I just spent the last hour on the phone with Tarte, and I wanted to update you on SB346.

It seems that Tarte has had a bit of a change of views since proposing this bill the week before last. (Take that with a grain of salt as he IS a politician, after all.) He’s had thousands of emails, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings, all of which he seems to have listened to and taken into consideration. He claims that he believes that there actually should be rights for parents to refuse vaccines but with the addition of a consequence, if you will, that would bar children who are not vaccinated from attending public school. He thinks that there should be charter schools or something similar for unvaccinated and under-vaccinated kids to attend. (That’s another issue entirely, and believe me when I say that I unreservedly let him know my thoughts on that.) He claims to have even go so far as to suggest to senate leadership that the bill be pulled, but they all feel it’s simply too important of an issue to be swept under the rug. Unfortunately, with the media hype and whatnot, there’s no chance whatsoever that this bill will be killed. It just won’t, and there’s no point in fooling ourselves into thinking it’ll be pulled.

So, Tarte is going to recommend that SB346 be referred to a study committee. Unfortunately for him, now that the bill has been filed and referred to the Health Care Committee, the decision no longer lies in his hands alone. He has become the mouthpiece for it all, and has taken a lot of (I believe well-deserved) flack for being so outspoken in the beginning about wanting to remove parental rights, but we really can’t focus on him anymore. He has no real control over it anymore, so there’s no point in bombarding his Facebook wall with posts. We need to harness that passion and focus our efforts on the Health Care Committee as a whole, and I think we SHOULD push for it to be sent to a study group. Since we know it’s not going to be pulled, this is our second-best option. Now let me tell you why…

THE GOOD NEWS is that if it is sent to committee, they will begin hearing from experts and voters alike on all sides of the debate. It will be the perfect opportunity to begin fighting for adding a philosophical exemption. We need to line up experts, doctors, legal advocacy groups, pro-vaccine choice groups, etc to be ready to address the study committee when the time comes. Fortunately we have plenty of time to mobilize our troops because the study committees aren’t assigned until September, and don’t typically start meeting until October.

Let’s not lose momentum here. This started out looking bad, but has the potential of becoming a good thing if we are organized, thorough, and respectfully aggressive with our legislators. Keep at it!

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Dear Friends,

I want to make you aware of NC Senate Bill 346.

If this bill passes, you as a parent will never again have the right or choice to opt out of any vaccinations that are recommended by the CDC (including the flu vaccine). Including, but not limited to all 66 that are on the schedule today (49 before kindergarten). It also includes any of over 270 new vaccines in production by pharmaceutical companies right now that will probably be added to the CDCs schedule. You will never again have the choice to opt out of any of them, no matter how many are added.

Odds are, you are part of the 98% in NC that has chosen to vaccinate your children. But, I imagine you may be as uncomfortable as I am about giving the government and pharmaceutical industries a blank check and carte blanche control over what is injected into our bodies and our children’s bodies? Medical procedures must be done with the patient’s, or parent or guardian’s informed consent.

This is not about wether or not you vaccinate your kids. It is about wether or not you will ever again be able to make the CHOICE not to, now or in the future. This bill also includes genetic testing of every child.

The choice will be given completely to government. Even if you or your child were to have an adverse effect from any of the vaccines, you would not have the option to refuse it the next time it is due.

The only exemption left would be a medical exemption. This would only be given in cases where a child is permanently neurologically damaged by vaccines as determined by a select board.

You would never again be able to work with your trusted pediatrician to adjust the schedule to the needs of your child. You will have to remain strictly within the one size fits all parameters handed down by the CDC and other governing organizations.
In this way, I also feel this is a violation of Dr’s rights to treat the patient as they see fit. It infringes on the Dr/patient relationship, there would be no reason to inform the patient, because the government would be the entity forcing this medical procedure. You would not have any say. If your child were to have a reaction today, you would most likely work out an individualized schedule with your trusted Dr. But, under this new bill, you must stay with the one size fits all schedule designed by the CDC.

In a quick search of the FEC, you can see that during Jeff Tarte’s (who introduced this bill) last campaign, a very large portion of his funds came from pharmaceutical companies. This leads me to believe that he is not looking out for the best interest of our children, but rather the best interest of of his campaign investors.

