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2/13/2007 10:11:56 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia: Calls Needed to Halt Government Encroachment on Parental Rights

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 9, 2007

West Virginia: Calls Needed to Halt
Government Encroachment on Parental Rights

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Your calls are needed to stop H.B. 2835, a bill that would add the
human papillomavirus to the list of mandatory immunizations. Parents
who refuse to permit their children to be given this immunization
without being able to provide a certificate from a physician showing
sufficient reason why it should not be done will be guilty of a
misdemeanor. This would apply to homeschoolers in the same way it
would apply to everyone else. This bill is currently being held in the
House of Delegates Health and Human Resources Committee.


Please call and email the following members of the West Virginia House
of Delegates Health and Human Services Committee and deliver the
following message:

"Please oppose H.B. 2835 if and when it is offered to the Health and
Human Services Committee for approval. Not only does this bill mandate
that young girls receive a highly controversial and inadequately
tested vaccine, but it ignores the rights of the parent to make
decisions with regard to the health of their children. Parents should
determine whether or not this immunization is right for their
daughters, not the legislature."

Contact information for the members of the House Health and Human
Services Committee is below:

Delegate Perdue - Chair
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3269

Delegate Hatfield - Vice-Chair
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3140

Delegate Border - Minority Chair
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3136

Delegate Canterbury - Minority Vice-Chair
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3131

Delegate Boggs
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3280

Delegate Campbell
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3129

Delegate Cann
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3118

Delegate Eldridge
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3174

Delegate Fleischauer
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3169

Delegate Long
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3120

Delegate Longstreth
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3124

Delegate Marshall
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3186

Delegate Moore
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3189

Delegate Moye
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3162

Delegate Pino
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3170

Delegate Rodigherio
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3154

Delegate Spencer
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3218

Delegate Staggers
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3197

Delegate Stalnaker
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3396

Delegate Wysong
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3135

Delegate Ashley
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3185

Delegate Lane
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3275

Delegate Miller, J.
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3147

Delegate Rowan
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3157

Delegate Sumner
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3180


> Forty-eight states provide for religious or
conscientious/philosophical exemptions for parents who choose not to
immunize their children. Seventeen states allow for conscientious
parental choice exemptions: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado,
Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North
Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. Only
Mississippi and West Virginia have no religious or philosophical
exemptions. However, Mississippi does allow an automatic exemption for
homeschool students.

> According to surveys conducted by Centers for Disease Control,
states allowing for conscientious choice exemptions do not have higher
rates of vaccine preventable illnesses.

For more information on immunizations and parental rights, please see
our issue analysis page on immunization at


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

-> How long are you in for?

Some families are facing what seems like a lifelong commitment to
homeschooling, with children at both ends of the spectrum -- some
graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
be "in" for a while, consider a lifetime membership with HSLDA.
It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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