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10/2/2012 12:09:28 PM
Mike Smith HSLDA--Roy Hanson FPM
California: AB 2109 Signed by the Governor

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California: AB 2109 Signed by the Governor

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JOINT LEGISLATIVE NEWSFLASH - October 2, 2012
From: Mike Smith - HSLDA and Roy Hanson - Family Protection Ministries
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Bill: AB 2109 (as amended 8/20/12) - New Requirement Added to
Personal Beliefs Vaccination Waivers
Author: State Assemblymember Richard Pan, M.D.

Position: Strongly OPPOSED!

Status: Passed the Legislature and signed by the governor - a
disappointing defeat.

Thank you to everyone who tirelessly made calls and wrote letters in
opposition to this bill. We also thank the National Vaccine
Information Center (NVIC) who led the battle to defeat AB 2109 and
other organizations that actively opposed AB 2109.

This new law goes into effect January 1, 2014 (one year from this
coming January).

Between now and 2014, we will be researching and providing information
and resources to prepare parents to be informed about the issue of
vaccines and waivers and also how they can go about meeting the new
requirements in AB 2109 regarding personal beliefs waivers for
required vaccines for school entrance. We hope to have this ready
before next fall (2013).

Religious Exemption and AB 2109

Governor Brown in his AB 2109 signing message (Sept. 30, 2012) stated
"...I will direct the [Department of Public Health] to allow for a
separate religious exemption on the form. In this way, people whose
religious beliefs preclude vaccinations will not be required to seek a
health care practitioner's signature."

The governor's statement in his letter does not make the religious
exemption law at this time. It is unclear as to how this religious
exemption would effectively work, as it is not mentioned in either
current law or in AB 2109 which he signed into law. It sounds hopeful
to many, but we will have to wait for the regulations to be issued by
the Department of Public Health sometime next year. The way many
religious exemptions work can be narrow and problematic. The governor
should have vetoed AB 2109.

Find a Parent-Friendly Doctor

Parents should begin now to find a compassionate and parent-friendly
doctor who treats children and will be supportive of your choice if
you should decide to exempt your children (with a personal beliefs
waiver) from one or more of the required vaccines for school entrance.
There are other very important reasons to find a parent- and
family-friendly doctor for your children and your family -- one who
will get to know you as a family. The suggested policies of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) (such as their support of AB
2109) are considered by many to be unfriendly to the rights and
privacy of parents and their children. However, there are some good
pediatricians out there who are supportive of the parental right to
choose to use the personal beliefs waiver. Many parents choose to
have a general practice family doctor treat the whole family,
including their young children. Take the initiative to ask around to
see if others have found a parent-friendly doctor who will sign a
personal beliefs waiver. Some support groups will want to keep a list
of possible parent-friendly physicians in their area. We will include
a more extensive article on this issue in the future.

Perspective

Even though God allowed this specific piece of legislation to pass
through the Legislature, we are confident in the knowledge that He
will continue to protect and guide His people by giving us wisdom on
what we can and should do.

Our God-given parental rights are being eroded in our nation. The
passage of this bill is one more indicator of why all of us need to be
involved in elections at all levels and why we need the Parental
Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For more information on
this proposed amendment see http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15877

The author refused to debate the issues of this bill with physicians
and other medical personnel who opposed his approach in AB 2109. The
leadership in this present Legislature also refused repeated requests
to allow any meaningful debate in the Assembly and Senate where facts
could be presented and considered before their members voted. Many of
you know more about certain aspects of this debate than those voting
on the bill. Legislators seldom read the bills they vote upon. We
were up against powerful forces in this battle over AB 2109.

Summary of Concern:

AB 2109 created an additional requirement for parents who choose to
exercise the current right to a personal beliefs waiver to exempt
their child from one or more of the vaccinations required for school
enrollment.

AB 2109 requires a parent to obtain the signature of a doctor or other
specified health care provider, stating that he has provided the
parent with information about the benefits and risks of vaccinations
and about specified communicable diseases, before their child can be
exempted. This will apply to all children regardless of what type of
school they are in, including a private homeschool. The personal
beliefs waiver, by itself, will no longer be enough.

For further information about why this bill, however well intended,
failed children and their parents, please read our previous action
alert on our website at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=15878 .

We will be sharing additional resources and startling new
research-based information on particular vaccines to assist parents on
the issue of personal beliefs waivers for required vaccines for school
entrance.

Our Position on AB 2109 and Similar Legislative Proposals:

The care of children, including medical intervention (especially
preventive medical care) is the responsibility of parents. We also
appreciate good medical care and medical care professionals who desire
to serve and help others, including parents, requesting their help.

We also believe in the right of parents to voluntarily choose: (1)
which medical service to utilize for the life and health of their
dependent children, (2) which provider they utilize for that service,
and (3) which sources of information to use regarding any medical
service/intervention and service providers.

This all assumes that parents are provided with adequate information,
including the risks of and alternatives to any medical service, prior
to making a decision concerning a medical service (intervention, care,
costs, etc.) for their child.

We are not condemning or endorsing all vaccines. Good parents want to
be good stewards of their God-given responsibilities and be personally
responsible to make informed choices on the best care for their
children. We must defend the right of parents to fulfill their
God-given responsibilities toward their children. An additional goal
of ours is to make resources available to assist parents in making
informed medical care decisions for their children regarding
vaccinations for communicable diseases.

We believe parents should inform themselves on each vaccination and
each communicable disease for which it was designed to potentially
prevent. Currently the information most parents receive is heavily
weighted toward sending a message that all vaccines are good for your
children. Very little, if any, information is sent from medical,
media, and government sources on facts concerning why some vaccines
have not reliably conferred immunity, nor on the harmful and sometimes
deadly or permanently disabling effects of particular vaccines due to
their contents and how and when they are given. It is the parent who
should consider the risks on both sides and then make the decision
that is in the best interest of the health and life of each of their
minor children.

No further action is required on AB 2109.

If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider
taking a moment today to join or recommend us and support our work
defending individual families threatened by government officials and
protecting homeschooling freedom for all? Join now >>
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14438

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