As I hope you know, I respect and will work to protect your opinion and preserve your freedom on your religious and medical choices. I respect your choices. As an individual and a parent, it is your right and responsibility to make an informed choice on your health and beliefs and on the care and nurture of your children, and to the right to informed consent in what you allow to be done to and for them. I fully recognize that we both carry the exact same intention as parents; to love, protect and care for our children in the best possible way. I want to preserve your freedom to choose as well as my own.

The American Medical Association is not in agreement with mandated vaccines, or with a one size fits all schedule. Where there is risk, there must be choice.

I do want to share a few things with you that I ask you to consider. I am not here to persuade you of any different choice than you have already made. Vaccines have been in the news for the past several months, and that has not been an accident. There were over 120 measles cases in 2015 and hundreds in the years prior among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals with NO measles deaths in the US in over 10 years. So, the vaccine debate has been brought to the public forum and emotions have run rampant. Many have chosen sides and broken relationships and slung hateful words over vaccine opinions. I have purposely stayed out of this debate, because frankly, I am not interested in debating yours or my medical choices. This is not the forum for debate or discussion on the merits or dangers of vaccines. This is about parents’ being able to choose medical procedures for their children.

In 1988, a law was enacted that exempts all vaccine makers from any legal recourse from parents of children or adults who were vaccine injured or killed by vaccines. The reason for this law protecting vaccine makers is that the lawsuits were making production cost prohibitive, because the costs being paid out to vaccine injured victims were making profit impossible. Congress stated that the vaccine program should continue for the public good, and on the other hand, acknowledged that these people who were injured or (families of those) killed by vaccines should be compensated in some way. So, they created a Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund, as well as a National Vaccine Court specifically to hear these cases. They charge vaccine recipients (or insurance or Medicaid) a .75 per vaccine tax to be paid into the Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund. If a person is injured or killed by vaccines, they have 2 years from the date of death (the living family, of course) or three years from the date of injury to file a case with this court. It is $400. to file a case. Less than 1 of 3 cases is compensated. The burden of evidence is of course on the family of the victim.

Because pre-market safety and effectiveness studies are rather small and limited to primarily laboratory studies, and a small number of actual human test subjects, the vaccine makers depend on post market reporting of injury and adverse effects to be able to properly update their vaccine information inserts on the safety and risk of vaccines. (All medication safety and adverse affect information is updated after market release.)

Also, a national voluntary adverse effect reporting website (VAERS) was set up for medical personnel and individuals to report post release adverse effects from vaccinations. The problem with a voluntary reporting system, is that very few people know about it, and even if they do know about it and want to use it they have to have time to do so. It is not a very user-friendly, easy system to navigate. This system is used for the purpose of gathering data on vaccine adverse events, but they estimate that only 2-10% of actual adverse reactions and deaths are reported, due to the fact that it is completely voluntary (and hard to use!).

The number of recommended vaccines has increased over the past few years, and it will never decrease. Faulty, or particularly damaging vaccines will only be replaced by new ones (as in the case of DPT being replaced by DTaP). There is absolute certainty that sometimes communicable diseases cause permanent injury or death. There is absolute certainty that sometimes vaccines cause permanent injury, chronic auto-immune illness, and death.

The third thing I am certain of is that this is a decision that should be left in the hands of parents, and not mandated by government without any parental or individual choice. There is risk on either side. Children and adults who have recently received live attenuated virus vaccines can shed and spread the virus for up to 30 days and are instructed to stay away from immune-compromised individuals. One child’s life can not be measured and held as more important or valuable than another’s. Which risk you take is your choice.

Your choice, not the government’s.

If you EVER want to have a say in whether, or if, when and how your children are genetically tested and injected with any of the 270+ vaccines slated for production and release, (as well as ALL of the vaccines in the current schedule, including flu vaccine, and excepting hpv), please join me in opposing this bill in a stand for parental rights and religious freedom.

If you are in favor of government mandated carte blanche vaccines with no say, and no limitation, please be respectful of my opinion as I am respectful of yours.

From a concerned parent. Shared with permission.

Key Concerns of Voters Who Oppose Senate Bill 346

1) SB 346 seeks to remove religious exemptions to vaccines. This is a clear violation of Constitutionally-protected religious freedom.

First Amendment to the United States Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

North Carolina State Constitution, Section 13:

All persons have a natural and inalienable right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences, and no human authority shall, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience.

