With the public focused on the lobbyist-driven California Senate Bill 277 (SB-277), the Vermont Senate quietly eliminated vaccine exemptions Thursday with an 18-11 vote. Missing the starting gun, communities across America are now facing the political push to remove the barrier between their bodies and a private company’s medical product. Attempting to squeeze every last drop of credibility from the “safe and effective” argument, senators across the U.S. appear to be ignoring the voices of their people in addition to over $3 billion of payouts in the U.S. alone from The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Recently, the population of Vermont, and the rest of the country, is swooning over the state’s political representatives for enacting the nation’s first mandatory GMO labeling law. After a short legal hang-up forced by corporate influence, the law will begin on July 1st, 2016. What better state to remove vaccine exemptions than one in which its politicians can do no wrong. As first reported by AgeofAutism:
“Friday, April 10th, Jennifer Stella, head of the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice learned that Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, and Sen. John Campbell, D-Windsor, had tried to tack the exemption removal language onto another bill. The move was ruled to be non-germane and was disallowed.
The following Tuesday evening Stella learned that another attempt was coming, this time to tack the bill onto a vaccination registry expansion bill that had already passed the house, and would be debated the following morning. By the time the bill (H98) hit the senate floor on Wednesday, a barrage of phone calls had been made to concerned parents, who showed up in the Senate Chamber ready to fight the measure. The bill surfaced as an amendment introduced, again by Senators Mullin and Campbell, and this time joined by Senator Sears, D-Windsor.”
It was at this point the process went from underhanded to simply corrupt. Appearing it would fail, the Vermont H98 sponsors decided to postpone their bill a week mirroring the exact techniques seen during California SB-277. This was presumably at the advice of lobbyists who were present on the Vermont Senate floor from the American Academy of Pediatrics, phRMA, and others. Reconvening a week later, on the same day as the final California vote (4/22), Health and Welfare Committee Chair, Senator Ayer announced that no testimony was to be heard from parents. Only “experts” would be allowed to testify with an MD, PhD or greater. Among those testifying for removal of parent’s rights was Dr. John Modlin, MD, Deputy Director of Polio for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via phone from Geneva, Switzerland.
Minutes before the Vermont bills final 18-11 approval, Senator David Zuckerman proposed an amendment (to the vaccine exemption elimination amendment) that would allow children with genetic vulnerabilities to vaccine injury to be immune from mandated injections. In a truly telling move, Zuckerman’s plea to exempt children virtually guaranteed complications from vaccines, was quickly denied.
Both the California and Vermont bills come at a time when Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is calling for, at The Centers for Disease Control, a “Credible (vaccine) regulatory process with regulators with integrity and we don’t have that today.” In addition, prominent civil rights group the ACLU recently sent a letter to California SB-277 authors Richard Pan and Ben Allen raising serious alarms about their bill’s constitutionality.