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Eliminates the religious belief exemption, hearing scheduled for 3/26/2015

Location: RI
Title: Eliminates the religious belief exemption, hearing scheduled for 3/26/2015
Identifier: S 381
Stance: OPPOSE
Action Required: None at this time
Status: Recommended to be held for further study, died

Description:

http://warwickonline.com/stories/Vaccination-exemption-stays-for-now,104571 - news article about the bill 

UPDATE: 3/26/2015 - S 381 had a hearing on 3/26/2015.  The committee recommended the bill be held for further study, meaning the bill did not  move forward and died. 

Dear Rhode Island NVIC Advocacy Team Members,

Your action is urgently needed to protect your right to make informed vaccination decisions for your children in Rhode Island. 

S 381 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on March 26, 2015. The bill eliminates the religious exemption to vaccination for all public and private schools in RI, including any college or university. Rhode Island does not have a conscientious or personal belief exemption. If the bill passes, the only option for delaying or declining one or more of the vaccines required for school would be a medical exemption.  Your voice of opposition is needed!

We are asking everyone in Rhode Island who cares about the right to execute a religious exemption to delay or decline one or more vaccines, to immediately contact your state senator and house member and ask them to oppose S 381 and to contact all the Senate Health and Human Services Committee members and ask them to OPPOSE S 381 as well.

This bill is especially troubling for Rhode Island families because additional vaccine mandates were added by administrative rule in July, 2014, including an HPV Mandate. A 3-dose HPV immunization requirement is being phased in. For fall 2015, 1 dose will be required for 7th graders. For fall 2016, one dose will be required for 7th graders and 2 doses will be required for 8th graders. For fall 2017, 1 dose will be required for 7th graders, 2 doses will be required for 8th graders, and 3 doses will be required for 9th graders. (http://www.health.ri.gov/publications/guidelines/SummaryOfImmunizationRegulationChanges.pdf - summary of new vaccine mandates that go into effect Aug. 1, 2015)  The ACLU opposed these new mandates and here is a copy of their letter: http://riaclu.org/images/uploads/DOH_school_vaccinations_testimony_.pdf.    

S 381 violates religious freedom, parental rights and medical freedom. The bill creates a hostile environment for Rhode Island families who don’t agree with safety, efficacy, or necessity of every single dose of every single government mandated vaccine for religious reasons especially in light of all the new mandates. 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. 

ACTION NEEDED:  

1) Plan on attending the hearing and testifying against S 381. Prepare a 3 minute written statement that you can read or submit and bring at least 12 copies. S 381 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on March 26, 2015.  The hearing starts after the rise of the senate (when they are done with their full senate session) which is usually between 4:30 and 5:45 PM.  The hearing will be in the Senate Lounge Room on the 2nd floor at the Capitol.  Contact the committee clerk listed below in the contact information or your Senator for a better estimate during the day of when the committee will meet or plan on getting there early just to make sure you are there in time. http://status.rilin.state.ri.us/documents/agenda-10945.pdf - committee hearing agenda for 3/26/15

2)  Contact members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services (see contact information below) and tell them to vote NO on S 381.  

3)  Contact your own Rhode Island State Senator and Representative and ask them to vote NO on S 381. If you do not know who your Rhode Island state legislators are, you can login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal and your elected officials will be posted on the right hand side. http://NVICAdvocacy.org  You can also use this search engine - https://sos.ri.gov/vic/.

The suggested modes of communication below are listed in the order of being more likely to be more impactful on educating your legislator.

a) Make an appointment for a direct personal visit;
b) Make an appointment to talk directly in a personal phone call;
c) Make an appointment to talk in person to a legislative aide;
d) Call and talk to a legislative aide to relay a message;
e) Stop by your legislator’s office and talk to the aid responsible for vaccine bills,
f) Send a letter, a fax, or an email through web contact forms or legislative email address.

4) Logon to the NVIC Advocacy Portal often to check for updates.  Bills can change many times over the legislative process. 

5)  Forward this email to family and friends.    

COMMITTEE CONTACT INFORMATION

Rhode Island Senate Committee on Health and Human Services - http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/ComMembers/ComMemS.asp?ComChoiceS=SCHH - committee information

Seantor

Capitol Phone

Email

Senator Cynthia A. Coyne

   (401) 222-6655

   sen-coyne@rilin.state.ri.us

Senator Elizabeth A. Crowley

   (401) 725-8526

   sen-crowley@rilin.state.ri.us

Senator Gayle L. Goldin

   (401) 340-5050

   sen-goldin@rilin.state.ri.us

Senator Joshua Miller - Chair

   (401) 276-5582

   sen-miller@rilin.state.ri.us

Senator Donna M. Nesselbush – Vice    Chair

    (401) 728-3244

   sen-nesselbush@rilin.state.ri.us

Senator Christopher Scott Ottiano

    (401) 222-2708

   sen-ottiano@rilin.state.ri.us

Senator Adam J. Satchell

    (401) 615-5170

   sen-satchell@rilin.state.ri.us

Senator James C. Sheehan

    (401) 885-1988

   sen-sheehan@rilin.state.ri.us

 Senator V. Susan Sosnowski

    (401) 783-7704

   sen-sosnowski@rilin.state.ri.us

sen-coyne@rilin.state.ri.ussen-crowley@rilin.state.ri.ussen-goldin@rilin.state.ri.us ; sen-miller@rilin.state.ri.us ; sen-nesselbush@rilin.state.ri.us ; sen-ottiano@rilin.state.ri.us ; sen-satchell@rilin.state.ri.us ; sen-sheehan@rilin.state.ri.us ; sen-sosnowski@rilin.state.ri.us

Clerk: Robin Dionne

Phone: 401-222-2381

Email: Slegislation@rilin.state.ri.us

TALKING POINTS:

Introduce yourself and identify yourself as a constituent to your own Representative and Senator. Ask your legislator to OPPOSE S 381 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. 

S 381 violates religious freedom, parental rights and medical freedom. The bill creates a hostile environment for Rhode Island families who don’t agree with safety, efficacy, or necessity of every single dose of every single government mandated vaccine for religious reasons especially in light of all the new mandates.

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
National Vaccine Information Center
http://NVIC.org and http://NVICAdvocacy.org
https://nvicadvocacy.org/members/Members/ContactUs.aspx

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UPDATE: 3/21/2015 - S 381 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on March 26, 2015. 

http://status.rilin.state.ri.us/documents/agenda-10945.pdf - committee hearing agenda for 3/26/15


S 381 was introduced on 2/25/2015 and referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.  The bill is sponsored by Senators Miller, and Goldin. 

The bill eliminates the religious exemption to vaccination for all public and private schools in RI, including any college or university. If the bill passes the only option for delaying or declining one or more of the vaccines required for school would be a medical exemption.  

Additional vaccine mandates were added by administrative rule in July, 2014, including an HPV Mandate. 

A 3-dose HPV immunization requirement is being phased in. For fall 2015, 1 dose will be required for 7th graders. For fall 2016, one dose will be required for 7th graders and 2 doses will be required for 8th graders. For fall 2017, 1 dose will be required for 7th graders, 2 doses will be required for 8th graders, and 3 doses will be required for 9th graders.

http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText15/SenateText15/S0381.htm

 - text of S 381

http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/ComMembers/ComMemS.asp?ComChoiceS=SCHH - committee information

http://www.health.ri.gov/publications/guidelines/SummaryOfImmunizationRegulationChanges.pdf - summary of new vaccine mandates that go into effect Aug. 1, 2015.