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A Bill for a Conscientious Exemption to State-Mandated Immunizations

Location: KS
Title: A Bill for a Conscientious Exemption to State-Mandated Immunizations
Identifier: HB 2094
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Failed to move out of the House Health and Human Services Committee


2/2/2012 UPDATE:

At this time, after much work, there is not enough support in the Kansas HHS Committee to send the Conscientious Exemption HB 2094 out for a House vote. 
THANK YOU to all of you who worked so hard to make phone calls and send emails to the committee members and to your Representatives and Senators.
The only other option for this year is to try and get a bill going in the Senate. If everyone could call or email their own Senator and ask if they can help get a bill introduced that would be helpful. We will continue sharing information with the legislators and gaining more support in preparation for next year.
There are 3 main reasons the Conscientious Exemption HB 2094 did not succeed this year:
1. There are not enough legislators in the committee and out of the committee, who are educated enough on this subject to support it.
2. They are not hearing from and talking with enough citizens from across the whole state who want and need this bill passed.
3. They are under too much pressure or are too afraid about how this new exemption might  affect the public health in Kansas.

Support the Conscientious Exemption Kansas House Bill 2094.
Protecting Parental Rights, Informed Consent and Freedom of Conscience!


1/31/12 UPDATE

A final decision by the HHS Committee still has not been made, please continue emailing and calling them so they know we are still here!
Send them an email or quick phone message
"Please support HB 2094 and Parental Rights, Informed Consent and Freedom of Conscience!"
(On the right of that page you'll see the names of all the members, starting with where it says "Chair" and then the name "Brenda Landwehr" at the top and the rest of the members following below. If you click on each of their names it will bring you to their individual page where you can find their contact info on the right side of the screen also.)
  Here is what we need to do:  
 1. Continue respectful discussions with the committee members and with all the Representatives and Senators about this important issue.    
2. Set up a special task force that will help estabish and maintain relationships with the legislators in order to facilitate a mutually respectful continuing dialoge about this.   
3. Continue growing our group and reaching out to outside groups that we can work with to build more support in the community and in turn with the legislators.
We need at least 10 Volunteers to join this Special Task Force. Please email us asap if you are able to help with this.
 "Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. The more propitious the situation in which we demonstrate hope, the deeper the hope is. Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out." Vaclav Havel 



The 2012 Kansas legislative session opens January 9, 2012, and the hearing for HB2094 is on Wednesday, January 18 in the Docking State Office building, 915 SW Harrison (10th & Harrison), Topeka, Kansas in Room # 784 at 1:30 p.m. text of HB 2094




A Bill for a Conscientious Exemption to State-Mandated Immunizations

…Protects Parental Rights, Informed consent, and Freedom of Conscience

Joins 19 other states to legally provide a conscientious exemption to state-required immunizations…

■Gives parents back their right to make informed and conscientious decisions about their children’s health and vaccinations without the pressure of a requirement.
■Allows parents and individuals to decline one, some, or all state-required immunizations for reasons of conscience or other personal beliefs.

Right now this is in the House Health and Human Services Committee. We will get a hearing in the next few weeks to speak on behalf of the bill to the Health Committee.

It MUST leave the committee to go to the full House for a vote. If it passes, then it will move to the Senate where we also have a lot of support. Please contact your individual district Representative and Senator so they will support the bill once it gets to the main House. Or see if they are on the Health and Human Services Committee.

Go here to see who your legislators are.

It is essential that we contact the Health Committee members and let them know that you think parents should have the right to make medical decisions for their children~not the government.

 Click here for a sample script to use when calling them. (Don’t be scared of calling, they will not bite and you are only calling to ask for something that already belongs to you)

Use the brochure that explains who we are & why we need this.