by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
SB 276 will take away the power of doctors to grant any child, including those who are at high risk for vaccine injury, from granting exemptions to those kids.
(FEE) Imagine taking your two-month-old daughter in for her scheduled vaccines. Imagine watching as she begins to convulse soon after receiving her shots and then continues to experience seizures over the next few days. You might want to make sure she never receives a particular vaccine again. You might decide not to give her any more vaccines at all. You might also decide to delay vaccines for her siblings or to forego them altogether. These are all understandable responses to a frightening situation that any parent can relate to.
Under current California law, you would be able to do all of these things, and your daughter could still attend school (though good luck finding a doctor who will grant you a medical exemption given the official persecution of those who do).
But that will come to an end if Senate Bill 276 is passed.
Bill 276 Limits Medical Exemptions
The bill, which moved through the California Senate last month, seeks to eliminate the role of doctors in granting medical exemptions for vaccines required for school attendance, giving the authority to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) instead.
SB 276 would also limit valid medical exemptions to only the handful of contraindications (conditions that make the administration of a drug or medical treatment inadvisable) recognized by the CDC, for each individual vaccine, ignoring family history (other than altered immunocompetence), genetic factors, and the vast majority of adverse events recognized by the vaccines’ own manufacturers and the FDA. If the bill passes, California will become the only state in which all school vaccine exemptions are restricted to this very narrow criteria.
The bill’s author, Senator Richard Pan, whose political career has been heavily funded by pharmaceutical companies, began his crusade to strip parents of the right to make medical decisions for their children in 2012. His AB 2109 required parents to get a doctor’s signature in order to obtain a personal belief exemption from any of the vaccines required for school.
Pan—himself a pediatrician—revealed his disdain for the doctor-patient relationship in 2018, when he wrote:
[G]RANTING [MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS] TO LEGALLY REQUIRED VACCINES IS NOT THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE BUT OF A STATE AUTHORITY TO LICENSED PHYSICIANS…. ESSENTIALLY, PHYSICIANS ARE FULFILLING AN ADMINISTRATIVE ROLE….
Back when he was pushing AB 2109, he framed the issue in terms of providing parents with information about vaccines—as if that information had been heretofore unavailable and required government mandate in order for parents to access it.
Only three years later, Pan declared that requiring parents to have a doctor sign off on their vaccine exemptions was not enough. Claiming that “parents are speaking up and letting us know that current laws are not enough to protect their children,” Pan decided that exemptions based on personal or religious beliefs had to be removed. He proposed a bill—SB 277—that would eliminate both of these exemption options.
At the time, Pan assured parents that exemptions based on medical criteria would remain in place and would not be interfered with:
“IF A PHYSICIAN FEELS THAT THERE IS A GENETIC ASSOCIATION IN A SIBLING, A COUSIN, SOME OTHER RELATIVE, IT’S NOT SAFE FOR A VACCINE, THEN THEY CAN PROVIDE A MEDICAL EXEMPTION FOR THAT VACCINE—THERE IS NO LIMITATION,” SAID PAN, DURING SB 277 HEARINGS.
Now, four years after the passage of SB 277, and with a degree of mendacity that is frankly awe-inspiring, the Sacramento Bee reports that Pan
… IS PREPARED … TO CLOSE WHAT HE CONSIDERS A LOOPHOLE THAT SB 277 INADVERTENTLY CREATED. “I HAVE DEDICATED MY CAREER TO KEEPING CHILDREN AND OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE AND HEALTHY,” PAN SAID, WHOSE STATEMENT ON THE ISSUE SAYS SOME DOCTORS ARE “MONETIZING THEIR EXEMPTION-GRANTING AUTHORITY AND PROFITING FROM THE SALE OF MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS.”
After participating in a media campaign that demonized doctors for doing exactly what the new law allowed them to and what Pan explicitly promised they would be allowed to do, Pan proposed a new bill: SB 276, which would put the power to grant medical exemptions into the hands of government bureaucrats.
Limiting the Criteria for Exemptions
Under SB 276, health authorities would only be permitted to grant exemptions based on the very narrow list of “Contraindications and Precautions” from the CDC. So, while in the past parents could get medical exemptions based on criteria such as seizures, encephalitis, a fever over 105 degrees, or collapse after a previous vaccine, they will no longer be able to if SB 276 is passed into law.
Limiting exemptions to the CDC guidelines represents a dramatic departure from medical-exemption policies of the past, as well as from Senator Pan’s explicit promise in 2015, which left the determination in the hands of doctors. It is also in conflict with the medical experiences of thousands of families, and in many cases, with FDA recommendationsregarding known reactions.