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2/18/2010 5:15:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia: Vaccination Equity Bill Advances to Senate Floor--Follow Up

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Virginia: Vaccination Equity Bill Advances to Senate Floor--Follow Up

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

On February 11, the House of Delegates voted overwhelming in favor of
the Vaccination Equity Bill, HB 270, bringing us a big step closer to
preventing a repeat of the regrettable events of this past fall when
homeschoolers who wanted the H1N1 vaccine were pushed to the back of
the line.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff traveled to Richmond this morning
to attend the Senate Education and Health Committee's hearing on the
bill. Although no problem in committee was expected, it was not time
to let our guard down. Woodruff was prepared to testify, as well as
another homeschool mom whose child was denied the vaccine.

There was a momentary "gulp" when the committee chairman twice called
Del. Englin, the bill's sponsor, to step forward and present the bill,
but Englin was not in the room. Woodruff left the room to check on
the sponsor. Woodruff found him and both quickly returned.

Englin presented HB 270, and with neither a question from the
committee nor any testimony in opposition, the committee voted
unanimously in favor.

Following the hearing, the homeschool mom who had accompanied Woodruff
at the hearing spoke to Englin. She explained that despite multiple
requests, her special needs son was denied the H1N1 vaccine. He
subsequently contracted the illness, became seriously ill, and was
hospitalized in an intensive care unit. His survival was not a
certainty.

While he was in the ICU, a medical provider connected with the
Virginia Department of Health told the mom to the effect: "I'm sorry
we could not give your son the vaccination. We have to offer it to
public school children."

The committee's unanimous vote is an excellent sign that HB 270, with
its mandate that the Department of Health not give preference to
public school children over others, is on its way to becoming law.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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