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5/6/2013 4:15:50 PM
Tj Schmidt--HSLDA
New York Update: Calls Needed--Bill Allows Vaccine Administration Without Parent

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New York Update: Your Calls Needed--Bill Allows
Vaccine Administration Without Parent's Knowledge

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

As you may know, Assembly Bill 497 would amend the public health law
in New York to allow any health care practitioner to immunize
children 11 years old or younger without the consent or knowledge of
their parents or guardian. Under the bill, these health care
practitioners could administer vaccines, such as the human
papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, to any person under the age of 18
without the parents even knowing about it.

Assembly Bill 497 was added to the third reading calendar on Thursday,
May 2. This means that the bill could be brought up for a vote by the
full Assembly at any time. If you have not yet contacted your
assemblyman please do so now. Feel free to contact your assemblyman
more than once before the session ends on or about June 20.

HSLDA believes that Assembly Bill 497 is an attack on parental rights.
Instead of encouraging the parent-child relationship, this bill will
permit health care providers to discuss these serious topics with
young children without any input from the parent.

The companion bill is Senate Bill 3134. Assembly Bill 497 has been
reported out of the Assembly Health Committee and has been placed on
the third reading calendar. We strongly encourage you to contact your
assemblyman and provide him or her with the message below.

REQUESTED ACTION:

Please contact your assemblyman and give him or her this message in
your own words:

"Please oppose Assembly Bill 497. Sexually transmitted diseases and
cervical cancer are very serious subjects. As a parent, I believe that
this is something that I should be able to sit down and discuss with
my child. Instead, Assembly Bill 497 will put health care
practitioners in the place of the parent and allow them to administer
vaccines to my child without even my knowledge. With this bill I
believe the legislature is only encouraging children to avoid
discussing very serious health care issues with their parents instead
of fostering an environment where parents and children can face these
issues together. Please vote against Assembly Bill 497."

You can find your assemblyman by using HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18309 or by going here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=18310 .

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler. Instead you
can identify yourself as a concerned parent and constituent.

BACKGROUND:

New York law already allows a licensed physician or staff physician in
a hospital to diagnose or treat--without the consent or knowledge of
the parent or guardian--persons under the age of 21 who are infected
with or who have been exposed to a sexually transmissible disease.
Assembly Bill 497, however, would allow all health care practitioners
to diagnose a sexually transmitted disease.

Assembly Bill 497 would also allow any health care practitioner to
provide health care services, such as vaccines, that are deemed to
"prevent" sexually transmissible diseases. The HPV vaccine is
currently recommended by the CDC for girls as young as 11 years old as
well as boys 11-12. It is not used to treat sexually transmitted
disease, instead, it is strongly urged to be administered before a
young person becomes sexually active. Many concerned parents see this
as encouraging sexual behavior in younger and younger children.

Even more troubling is the fact that Assembly Bill 497 would allow a
health care practitioner to encourage a preteen child to receive the
HPV vaccine, or Hepatitis B vaccine, without their parents' knowledge.
Assembly Bill 497 states that the capacity to consent is to be
permitted "without regard to the child's age." Thus, it is likely that
a health care practitioner would assume capacity to consent as long as
the child expressed a willingness to have the vaccine and "appeared"
to understand what it was for. In the case of the HPV vaccine the
health care practitioner would likely tell the child that it would
improve their chances not to get cervical cancer. Given only that
information every child would consent.

Similar bills have been introduced at least since 2008.

According to the memo attached to the bill "[t]he Legislature has
recognized that it is critical to protecting the health of young
people to allow them to seek treatment of sexually transmitted
diseases without the consent of their parents or guardians because we
know that teens often do not seek parental consent because a request
for consent necessarily involves disclosing to parents that the teen
has engaged in sexual activity." This memo goes on to state "Planned
Parenthood and several community health centers testified at a Senate
hearing two years ago that young women were coming into clinics and
centers requesting the HPV vaccine. Yet even though teens may receive
family planning counseling and birth control, terminate a pregnancy,
and receive treatment for a sexually transmissible disease, in each
case without the consent of a parent or guardian, those very teens
cannot obtain the HPV vaccine without parental consent."

This bill is an outright attack on the rights of parents to determine
what type of medical treatment their children should or should not
receive, or are even ready for. We believe that the legislature should
focus on encouraging open relationships between parents and children,
not cutting the parent out of an important area in their child's life.

Thank you for your calls on behalf of continued freedom and parental
rights in New York.

Sincerely,

Tj Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

P.S. We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve
you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you
consider taking a moment today to join or to recommend us as we
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