Update: This bill was gutted and altered in the Senate. Although the gutted bill did pass with a vote of 19-16, the ease with which Colorado parents elect to take a vaccine exemption simply by signing a piece of paper would remain as-is. The heart of 1288 was removed.
Parents will have little choice over whether or not to have their children vaccinated in Colorado now, due to a bipartisan measure passed by Colorado’s House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee this past Thursday. Parents who intended to claim the ‘opt out’ available in a current rendition of Colorado’s current law, due to religious or personal beliefs, will find it much more difficult to do so.
HB 14-1288, which gained traction after recent whooping cough outbreaks, will require parents to complete an online ‘education’ module and get the signature of their health care providers confirming that parents have been informed of health risks and a ‘possible detriment to the community’ if their children go unvaccinated.
House Bill 1288 completely ignores the fact that many vaccines have been proven dangerous to young children, and can even cause death and infertility. Parents and doctors also offered hours of testimony to House representatives, but to no avail. The bill was proposed by State Rep. Dan Pabon (D) as a means to make sure that parents weren’t just opting out of vaccines for ‘convenience,’ as he mentioned in a statement given to the Denver Post.
“Vaccine refusal results in higher rates of vaccine-preventable disease,” Pabon said. “This is a public health issue. These are very serious diseases.”
Colorado’s school children have the sixth-highest rate of non-vaccination among kindergarteners in public school. The new bill mandates that public record be made of all children who are not-vaccinated, via percentages reported by licensed schools and day care centers.
Pabon argues that immuno-compromised children are being exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases, but these are the very children most at risk when they receive vaccines administered with a traditional vaccine schedule (or even an altered one). Vaccinations given to immuno-compromised children can cause death, even, as evidenced in records leak due to the freedom of information act in the UK.
Pabon also says that older populations are at risk when young children aren’t vaccinated, but how he determines this bit of propaganda is beyond reason.
Although the bill would not eliminate the personal belief exemption, parents opposing the legislation argued that increased education mandates could lead to the erosion of parental rights.
“Parents have a constitutional right to parent their children,” Susan Lawson, whose daughter developed encephalitis after a routine vaccine when she was a year old, told CBS Denver. “I am not an uneducated woman.”
Anti-vaccination advocacy group National Vaccine Information Center has also attacked the proposal as one that “singles out and discriminates against a minority of parents with sincerely held personal beliefs … by assuming they are uneducated and should be forced into a state approved ‘education’ program.’
18 states have recently presented bills to make vaccination opt-outs more difficult. Our rights to choose what to do with our bodies and how to protect our children from vaccines containing dangerous adjuvants are being whittled away. Just look at this list presented by know-vaccines.org of just some of the additives currently in vaccines given to children and adults alike:
- • aluminum hydroxide, acetone (solvent used in fingernail polish remover)
- • aluminum phosphate (toxic)
- • ammonium sulfate
- • amphotericin B
- • animal tissues: pig blood, horse blood, rabbit brain,
- • dog kidney, monkey kidney
- • chick embryo, chicken egg, duck egg
- • calf (bovine) serum
- • betapropiolactone
- • fetal bovine serum
- • formaldehyde – used to embalm dead bodies
- • formalin
- • gelatin
- • glycerol
- • human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue)
- • hydrolized gelatin
- • monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- • neomycin (antibiotic)
- • neomycin sulfate
- • phenol red indicator
- • phenoxyethanol (antifreeze)
- • potassium diphosphate
- • potassium monophosphate
- • polymyxin B
- • polysorbate 20
- • polysorbate 80
- • porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein
- • residual MRC5 proteins
- • sorbitol
- • sucrose
- • streptomycin (antibiotic)
- • thimerosal (mercury)
- • tri(n)butylphosphate (neurotoxin)
- • VERO cells, a continuous line of monkey kidney cells
- • washed sheep red blood cells
These adjuvants cause everything from Alzheimer’s, neurotoxicity, brain injury, auto-immune disorders, gastrointestinal damage, liver and lung damage, cysts, arthritis, kidney damage, allergic reactions, seizures, and even death – but of course parents are opting out, simply due to convenience.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.