By Camille Giglio
(This article is re-posted in its entirety, with kind permission from the author.)HPV does not threaten an imminent and significant risk to the health of others. Mandating HPV would therefore constitute an expansion of the state’s authority to interfere with individual and parental autonomy. Assessing Mandatory HPV Vaccination: Who Should Call the Shots?
Walnut Creek. Who has the ultimate say in rearing the children living in your home? Is it you the parents who conceived and bore, or adopted, these children or is it the government?
Many in the fields of education, medicine and politics believe that all parents must answer to society for the final product. Many spokespersons for Foundations seem to believe that you the parents are merely the custodial caretakers and that these caretakers must be held accountable to the state for the end product.
In researching the ramifications of AB 499, Minors: Medical Care; Consent, I have come across statements that would have been incomprehensible only a few years ago.
As an example, two Harvard researchers, Dr. David Ludwig and Lindsey Murtagh, writing for the Journal of the American Medical Association – JAMA, on the subject of childhood obesity, which they claim is a health problem of epidemic proportions, claims that “inadequate or unskilled parental supervision” is, in part, to blame and that “extremely obese children should be placed, temporarily, at least, in foster care.” They state, further that “state intervention may serve the best interests of many children.”
I guess these two have not heard about the problems and scandals in finding adequate foster parents who are any better skilled than are the parents they scorn.
Dr. Arthur J. Caplan, Director of a Foundation for Bioethics Research, while countering this extreme move, is quoted in BioEdge as saying, “the law gives a lot of authority to parents, and rightly so.”
Wait, read that again. The Law gives authority to parents? I thought our Constitution and our Courts protected parental and God given authority over their children? Was there some sort of election and God lost?
This would seem to indicate that guidance and rearing of children rightfully belongs to the State as the owner of the children and that the state merely, in its graciousness, extends to a set of spouses (now opposite sex or same-sex) the opportunity to enjoy the state given privilege of rearing the state’s children.
Googling Affordable care Act plus school based clinics brings up grants.gov and the whole procedure for state’s applying for school based health center grants. The Santa Barbara Independent reports, July 18, 2011, that Congresswoman Lois Capps has obtained a $500,000 ACA grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand school-based health centers in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
A bill or, actually, a Resolution has just gone to the Governor, AJR10, by Julia Brownley, entitled School Based Health Centers. This is a Resolution and does not carry the force of law. However, it memorializes the legislature to support the federal Affordable Health Care Act and obtain federal funding to expand the number of SBCs from its current 176 schools to over 300 schools. AJR 10 will declare School Based clinics to be Medical Homes for Children.
So, basically the Democrats in the California legislature just gave Congresswoman Capps the authority to go shopping for federal tax dollars to open school based clinics which, AJR 19 says will become medical homes for your children. This is where their health care will reside, not in your hands or your house.
The idea that government officials, foundations and non-profits know better than parents how to raise children is not exactly new. This idea that parents have to be accountable to the state for the rearing of their children; the food they eat, the values they hold, how many days then spend in schools, the lifestyle choices they must be free to make, etc, have been documented since at least the 1970’s. Former state legislator John Vasconcellos ,(D-Sta Clara) wrote a book published around that time excoriating parents, religion and traditional upbringing for their absolute refusal to give children the freedom they supposedly needed to thrive.
However, until now, there has always been the inclusion of an opt-out exemption written into legislation acknowledging that parents may legitimately have certain ethical, medical or even religious objections to what the state is demanding.
Even in the matter of sex education and vaccinations. Yes, folks, parents still have opt-out authority when it comes to vaccinations, even including the latest so-called mandate for whooping cough, only neither the government, the media nor the medical profession are telling you that. Visit the website of the National Vaccine Information Center – NVIC.org to read about exemptions.
Now our California Governor, Jerry Brown, has signed an egregious, non-opt-out bill, SB 48, by the leading homosexual legislator in Sacramento, Mark Leno, (D-SF) which will mandate the right of teachers to lecture students on the benefits of the gay and lesbian lifestyle without opposition commentary. This same legislator, last term, authored a bill entitling students to seek out their own mental health counseling without parental knowledge or consent, but with taxpayer funding. Since the Psychiatric community no longer believes that homosexuality is a disorder, guess what kind of mental health counseling your child will get?