Furthermore, in the 1993 case Petersen v. Rogers, the NC Supreme Court upheld that “in the absence of evidence of present or future physical or mental harm to the child in question, parties…should not be placed in a position requiring them to explain or defend their religious beliefs.”

2) Eliminating the religious exemption is an attack on patients’ rights to informed consent. The American Medical Association supports informed consent, including informing the patient of any ingredients of the vaccine that might interfere with religious convictions. SB 346 seeks to remove the right to refuse vaccines on religious grounds based upon information obtained through informed consent.

3) Religious convictions can be neither quantified nor legislated. Senator Tarte has gone on record stating that he might consider allowing religious exemptions, if each person requesting an exemption can prove a bona fide religious conflict. Some representatives have even gone so as to ask constituents to cite Bible verses to back up their beliefs. That is a clear violation of religious freedom. An individual’s religious convictions are are not decided upon by the church denomination the person attends. Many people have spiritual beliefs but do not identify with a particular religion or religious sect. Even atheism is considered a religion. What reasonable standard could possibly be used to quantify an individual’s religious or spiritual convictions to determine whether or not it is “bona fide”?

4) Under SB 346, medical exemptions will only be granted if they meet The Commission for Public Health’s criteria. The problem with that is that The Commission for Public Health gets set forth the standards by which a medical exemption will be defined – which We the People have no control over. These individuals who comprise the Commission for Public Health are appointed and not voted in, giving voters no control over who is making these important medical decisions on their behalf.

5) The bill not only includes current required vaccines, but also would include mandatory adherence to any and all future vaccines that may be added to the CDC’s list of recommended vaccines. The bill seeks to enforce the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended panel of vaccines. It will include the flu shot, but more alarmingly, will include any and all future vaccines that may be added to the list. Per pharma.org, over 300 vaccines are currently in the development stage. If SB 346 passes, parents will have no say whatsoever when a new vaccine is added to the list, they will simply have to comply without question – even if there is a strong religious objection or a concern with the sheer volume of vaccines being injected into their child – and regardless of whether or not the vaccines have been properly and sufficient tested for safety and efficacy.

6) There are serious conflicts of interest with the ACIP, who would preside over deciding which vaccines will be mandated id SB 346 becomes law. The ACIP is comprised of members of the vaccine community, who themselves have been granted immunity from their conflicts of interest. This compromises the integrity of the CDC’c entire system of vaccine regulations and recommendations.

7) SB 345 seeks to mandate newborn screening, such as SCID screening. Mandating this procedure removes any parental consent, and undermines the rights of individuals to decide for themselves what medical treatment and medical research and studies they will participate. The blood collected from newborn screening includes DNA of each child, and is banked and kept for years, often indefinitely, with no notification to the parents. Understandably, many parents have ethical concerns with this fact, and therefore should be allowed to opt out of such a procedure.

8) This bill includes not only public school children, but children in ALL schools both public and private – including homeschools. Sen. Tarte has gone one record stating that homeschools will be exempt from this law, however the current wording of the bill does not support that claim. Even if the bill is reworded to grant immunity to homeschoolers, not all people who have a religious conflict with vaccines have the means or the resources to homeschool. That is a socioeconomic discrimination and a violation of the North Carolina State Constitution, Section 15, that guarantees education to all. Moreover, refusing to allow these children into public school qualifies as religious discrimination, which violates the State Constitution, Section 19, which guarantees equal protection and rights under the law.

9) There is no need to change the current law in North Carolina that protects religious freedom when it comes to vaccines. The federal government’s goal is to immunize at least 90 percent of all children before they enter school to keep measles and other childhood diseases at bay. Per the CDC, North Carolina already enjoys a 97% vaccination rate – one of the highest in the country. There is no rational reason to infringe upon religious freedom to slightly increase the already impressively-high number.

10) The sponsors of this bill fail to meet the burden of proof. If the senators who authored this bill want to change the current law that allows for constitutionally protected religious exemptions of vaccines, then the burden of proof lies with them to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the religious community poses a significant threat to the general public. Beyond a media-driven frenzy of pro-vaccine propaganda, there is absolutely no proof that those who choose not to vaccinate for religious reasons pose any sort of danger to those around them. There are no major outbreaks, no pandemics, absolutely nothing to support the curtailment of religious freedom.

