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5/18/2006 2:33:56 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Carolina: Immunization Bill Passes House Committee

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May 18, 2006

South Carolina: Immunization Bill Passes House Committee

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Senate Bill 1046, legislation which would establish a state
immunization registry for South Carolina children, passed the House
Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee on Tuesday
afternoon of this week. It now moves to the full House of
Representatives for a final vote. Contacting members of the House to
urge them to vote against this bill is the last opportunity families
in South Carolina will have to stop passage of this bad legislation.

Senate Bill 1046 would create a state immunization registry at the
Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to track
vaccinations received by children. It would also empower DHEC to
create reporting requirements for citizens, schools, and healthcare
providers to provide information to the registry. Such record keeping
of personal medical information by the state is an unnecessary and
threatening invasion of privacy.

Private medical providers already do an excellent job of maintaining
records on patients receiving immunizations. We don't want the state
to begin harassing citizens about what shots to get and when. There is
a real likelihood that parents who choose not to have their children
vaccinated as prescribed by DHEC will be reported to the Department of
Social Services for medical neglect. This legislation would affect all
families in South Carolina, not just homeschoolers.

There is also a negative fiscal impact of this bill for residents of
South Carolina. The increase in the number of state employees required
to administer this tracking and reporting program will result in
higher operating expenses to the state and possibly higher taxes for
citizens.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please contact your state representative with this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 1046 which would create a state
immunization registry for children. Such record keeping of personal
medical information by the state is an unnecessary invasion of
privacy. Private medical providers already to an excellent job of
maintaining records on patients receiving immunizations.

2. Please forward this email to other families who are not members of
HSLDA and ask them to contact their state representatives as well.

To find the name and contact information for your state
representative, use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox, or you may contact the Clerk of the
House of Representatives at (803) 734-2010.

To view the text of Senate Bill 1046, please visit
http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess116_2005-2006/bills/1046.doc

Please call your state representative today!

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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