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Eliminates the religious belief exemption to vaccination in Maryland

Location: MD
Title: Eliminates the religious belief exemption to vaccination in Maryland
Identifier: HB 687
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Withdrawn/dead

Description:

UPDATE: 3/14/2015 - The hearing on HB 687 in Health and Government Operations Committee for March 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM was cancelled.  The bill was withdrawn and is dead.  

Committee Information - http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=cmtepage&stab=04&id=hgo&tab=subject3&ys=2015RS

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&stab=03&id=hb0687&tab=subject3&ys=2015RS - status of HB 687

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Dear NVIC Advocacy Maryland Team Members, committee information 

A bill to eliminate the religious belief exemption to mandatory vaccination in Maryland has been filed.  HB 687 was introduced on 2/12/2015 and had a first reading in the House Health and Government Committee.  This bill is sponsored by Delegates Benjamin S Barnes, Campos, Frush, Jackson, and C. Wilson.  

Maryland does not have a conscientious or personal belief exemption.  If this bill passes the only option for parents who choose to delay or decline one or more of the vaccines required for school in Maryland will be for limited medical contraindications.

We are asking everyone in Maryland who cares about the right to execute a religious exemption to delay or decline one or more vaccines, to immediately contact your delegate and senator and ask them to oppose HB 687. http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2015RS/bills/hb/hb0687F.pdf - text for HB 687.

HB 687 violates religious freedom, parental rights and medical freedom. The bill creates a hostile environment for Maryland families who don’t agree with safety, efficacy, or necessity of every single dose of every single government mandated vaccine for religious reasons.

Do not put this off thinking somebody else will do it. If this issue is important to you, make the time to educate your legislators. 

Do not let these decisions be made for you by those whose power, positions or profit are dependent on forced vaccination. 

 

LEGISLATIVE EDUCATION ACTION NEEDED NOW:

1)    Contact your Maryland State Delegate and Senator and ask them to OPPOSE HB 687.  If you do not know who your Maryland State Delegate and Senator are, you can login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal and your elected officials are posted on the right hand side of your state page http://NVICAdvocacy.org. You can also use this search engine to find your legislators. http://mdelect.net/

2)    Contact members of the House Health and Government Committee and tell them to VOTE NO on HB 687.

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=cmtepage&stab=04&id=hgo&tab=subject7&ys=2015RS – committee information

3)    Plan on attending the hearing and registering your opposition to HB 687 when the bill is heard by the committee.  A hearing has not been scheduled as of 2/14/2015.  NVIC Advocacy will post the hearing date when it is available. Information about how to testify in the House Health and Government Committee is available here:

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=cmtepage&stab=03&id=hgo&tab=subject7&ys=2015RS                

4)    Contact Governor Lawrence Hogan, Jr and ask him to support maintaining religious belief exemptions to mandatory vaccinations and to oppose any effort, like HB 687, to repeal or restrict these exemptions.http://governor.maryland.gov/contact-the-governors-office/  

5)    Login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal often to check for updates.  http://NVICAdvocacy.org. Bills can change many times over the legislative process. Please forward this email to family and friends and ask them to register for the NVIC Advocacy Portal and share their concerns with their legislators as well. 

TALKING POINTS:

Introduce yourself and identify yourself as a constituent. Ask your legislator to OPPOSE HB 687 which eliminates the religious belief exemption to vaccine mandates.

Explain why it is important to your family to be able to delay or decline vaccination using the religious belief exemption. 

Also take the time to share your vaccine reaction, harassment, or vaccine failure stories to personalize your communication.

Vaccines have enough problems that someone shouldn't have their religious exemption rights taken away.

·   Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that cause injury and death for some.  The United States Government has paid out more than $3 billion dollars to vaccine victimsMany more people have adverse reactions. Nobody can predict who will be harmed from vaccines.

·   Vaccines manufacturers and the doctors who administer vaccines are completely shielded from liability for vaccine injuries and deaths.

·   Vaccines fail sometimes where even fully vaccinated people become infected.  Nobody can predict who will or will not respond to vaccines.

·   Children today receive 69 doses of vaccines for 16 different viral and bacterial illnesses which more than doubles the government childhood schedule of 34 doses of 11 different vaccines in the year 2000.  A vaccine exemption is filed regardless of whether the exemption is filed for one dose or all doses. 35 doses and 5 more unique vaccines have been added to the schedule in the last 15 years. Those supporting forced vaccination are being dishonest by not acknowledging the exploding vaccine schedule with controversial manufacturing and ingredients while sounding alarms over small increases in overall non-medical exemptions.

·   There are hundreds of new vaccines in development including some of the following in clinical trials that could be considered controversial for religious reasons: HIV, herpes, E. coli, dengue fever, avian influenza, smallpox, tuberculosis, typhoid, norovirus, cholera, smoking cessation, syphilis, and gonorrhea. If vaccine manufactures and others who profit from forced vaccination convince legislators take away our rights to delay or decline a vaccine now for whatever reason, including a religious belief, what will our future look like?

·    In the past 5 years, drug makers have paid the U.S. Government $19.2 billion in criminal and civil FRAUD penalties. Skepticism of the pharmaceutical industry is well deserved.

·    Physicians, in the American Medical Association Code of Ethics, affirm RELIGIOUS and philosophical exemptions for themselves. See Opinion 9.133 Routine Universal Immunization of Physicians.  Parents should have that same right.

Refer to NVIC’s “Reforming Vaccine Policy and Law” guide for answers to questions your legislators may have.  The fully referenced version can be found on our site posted at:http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements/Reforming-Vaccine-Policy---Law-Guide.aspx. You can include this link in your letters as well.

Refer to “Measles in Disneyland: Third MMR Shot and Vaccine Exemption Ban?”  by NVIC’s President Barbara Leo Fisher for some illuminating insight into facts that need to be exposed about the California measles outbreak and other vaccine failures.  http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/January-2015/measles-in-disneyland-third-mmr-shot-and-vaccine.aspx

 

Sincerely,

NVIC Advocacy Team

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HB 687 was introduced on 2/12/2015 and had a first reading in the House Health and Government Committee.  This bill is sponsored by Delegates Benjamin S Barnes, Campos, Frush, Jackson, and C. Wilson  This bill eliminates to religious belief exemption to vaccination in Maryland.  Maryland does not have a conscientious or personal belief exemption.  

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2015RS/bills/hb/hb0687F.pdf

 - text of HB 687

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=hb0687&stab=01&pid=billpage&tab=subject3&ys=2015RS - status and history for HB 687

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=cmtepage&tab=subject7&id=hgo&stab=01 - Health and Government Committee information