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A hearing was held by the District of Columbia Council on June 26, 2019 on Bill B23-0171, Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act of 2019

Here is the bill summary - "As introduced, this bill permits a minor of any age to consent to receive a vaccine where the vaccination is recommended by the United States Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. It also establishes that if a minor is able to comprehend the need for, the nature of, and any significant risks inherent in the medical care then informed consent is established."

What!  A minor of any age can consent to a vaccination.  This is an outrage.  What are the DC Council members thinking?  Of course, we should not be too surprised, as 12 year old girls can already get on abortion in Washington DC without parental consent!  DC residents, call and email your DC Council Members, in your Ward and at Large Councilmembers offices, to express your outrage:   https://dccouncil.us/councilmembers/.    You can watch the public hearing held on June 26, 2019 here:  http://dc.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=5105.

At 23:35 CM Mary Cheh opines about using this bill as an opportunity to "make sure we have the highest levels of vaccination possible".  Maybe Ms. Cheh should learn from West Virginia, which has one of the highest vaccination rates in the nation due to its no school without vaccinations and no vaccination exemptions policy.  Unfortunately, West Virginia ranks 39th, with one being the best, in infant mortality.  Just maybe there is some connection to the refusal to provide any vaccine exemptions.

And make no mistake, this is not at all about children's health, but about taking away parents’ rights to decide what is best for their children.  Specifically, there is a desire to punish religious parents.  Check out 25:45 in the video.  The very first testimony is from is from Allison Gill, vice president for legal and policy at American Atheists.  That should raise eyebrows right away.  Why is the American Atheist society so big in pushing vaccines?  Ms. Gill says “American Atheists is a national organization set up to protect the wall of separation between religion and government".  Wrong.  The first amendment begins with “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. There is no wall of separation, which is a mischaracterization of words in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson.  Rather, it is Ms. Gill's organization that is infringing on the free practice of religious beliefs.  The first amendment is written to prevent the establishment of a state religion, and to allow the free exercise of religion.  Ms. Gill has it backwards.  The proposed mandates of this bill are prohibited by the first amendment.  They are also prohibited because parents are the primary caretakers of their children, not a coercive state.