work and are good for your children with only rare and temporary discomfort. Very little, if any, information is sent from most medical, media, and government sources on facts concerning why some vaccines have a lower rate of conferred immunity. Nor is information made readily available regarding the harmful and sometimes deadly or permanently disabling effects of particular vaccines due to their contents, and how and when and under what conditions they are given. Very few studies have been done on the long-term effects of vaccines.

Vaccination Risks
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, 131 S. Ct. 1068, 179 L.Ed.2d 1 (2011).   See additional information at: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources and http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data.html .

Medical Exemptions
Under SB 277, the only way a child could be exempted from one or more required vaccines would be to obtain a medical exemption from a physician, which is difficult to obtain. Medical exemptions are usually given for only one vaccine at a time. They are only given after a serious reaction has already occurred from a previous vaccine or a physician determines that a vaccine is contraindicated due to allergies or some other physical condition of the child.

A medical exemption must be documented by a letter from a physician stating who the exemption is for and for what vaccine. It must specify whether it is a permanent or temporary exemption. If temporary, the exemption must state how long the temporary exemption is valid.

Religious Exemptions
No religious exemption would be helpful because almost all parents would be ineligible due to the very narrow restrictions. These exemptions only apply to those people who are members of a religious institution, denomination, or organized group whose official statement of belief or creed includes a prohibition against ever seeing a doctor or receiving medical treatment of any kind, no matter how serious the health emergency.

Conclusion
SB 277 is a major incremental step toward taking away the right and responsibility of parents to make decisions for the care and protection of their own children in every part of life, including medical care.

Examples of other areas in which parental rights are being undermined include the area of education (we are again battling mandatory kindergarten in a new bill: AB 713), mental health, religion and philosophy of life, social life (can a parent restrict a child from certain things on the internet, friends, books, etc., or any other influences?). Another example are the recent alarming “medical kidnappings” of minors for medical procedures and treatments forced on children without permission from their parents or allowing parents to get a second opinion.  For more information on these kinds of parental rights violations visit www.parentalrights.org .

Parents need to understand the bigger picture of what is at stake here. This isn’t just about vaccines. Regardless of what we think about any mandatory vaccine, we must protect the rights of parents to direct the care, upbringing, and education of their children.

We must be vigilant to hold our ground against SB 277. Your help is key to the defense of our freedoms. Please take the above-suggested action ASAP. Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond.

***** ***** ***** *****

For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations, please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources

Permission is given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

***** ***** ***** *****

This Action Alert was sent out by
Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

 

For information on how to contact your state assembly member and state senator, please visit: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

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FPM Alert: SB 277 Call Senate Judiciary Committee

JOINT LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT – April 23, 2015
From:
  Roy Hanson — Family Protection Ministries and Mike Smith — HSLDA
Bill:  SB 277 (Pan) as amended 4/22/15
Subject: Completely eliminates personal beliefs exemption to required vaccinations for school attendance – A threat to parental rights

Position:  Strongly OPPOSE

Your important Phone Calls are urgently needed!

Information Included In This E-mail:

A.  Status
B.  Summary of Concern
C.  Action Items
D. 
Opposition Points to Share with Legislators
E. 
Background Information

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A.  Status:

SB 277 passed the Senate Health Committee on April 8th and the Senate Education Committee on April 22nd. The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee this coming Tuesday, April 28th.

Even if you have already called members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, please call again (See Action Items below).

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B.  Summary of Concern:

SB 277 eliminates the current right for parents to exempt their child from one or more of the vaccinations required for school enrollment. The personal beliefs exemption is currently the only option available to all parents in California for exempting children from any or all of the vaccinations required for school enrollment.

SB 277 would take away the historic parental right to independently make informed voluntary decisions regarding the health care of their children, including the choice of which vaccines, if any, their children will receive. This is known as “informed consent”.

SB 277 has been amended to exclude home-based private schools from only some of the required vaccinations. SB 277 needs to be defeated because of its threat to the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.

Additionally, nothing would stop our Legislature from removing this partial exclusion for some homeschoolers either before this bill passes or in future legislation.

We must continue to stand firm and be persistent in our opposition to SB 277!

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C.  ACTION Items:

The most critical action items are at the top of this list. Please move down the list and complete as many additional items on the list as you can. Always contact legislators as a parent and citizenDo not call or write as a homeschooler.

1) CALL IMMEDIATELY – By 4pm this coming Monday, April 27th, call the member of the Senate Judiciary Committee according to the first letter of your Last Name as indicated in the alphabetized list below. It is best to call between 9:00am and 4:00pm.

TELL THEM:

“Please vote no on SB 277 (by Pan), as recently amended because I oppose eliminating this historic right of parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine required for school attendance.”

2) PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER CALLING SOME OR ALL OF THE REST OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS ON THE LIST BELOW.

3) WRITE YOUR STATE SENATOR
a) Please write and mail a letter to the member of the Senate that represents your district. Please use this link to find out which Senator is representing your district and his or her district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov. Please include the following statement in your letter: “Please vote no on SB 277 (by Pan), as recently amended because I oppose eliminating this historic right of parents to exempt their children from receiving a vaccine required for school attendance.” You may also refer to the “Opposition Points to Share with Legislators” for additional ideas that you could add to your letter.

b) Please fax a copy of your letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee at (916) 403-7394.

c) Please fax a copy of your letter to every member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. See their fax numbers in the list below.

