Originally published May 2 2015
As public celebrates Vermont GMO labeling, state quietly removes vaccine exemption
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) Once cheered by advocates of genetically modified food labeling as being the first state in the country to require same, Vermont is now being vilified by some of those same Americans for quietly, under the radar, eliminating vaccine choice in the state.
As vaccine choice advocates focused like a laser beam on the fight in California against SB 477, a piece of legislation that would remove all religious and philosophical objections to vaccines and require them in order for the state's children to be allowed to attend public and private schools (homeschoolers would still be exempt), the Vermont Senate passed a measure recently by a vote of 18-11 to remove vaccine objections from state law.
As reported on the blog of writer and researcher Jeffrey Jaxen, the move in Vermont, as in California, is been driven by the deep-pocketed Big Pharma industry that manufactures vaccines:
Missing the starting gun, communities across America are now facing the political push to remove the barrier between their bodies and a private company's medical product. Attempting to squeeze every last drop of credibility from the "safe and effective" argument, senators across the U.S. appear to be ignoring the voices of their people in addition to over $3 billion in payments in the U.S. alone from The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Following the California example
Regarding the pro-GMO labeling measure, that law has also been challenged by corporate interests, in the case by Big Food, for lack of a better term. But despite the challenges, so far the state is winning the legal battle and the law is expected to kick in as planned July 1, 2016. But to many, that victory is being seriously overshadowed by the loss of vaccine choice.
Age Of Autism initially reported on the development as well:
Friday, April 10th, Jennifer Stella, head of the Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice learned that Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, and Sen. John Campbell, D-Windsor, had tried to tack the exemption removal language onto another bill. The move was ruled to be non-germane and was disallowed.
The following Tuesday evening Stella learned that another attempt was coming, this time to tack the bill onto a vaccination registry expansion bill that had already passed the house, and would be debated the following morning. By the time the bill (H98) hit the senate floor on Wednesday, a barrage of phone calls had been made to concerned parents, who showed up in the Senate Chamber ready to fight the measure. The bill surfaced as an amendment introduced, again by Senators Mullin and Campbell, and this time joined by Senator Sears, D-Windsor.
At that point, says Jaxen, the situation changed from merely being underhanded to one of overt corruption.
The fix was in
When it seemed like the bill, H 98, would fail, its sponsors opted to wait a week before introducing it, just like senators in California did; presumably, this was on the advice of vaccine mandate lobbyists who were on the floor of the Vermont senate from organizations that support the measure, like the American Academy of Pediatrics, phRMA and others.
In reconvening a week later then, on the same day as the final vote in California (April 22), the Vermont Senate Health and Welfare Committee chair, Sen. Ayer, announced that no testimony would be heard from parents - only "experts" with an MD, Ph.D., or equivalent, would be permitted to speak. This, again, was likely staged to include only medical professionals who approve of the measure.
"Among those testifying for removal of parent's rights was Dr. John Modlin, MD, Deputy Director of Polio for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, via phone from Geneva, Switzerland," Jaxen wrote.
From the outset, the fix appeared to be in, though there has been some push back, even from bill supporters because of the process in which it is being ramrodded, Age of Autism noted.
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