The school site clinics will be in charge of your child’s physical and mental health care, SB 543, signed by former Gov. Schwarzenegger, 2010, not you. You and your so-called religious beliefs are out of the picture according to the desires of the state’s Democrat Party Legislators and its Governor.
Note, it is never the case that legislation says that children can, like Topsy, just grow. Oh, no. Children must grow and develop in the specific manner that some elitist legislator or PhD. says is the currently recognized “best practice.”
Now we need to add the Homosexual community as an authority in education and health care for your child.
The Governor may be about to sign another egregious bill, AB 499, Minors: Medical Care; Consent, authored by lesbian Assemblywoman and former abortion clinic operator, Toni Atkins,(D-SD).
This bill contains a bare minimum of words and states only that since it has already been declared that minors may contract for their own medical treatment for venereal diseases (Family Code Sec. 6926) and abortions (Family Code Sec. 6925 (a), this bill mandates that they, at age 12, have the right to consent to being vaccinated with a product called Gardasil. This is to be administered without parental notification or consent and the taxpayers will pay for it.
This product is being heavily advertised by its manufacturer, Merck and Co., as the major preventative treatment for four types of sexually transmitted diseases known as Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. According to Merck and its stockholders, Gardasil must be given to every girl in order to protect her from the results of sexually transmitted disease which could cause cervical cancers.
Never mind that Gardasil is the most expensive preventative vaccine around, costing upwards of $500.00 for a series of 3 shots administered within a six month period.
Never mind that there are dozens of reports from reputable government watchdog groups and medical doctors, warning of the dangers of Gardasil given, especially, to children with, Autism, ADHD, compromised immune systems, or to pregnant women, or just vitamin deficient children.
There is one pro Gardasil site “Exploring Options for Treating ADHD and Aspergers” suggesting that parents should consider giving ADHD girls the Gardasil shot because these children are so impulsive and may not be able to resist sexual activity which just might cause Ovarian cancer.
Never mind the horror stories of disabling side effects to minors, coming out of several states which have already authorized this vaccine. Just google “the Gardasil girls” and the website of S.A.N.E. Vax.org for their critique of the Merck Ads entitled “One Less Girl” meaning one less to get cancer because she was injected with Gardasil.
Never mind that Texas parents raised such a protest when Governor Rick Perry signed an executive order mandating HPV shots for minors that the legislature had to step in and rescind the Order.
Never mind that the Centers for Disease Control recognizes that there are between 30 and 40 different strains of HPV or that it is, basically, a very common and self limiting infection in about 70% of women, requiring little or no drug treatment.
California’s Assemblywoman Toni Atkins believes that all parents are improper providers of care for the children they are raising and that the state must directly intervene in the family unit, dictating to parents what their children must have in order to become proper and prepared members of society.
There are a number of websites to which you can refer for further research on the side effects; here are but a few:
Nat’l Vaccine Information Center www.NVIC.org
Even the Center for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report carried an article that while supportive of Gardasil’s ability as a preventative treatment indicated that it is improper for the government to join in a partnership with a pharmaceutical company, mandating the use of a vaccine without parental input. “There is no urgency, no provocation for this very draconian action.”
The website of S.A.N.E. Vax.org (safe, affordable, necessary and effective) carries this statement about the dangers of HPV infections:
“In fact, most HPV infections in young females are temporary with little long-term significance. Seventy percent of infections are gone in 1 year and ninety percent in 2 years. However, when the infection persists — in 5% to 10% of infected women — there is high risk of developing precancerous lesions of the cervix, which can progress to invasive cervical cancer. This process usually takes 15–20 years, providing many opportunities for detection and treatment of the pre-cancerous lesion. Progression to invasive cancer can be almost always prevented when standard prevention strategies are applied, but the lesions still cause considerable burden necessitating preventive surgeries, which do in many cases involve loss of fertility.3. “
This site also lists a comparison of the harmful effects of the HPV disease as compared to the harmful effects of the Gardasil shot, as reported by individuals who have experienced the side-effects.
Leslie Botha, spokesperson for SANEVAX admits that some of the hundreds of side effects reported by young girls following Gardasil shots such as nausea, vomiting, tingling sensations in hands and feet, etc are common side effects to many of today’s advertised and marketed drugs, but the scandal is that the young women experiencing these side effects should not be happening to normal, healthy girls aged 12 and up. Please visit this website to see the full list.
People are no longer patients. Health care is no longer a case of treating a single health problem for a definite period of time. Medical care, the association between a patient and a doctor who wants to see that his patient is restored to good health, is over.