11) Senator Jeff Tarte, himself, has some very serious conflicts of interests with SB346. Sen. Tarte’s wife is a doctor; her name is Dr. Nancy Tarte, and she is a pediatrician in Davidson, NC. Many insurance plans offer financial incentives to doctors, pediatricians and primary care providers alike, for keeping patients up-to-date on vaccinations. It’s a clear conflict of interests for Sen. Tarte, of all people, to be pushing a bill that would mandate that all children be vaccinated with no room for religious exemptions when his wife would stand to make a profit from such a law.

Additionally, there is irrefutable evidence that Sen. Tarte has been financially influenced by Big Pharma. In his last campaign, 38% of the donations made and 48% of the total amount in donation money he received was from pharmaceutical companies, doctor’s offices and hospitals, who would all stand to make a profit if the bill passes.

Conclusion

There are too many issues with SB 346 for it to move forward. From the clear violation of constitutional rights to legitimate concerns of compromised interests, the bill simply cannot be allowed to be made into law. Our justice system has checks and balances in place to keep the government from overreaching into the lives of individuals. These checks and balances are also intended to keep greedy corporations, such as pharmaceutical companies, from influencing the government into abridging constitutionally-protected freedom for the sake of profit. When it comes to vaccinations, protecting personal beliefs exemptions is the only way to preserve the integrity of our checks-and-balances system.

Reposting with permission:

Cammy R. Benton, MD
Board Certified in Family Medicine
Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine

I am a Family Physician who cares for family through the spectrum of life from infancy to death. I have grave concerns about the proposed bill SB 346.

To the People who serve to protect the people of North Carolina and our rights:

SB 346 cannot be passed until a critical view of the literature and controversies have been assessed. This bill is being put forward based upon media fear mongering rather than science. I am not against all vaccines but am absolutely against mandates as vaccines, infectious disease, and a person’s genetic make up are not all created equal.
For example, I am attaching a brief letter showing data on the Influenza Vaccine from a meta-analysis in 2012 from the Centers for Infectious Disease Research and Policy showing NO benefit under age 18, over 65 and and average efficacy of 30-50%, maximum 59% efficacy in a perfectly matched year. I will also attach three pages of vaccine injuries from a brief time in 2014 that were awarded money.
I am attaching a form from the CDC 2012 Final Pertussis Surveillance Report showing that those with 3 or more vaccines have nearly five times the rate of pertussis than those who received no vaccines. Also, attached is the FDA report in 2013 explaining the 20 year all time high of pertussis rates in spite of wide spread vaccination is due to shedding of the bacteria for up to 6 weeks after vaccination, causing spread of infection.
I have plenty more data causing question among parents regarding disease prevalence versus vaccine risk that I would like to provide or discuss with you or any member of your team. More importantly are the parents who have vaccine injured children. Propaganda says that severe vaccine reactions are one in a million. That is a phrase, not a statistic. Whether due to genetic issues or bad luck, children develop a range of chronic illness connected to vaccines from Guillain-Barre syndrome, encephalitis, autoimmune illness, asthma, eczema, leaky gut, etc. When your child becomes that “one in a million” and you have sacrificed their health for the greater good, suddenly it becomes urgent to not sacrifice your other children because maybe they share the same genetic code that may react to vaccines. Those parents need protection because they have already made their “contribution” if you will.
Because medical providers are trained heavily that vaccines are safe and effective, to ignore the medical side effects in vaccine inserts since they are just lawyer required “CYA”, and that severe side effects are one in a million, most don’t recognize adverse reactions or absolutely refuse to report them since vaccines simply don’t cause issues. Therein lies a probably of statistics on safety. Show me a trial showing safety of all vaccines given on schedule versus true placebo using saline, then we will have something to talk about. Until then, we are assuming safety for our most fragile citizens rather than knowing that it is safe. Currently most studies with vaccines use “placebos” of other vaccines or solution with adjuvants. True placebos use saline.
We need further safety studies using real placebos, not adjuvants. We need to further study genetic susceptibility such as the MTHFR defects many others that set up children for vaccine injury prior to mandates. If one child in a family had an injury, then medical exemption won’t protect siblings since they haven’t had an issue even though they may share a genetic predisposition to injury.
Please protect our children. The vaccine question is more complicated than it appears. North Carolina currently has excellent vaccination rates and low exemption rates. I am not advocating to dismantle the vaccine program but to hold off on mandates until proper risk stratification has occurred and protections put in place for those families who have had issues with vaccines already.
The First Principle of the Nuremberg Code is “The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision.”