Notes:

  • Always contact legislators as a parent and citizen.  This bill directly affects all families with children.
  • This is not an exclusively homeschool issue. Do not call or write as a homeschooler.
  • Do not disclose the source of this Alert. All bills are available on the Internet.
  • Pass this on to your friends, church, school, and group.
  • Pray for a proper outcome.

For Action Items #1 above, please call the member of the Senate Judiciary Committee according to the first letter of your last name, as indicated in the following list. If the Senator representing your district is in the following list please call them first. Then please also call as many others on this list as you can.

California State Senate Judiciary Committee

A-B
Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair)
Phone: 916-651-4019
Fax: 916-651-4919

C-E
John Moorlach (Vice Chair)
Phone: 916-651-4037
Fax: 916-651-4937

F-H
Joel Anderson
Phone: 916-651-4038
Fax: 916-651-4938

I-L
Robert M. Hertzberg
Phone: 916-651-4018
Fax: 916-651-4918

M-Q
Mark Leno
Phone: 916-651-4011
Fax: 916-651-4911

R-S
William W. Monning
Phone: 916-651-4017
Fax: 916-651-4917

T-Z
Bob Wieckowski
Phone: 916-651-4010
Fax: 916-651-4910

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D.  Opposition Points to Share with Legislators:

SB 277 is a threat to parental rights, religious liberties, and personal conscience liberties. It imposes a requirement that will take away the current guaranteed right of a parent to exempt their child from any or all vaccinations required for school enrollment.

Current law already allows for non-vaccinated students to be restricted from attending a school while there is an outbreak of particular communicable diseases.

SB 277 is a violation of the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children.

***** ***** ***** *****

E.  Background Information:

The following are additional but important details related to the bill.

Under current law a parent may exempt their child from any or all vaccines required for school attendance.

If SB 277 passes, all children would be required to be vaccinated with all required vaccines regardless of their risks and what the parents strongly believe is in the best interest of their child’s health and survival. SB 277 would apply to all pupils enrolled in a public or private school (including home schools). It would delete from California law the “personal beliefs exemption” from vaccinations.

SB 277 would erode the traditional and God-given right of parents to make voluntary decisions in the best interest of their children in all health care decisions. SB 277 undermines this fundamental right.

Parents should be able to voluntarily choose: (1) which medical service to use for the life and health of their dependent children, (2) which provider they use for that service, and (3) which sources of information to use regarding any medical service/intervention and service provider(s).

It is wise for parents to aggressively seek out good information from multiple sources, concerning the risks of and alternatives to any medical service, prior to making a decision concerning a medical service (intervention, care, costs, etc.) for their child.

We are not taking a position on vaccinations. For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources .

Currently the information provided about vaccinations is heavily weighted toward sending a message that all vaccines work and are good for your children with only rare and temporary discomfort. Very little, if any, information is sent from most medical, media, and government sources on facts concerning why some vaccines have a lower rate of conferred immunity. Nor is information made readily available regarding the harmful and sometimes deadly or permanently disabling effects of particular vaccines due to their contents, and how and when and under what conditions they are given. Very few studies have been done on the long-term effects of vaccines.

Risks

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, 131 S. Ct. 1068, 179 L.Ed.2d 1 (2011).   See additional information at: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources and http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data.html .

Medical Exemptions

Under SB 277, the only way a child could be exempted from one or more required vaccines would be to obtain a medical exemption from a physician, which is difficult to obtain. Medical exemptions are usually given for only one vaccine at a time. They are only given after a serious reaction has already occurred from a previous vaccine or a physician determines that a vaccine is contraindicated due to allergies or some other physical condition of the child.

A medical exemption must be documented by a letter from a physician stating who the exemption is for and for what vaccine. It must specify whether it is a permanent or temporary exemption. If temporary, the exemption must state how long the temporary exemption is valid.

Religious Exemptions

No present or future religious exemption will be helpful because almost all parents are ineligible due to the very narrow restrictions. These exemptions only apply to those people who are members of a religious institution, denomination, or organized group whose official statement of belief or creed includes a prohibition against ever seeing a doctor or receiving medical treatment of any kind, no matter how serious the health emergency.

 

Conclusion

SB 277 is a major incremental step toward taking away the right and responsibility of parents to make decisions for the care and protection of their own children in every part of life, including medical care.

Examples of other areas in which parental rights are being undermined include the area of education (we are again battling mandatory kindergarten in a new bill: AB 713), mental health, religion and philosophy of life, social life (can a parent restrict a child from certain things on the internet, friends, books, etc., or any other influences?). Another example are the recent alarming “kidnappings” of minors for medical procedures and treatments forced on children without permission from their parents.  For more information on these kinds of parental rights violations visit www.parentalrights.org .

Parents need to understand the bigger picture of what is at stake here. This isn’t just about vaccines. Regardless of what we think about any mandatory vaccine, we must protect the individual rights of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children.

This bill is a further government effort to take over what has historically been a parent’s right and responsibility – to make voluntary informed decisions that they deem are in the best interest of their minor child, concerning every area of their child’s life, including medical care. We must be vigilant to hold our ground against SB 277. Your help is key to the defense of our freedoms. Please take the above-suggested action ASAP. Quickly pass this alert on to others who might respond.

***** ***** ***** *****

For more information and resources on benefits and dangers of vaccinations please visit: www.fpmca.wordpress.com/vaccination-resources

Permission is given to forward this Action Alert unaltered to your friends, church, school, and group.

***** ***** ***** *****

This Action Alert was sent out by

Roy Hanson and Nathan Pierce
Family Protection Ministries
PO Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648

For information on how to contact your state assembly member and state senator, please visit: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

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