Patients are now consumers of health care throughout their lifetime. The doctor or the HMO has become the salesman for the pharmaceutical company. The pharmaceutical company and the federal government are in partnership to bring about a healthy society according to someone’s idea of “best practices” and scientific formulations. Everyone is entitled to live their life anyway they see fit as long as they stay healthy, have no negative side effects to their lifestyle especially as that interferes with the corporate bottom line, but one’s life must be lived according to the dictates of science and not religion.
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins in authoring her AB 499, is acting as an agent for the Merck Pharmaceutical company or, as many are now calling it Big Pharma. She is not acting for the good of her constituents or anyone’s child.
REQUEST: AB 499 now sits in the California Senate Appropriations Committee to which it was returned prior to a final senate floor vote. It was finally determined that this bill, though itself carrying no authorizations for funds, will be expensive to the state.
Since Gov. Brown has already, very quickly, signed SB 48, it is believed that he will very quickly sign AB 499 should it get out of the Appropriations Committee and its final senate floor vote.
This bill must not come out of the Appropriations Committee.
This is the time of the legislative summer recess. Legislators are in their home districts. Please, Contact your state Senator now. State that you oppose AB 499 which will come to the senate floor for a final vote before heading for the Governor’s desk, by August 15. You believe that this bill is much too expensive, there is no rationality for this expense or draconian manner of intimidating parents. Urge your Senator to vote “NO” should this bill come to the floor.
One final word on the author of this bill, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins.
Prior to being employed by lesbian San Diego legislator, Christine Kehoe, (D) Ms Atkins was the director of a WomanCare abortion clinic in the San Diego area.
Further, she is a member of The California List a subgroup of the select group titled women-in-government. This is a Democrat, pro abortion women’s organization.
Merck Pharmaceuticals received so many complaints about its promotion of Gardasil that it promised to withdraw from direct advertising. However, it then proceeded to donate several hundred thousand dollars to the national Women-In-Government Group if it would promote Gardasil.
“helping finance campaigns to get states to pass legislation that would make it mandatory for girls as young as 11 or 12 to receive” its human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, reported Associated Press. Merck has “given money to Women in Government, an advocacy group that includes female state legislators throughout the United States. Many of the state bills advocating the use of Gardasil have been introduced by members of Women in Government.” 
Gardasil for minors was first brought to the California legislature by a Mountain View Assemblywoman, Sally Lieber, a few years ago. She had to withdraw her name from the bill when it was learned that her husband owned stock in the Merck Co.
Both these women are tied to Women-in-Government and to Merck Co. It is not your children about whom they are concerned, it is their own re-election funding source that interests them.
Please notify everyone you know to oppose this bill, and, by all means tell every mother of a minor daughter not to allow her child to be vaccinated with Gardasil. I have also learned that Kaiser hospital has been automatically including Gardasil in its listed line of vaccines for girls ages 11 and up, and parents have not known that their daughters are already getting this potentially life threatening vaccination.
One woman with whom I spoke relayed this story when she refused to allow her daughter to get the Gardasil shot at Kaiser. When she requested an opt-out form she was told that she had already approved the shot for her daughter. It seems that two years ago she signed a paper authorizing Kaiser to give vaccinations to her daughter. At that time she was unaware of what Gardasil was. The shot was merely listed as HPV.
When she insisted that she did not want her 12 year old daughter to get the shot she was required to go to an office and request the form and put through a very intimidating routine which was obviously meant to discourage her.
Another woman has reported that when she refused to allow the shot for her 14 year old daughter the doctor asked to speak to the child alone. He then proceeded to “scare the daylights” out of her by telling her she had to have the shot as protection should she get raped and end up with cancer.
Several other mothers with whom I’ve spoken, when asked if they know what Gardasil is, respond with, Oh, it’s got something to do with preventing cancer, doesn’t it? NO.
How many teenagers, members of Kaiser Hospital have been given this shot without any parental knowledge of what to expect in the way of side effects.
Parents, every time your child goes to the doctor, the clinic, the HMO, question the employee of that facility as to exactly what they are doing to your child. It’s your right, your duty your obligation to the protection of your children from the unconscionable profit motive of many in the medical and business world these days.
Whether you like the idea of being involved in politics or not, just realize that politics is involved with you in a very personal way. Speak up.