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Cammy Benton, MD
Stanley, NC (Lincoln County)

Here is some excellent information from a fellow concerned parent and vaccine rights advocate. Try to keep this in mind when speaking with representatives.

Jeff Tarte’s wall is being stormed with vaccine arguments. While some information may be necessary to point out to explain some holes in his argument, turning the threat to our religious exemption into a debate about vaccine ingredients, the desire to not have a vaccine for health reasons, etc. probably isn’t going to be the most productive.

The focus needs to be one the threat to religious liberty and Tarte’s desire to define for us where our personal beliefs are legitimate. If the court and our representatives are presented with another vaccine argument, we’re not likely to see success. Because whether or not we agree with it, the ‘evidence’ available is in support of vaccination. That’s a much harder battle to fight and takes the attention off what is being done.

Please remember to argue for your liberties. Freedom of religion is what is at threat if a senator is going to tell us they the State gets to decide where our beliefs are valid. This is the problem at hand that can be successfully addressed right now.

According to law:
‘SECTION 130A-157. Religious exemption. – If the bona fide religious beliefs of an adult or the parent, guardian or person in loco parentis of a child are contrary to the immunization requirements contained in this Part [Chapter 130A, Article 6, Part B], the adult or the child shall be exempt from the requirements. Upon submission of a written statement of the bona fide religious beliefs and opposition to the immunization requirements, the person may attend the college, university, school or facility without presenting a certificate of immunization.’

Now, let’s look at ‘bona fide’ since Tarte seems to not understand the meaning of that word:

adjective
1.made, done, presented, etc., in good faith; without deception or fraud:
a bona fide statement of intent to sell.
2.authentic; true:

Bona fide religious belief does not mean that we have to lay out an define what that is. We only have to say we have a religious opposition to immunization. The only thing “bona fide” has to do with that is that we are saying this in good faith and truthfully.
His example thus far of religion not allowing for objection to vaccine opposition is limiting in that he only considers Christian Scientists and the Taliban (now, him not realizing the Taliban isn’t a religion is a separate issue) is an example of this because he is basing his argument off of his own perception of religion and not that of the individual. And the law is in place to protect INDIVIDUAL religious beliefs. They do not have to be within a defined organization.
Please remember to focus on the threat to individual religious liberty when addressing this matter. That is what is being threatened, and turning things into a vaccine debate is likely to be counterproductive.”

Did you know that Senator Jeff Tarte’s wife is a doctor? Her name is Dr. Nancy Tarte, and she is a pediatrician in Davidson, NC. Did you know that many insurance plans offer financial incentives for keeping patients up-to-date on vaccines? his is a clear conflict of interests for Sen. Tarte, of all people, to be pushing this bill that would mandate that all children be vaccinated with no room for religious or philosophical exemptions, when his wife would stand to make a profit from such a law.

Furthermore, we have irrefutable proof that Sen. Tarte is in the pockets of Big Pharma. In his last campaign, 38% of the donations made and 48% of the total amount in donation money he received was from pharmaceutical companies, doctor’s offices and hospitals, who would all stand to make a profit if SB346 passes. I always say, if you want to find a politician’s motives, simply follow the money trail.

Call your representative today and let them know that our religious freedom will not be sacrificed in the altar of Big Pharma!

Everyone, I strongly encourage each of you to take a moment to contact your representative and ask them to oppose SB 346. If you need some help figuring out who your representative, you can click this link to find out. You can click here to get a list of all the representatives for North Carolina.

This is a fantastic resource created by a fellow vaccine rights advocate that has a list of all Senators, states whether or not each representative is on the Health Care Committee (which will be overseeing this bill), and logs any responses we’ve received so far.

Don’t wait – call and email them TODAY! We can defeat this if we work together!

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Posted: March 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

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This blog is from the creators of No On SB346, and will be a place to share information and updates regarding the North Carolina senate bill 346 that seeks to remove religious exemptions to vaccines.

We will be getting more posts up in the future, but we wanted to get an intro post going to let you know that we’re under construction at the moment but expect to be up and running within the week.

Thanks for your patience!

-The Oppose SB346 Team