by Sayer Ji, Green Med Info:
A new presentation by Health Freedom Florida and the National Vaccine Information Center, two grassroots organizations dedicated to protecting your personal health sovereignty and preventing forced governmental mandates, reveals how the Florida Department of Health has been violating your rights, and what you can do about it.
This presentation is all the more timely given that, a bill (SB 64) has been introduced into the Florida legislature which would strip religious exemptions for vaccination and interefere with the doctor/patient relationship when it comes to obtaining medical exemptions.
Below you will find the full transcript and slide kit.
Hello everyone, this is Sarah Gibbons of Health Freedom Florida. Welcome and thank you for tuning in.
I have on this call with me Mo Van Hoek, also of Health Freedom Florida.
Health Freedom Florida is a grassroots group representing those that wish to retain their own personal sovereignty without governmental forced mandates relating to our personal practice of healthcare.
We strongly believe that we have the power and responsibility to shape the future for all Floridians.
Joining us today, we also have our amazing partners from the National Vaccine Information Center, also known as the NVIC.
Speaking on their behalf today we have Dawn Richardson, Director of Advocacy, Andrea, Director of Professional Relations, and Toni Krehel, Florida State Director.
The National Vaccine Information Center is dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and advocating for informed consent protections in medical policies and public health laws. NVIC defends the human right to freedom of thought and conscience and supports the inclusion of flexible medical, religious and conscientious belief exemptions in vaccine policies and laws. The NVIC collectively has well over 100 years of legislative advocacy and lobbying experience. We are proud to have them by our side!
We are going to be talking about vaccine exemptions in Florida today, and the new proposed Senate Bill, and with that, I will hand it over to Toni Krehel.
This terrible bill was pre-filed on August 2, well ahead of the 2020 legislative session that begins in January 2020. This bill is sponsored by Senator Lauren Book. Senator Lauren Book represents the 32nd district in Broward County. She is a member of the Democratic Party.
“SB 64 would eliminate the religious exemption to vaccines that are required for K-12 public and private school children. It would also add a new section of law authorizing and requiring the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine to jointly create a medical exemption review panel to review all medical exemptions. And, ultimately, to restrict them even further than they currently are.
This means that not only will parents and citizens be denied their religious freedom rights, the DOH will now also scrutinize medical exemptions written and begin the process of taking control over that medical decision-making process. This policy negates medical freedom for both citizens and doctors, it negates the doctor-patient relationship and it makes all health care providers agents of the state.
It is very important that those who support religious and medical freedom and exemptions get out ahead of Senator Book’s effort to pass this bill. We need to get our legislators and like-minded people to get involved now.
There are 4 action Items that NVIC believes will help SB64 with regards to the current landscape. As Toni mentioned we are out of session right now as this is being recorded. So how we handle and conduct our actions slightly differs from when we are in session come January 2020.
We believe historically that these next 4 actions items are of great benefit given many variable and current landscape we are in currently. I like to explain this as during when we are out of session it’s very much like gathering all the ingredients for your favorite meal or baking a cake. Now is the time to connect, share and inform your local representative and senators about your feelings with regards to SB 64. Rather when we are in session come January 2020 this is the “time your meal is taking form” or “your cake is baking.” We need to unify and mobilize now and really get ahead of this prior to January 2020 when session resumes.
What we have found at NVIC that works is one of 4 action items:
- Contact/Email/Set an appointment with your local Florida state senator and state representative and respectfully ask them to oppose SB 64 in the 2020 legislative session.
- As soon as possible, schedule an in-person meeting with your state senator and representative to express to them how important it is to your family to have religious and unrestricted medical exemptions available. Share your vaccine reaction, denial of medical care, and harassment or discrimination stories.
- Email your state senator and representative also using their preferred method of contact (see D.)
- Attend events where your legislators may be speaking or presenting and express your concerns there as well. Follow your legislators on social media so you can know when and where they will be attending and speaking during the interim so that you can attend and have opportunities to provide more information and ask questions.
Legislative contact information: you can login to the NVIC Advocacy Portal, click on the “State Teams” tab and then “My State,” and your elected officials are automatically posted on the right hand side of the page.
The second item would be the contact the sponsor directly- in this case Senator Lauren Book. We have provided for your convenience Senator Lauren Book’s contact information.