By Christina England
News has come to my attention that courts in Italy have made attempts to stop mandatory vaccination. The first case involved 50 brave families who took their complaints to the appeal court in Ancona. These families refused to give vaccines to their children and WON their appeal!
Gary Krasner, the Director of the Coalition For Informed Choice received an email from a reliable source telling him the news. According to his source this decision was made a few years ago, however, it appears that much of this historic news was suppressed by the media.
The link that Mr Krasner was given http://www.mednat.org/vaccini/vittoria_vaccini.htm certainly appears to back this information up. It is in Italian and one translation reads :
“ANCONA, Thursday April 4 2002-Wins “free vaccine”. Now parents can prevent marches to their children the three compulsory statutory prophylaxis (difto-polio, tetanus and hepatitis b) without running the risk of the limitation of the fatherland potest [sic]. A nuisance not only formal, that of breach of articles 330 and 333 of the civil code, because the judge or guardian could replace MOM and pap for subjecting the little fellow to controversial sting.
But, for logical consequence of the pronouncement of the Court of appeal of Ancona, now families will decide according to their conscience, without having to worry about most anything.”
(apologies for the poor quality of this translation)
Sadly I could find no more information on this case.
Despite this case winning however, it appears that nothing has changed in Italy and vaccinations are still mandatory: http://venice.cineca.org/documents/italy_ip.pdf
My research shows however, that this is not only case attempting to ban mandatory vaccinations in Italy. According to an article published in Il Giornale di Vicenza, 20 September 2003 entitled ‘Vaccines No Longer a Must’ a similar case was so strong that the court took the very unusual action of suspending all court proceedings involving parents objecting to vaccination, and put the matter before the Constitutional Court who would then decide the legitimacy of the laws that mandate anti-tetanus vaccinations.