Air Date: July 07, 2015
Host : Jim Schneider
Guest: Barbara Loe Fisher
Jim began this edition of Crosstalk by reminding listeners that earlier this year an outbreak of measles occurred at Disneyland. States and politicians responded by attempting to enact mandatory vaccinations. Then last week, California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that denies parents the legal right to file a personal belief exemption to vaccinations for religious and conscientious reasons.
Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Barbara Loe Fisher. She is president of the National Vaccine Information Center which she co-founded with parents of DPT vaccine injured children in 1983. For the past three decades she led a national, grassroots movement and public information campaign to institute vaccine safety reforms and informed consent protections in the public health systems. She is co-author of the ‘DPT: A Shot in the Dark’; author of ‘The Consumer’s Guide to Childhood Vaccines’; ‘Vaccines, Autism & Chronic Inflammation: The New Epidemic’ and ‘Reforming Vaccine Policy & Law: A Guide.’
According to Barbara, the California vaccination bill is a forced bill. She sees it, ‘…as a violation of the human right to informed consent to medical risk-taking which parents do on behalf of their minor children in order for children to exercise a civil right to a school education.’
In California, there are 10 federally recommended vaccines that the state has mandated and several dozen doses are required. If the parent doesn’t do it and can’t provide a home-based education, then the parent becomes truant. That means the parent could be fined and eventually imprisoned.
Barbara believes the mainstream media has become a mouthpiece for this lobby that’s attempting to take away personal exemptions. This lobby consists of the pharmaceutical corporations, the medical trade associations and the government health agencies both at the state and federal level.
She went on to note that 99.99% of children don’t qualify for a medical exemption under federal government guidelines. There are very few medical reasons that now qualify for a medical exemption. This places some parents in a difficult position. They either get the various rounds of vaccinations and watch their children physically struggle or stand firm against the vaccinations, possibly get thrown out of their medical practice and not have any way to send their kids to school.
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