IMPORTANT UPDATE: HB 212 is being pulled down from the hearing on Wednesday!
We do NOT need you to come and testify against it!
Thank you everyone for your meetings, calls, emails and faxes to oppose HB 212 which would let minor children ages 14 and up in the Juvenile Justice System to consent to vaccination themselves! Your efforts have made a huge difference. We have just received confirmation from the House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee Clerk that the bill author has requested that HB 212 be removed from the schedule of bills to be heard on Wednesday. This does not mean the bill is dead, and it could be rescheduled for a hearing on a later date, but for now, it will not be heard by the committee on Wednesday and your testimony and registered opposition with this committee is not needed.
HOWEVER, if you have not yet contacted your own representative and senator to oppose HB 212, PLEASE DO ASAP. Not only will those communications help prevent this bill from resurfacing, it will help shift the vaccine conversation to parental rights which will help with all the other vaccine bills. Please follow the steps on the alert for this bill posted on the NVIC Advocacy Portal at http://NVICAdvocacy.org to contact your own representative and senator.
Dawn Richardson and Rebecca Rex
Texas Directors of Advocacy
National Vaccine Information Center
http://NVIC.org and http://NVICAdvocacy.org
PROVE (Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education)
Children should not be vaccinated by any health care provider for any reason without the voluntary, informed consent of their parents. Period.
HB 212, by Rep. Toni Rose ((D), D-110, Dallas) circumvents federal and state parental rights and consumer protection laws by allowing a minor child 14 years of age and older in the Texas Juvenile Justice System to consent to vaccination on their own without their parent. It also allows for a health care provider to consent to vaccination for the child if a parent has previously consented to any medical treatment not specific to vaccination. Unless the health care provider has “actual knowledge” that a parent has refused to give consent for a particular vaccine in the past, the doctor only has to make a “reasonable” attempt to contact the parent before he or she can shift the decision making to a minor child and themselves. The bill also puts the responsibility on the minor child to reveal personal and family vaccine reaction and medical history to the vaccine administrator while protecting the vaccine administrator from liability for any harm caused by vaccinating a child without parental consent. (http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB212)
By creating a loophole around parental consent and deferring the decision to a minor child, HB 212 creates too much risk of a minor child being vaccinated that shouldn’t be because the parents have strong religious, conscientious and medical reasons that their child should not be vaccinated.
HB 212 is scheduled for a public hearing this Wednesday, March 18th at 10:30 am in the House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee in the Texas Capitol Extension Hearing Room E2.016.
Texas families who care about drawing the line in the sand to protect parental rights should:
1) plan on attending the hearing and either just registering opposition to the bill or providing meaningful testimony to the committee;
2) immediately contact committee members before the hearing asking them to oppose the bill; and
3) to contact their own representative and senator and ask them to oppose the bill.
This is a fundamental parental rights, product safety, and informed consent issue. The legal right of parents to give their informed consent for minor children to take medical risks with vaccination, which can result in injury or death, trumps the inconvenience of health care providers to obtain consent and the goals of state agencies, vaccine corporations and medical organizations whose employees, stockholders or members profit or professionally benefit from increased, widespread vaccine use.
Parents are legally accountable and financially responsible for the health care and education of a minor child when that child experiences a vaccine reaction and becomes chronically ill or disabled.
Consent to medical treatment does not equal consent to vaccinate.
This is just one of 16 bad vaccine bills filed in Texas and this provides an excellent opportunity to educate legislators about some of these issues before the other bills have a hearing.
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