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4/6/2005 12:05:48 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Calls Needed to Senate Today to Stop Immunization Tracking Bill

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April 6, 2005


Colorado--Calls Needed to Senate Today to Stop Immunization Tracking
Bill


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Senate Bill 87 needs to be defeated. Please call your state senator
today and ask him to vote against S.B. 87. Your calls are making an
impact.

If we do not defeat this bill in the legislature, we will urge you to
call the governor and ask him to veto S.B. 87.

Although there are some worthwhile aspects to the bill, the drawbacks
outweigh the benefits. The most blatant problem is the threat to our
privacy and freedom since the Department of Public Health will be
given the power to hire a "contractor" who "may directly contact the
parent. . . if immunizations are due or overdue."

A government agency will be calling, or potentially visiting your
home, in order to determine the status of your child's immunizations.

The current law only allows the parent to be contacted if there is an
outbreak of a disease.

Please call your senator today and ask them to vote against SB 87. We
join together with Treon Goossen of Concerned Parents of Colorado and
Christian Home Educators of Colorado in opposing this bill. In
particular, we extend our thanks to Treon, who has worked tirelessly
against this bill via personal lobbying at the Capitol.


ACTION REQUESTED

Call your senator and give him this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 87. It violates our right to privacy.
We do not want the government acting as the nanny of our children.
Parents should be trusted to act in the best interests of their
children."

To contact your state representative, call the Capitol at 303-866-2904
or use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .


BACKGROUND

The current law gives parents the opportunity to declare an exemption
from any or all immunizations based on a religious or personal belief
or for health reasons. The current law requires doctors to inform
parents of their right to not have their children immunized for these
reasons.

The current law also gives parents the right to opt-out of the
Immunization Tracking System (ITS). The law states, "A parent or legal
guardian who consents to the immunization of an infant, child, or
student...shall have the option to exclude such information from the
immunization tracking system. The parent or legal guardian shall have
the option to remove such information from the immunization tracking
system at any time."

Current law also requires doctors to inform parents of their right to
opt out of the tracking system.

Although Colorado parents have these safeguards, testimony at the
hearing revealed inconsistencies if this new law is passed. The
Department of Public Health will be able to contact parents even if
they opt out. The ability to contact parents and track their responses
effectively abolishes the "opt out."

S.B. 87 does provide two positive amendments. They require the
contractor hired by the Department to notify parents of their right to
be exempt from immunizations for religious and personal belief
reasons. Also, social service agents are prohibited from investigating
a family merely because they choose not to immunize. HSLDA has
regularly represented members who were harassed by social workers for
not immunizing their children.

Nonetheless, I believe the overall negative effects of this bill
warrant its defeat.

Please call your senator today.

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel




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