This is an e-mail from NVIC asking for your help.
Hearing Set on AB 2109 – Tuesday April17th at 1:30 pm Room 4202 – Be There!
Dear California NVIC Advocacy Team Members,
We recently sent an alert informing you of a dangerous bill in the California Assembly, AB 2109, which seeks to place significant barriers on your access and use of a personal belief exemption to mandatory vaccination in California. The bill specifically would make the use of a personal belief exemption dependent on a very limited set of medical care providers providing you with “vaccine education” and their signature attesting to this fact on your exemption form.
This bill, if passed, would effectively make the personal belief exemption another type of medical exemption. Because there is no religious exemption in CA, this would make the only exemption option in California one in which a parent has to go through a medical provider.
We all know of doctors who bully, harass, and even fire their patients for even questioning a vaccine, never mind making an informed and educated decision to delay or decline one. It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see what will happen to accessibility of the exemption if AB 2109 becomes law.
We wanted to give you an update and let you know that a public hearing on AB 2109 has been scheduled in The Assembly Committee on Health on Tuesday April 17th at 1:30 p.m. in Room 4202, at the State Capitol. We are asking all of you to seriously think about what the freedom to be in control of the vaccination decisions for your children means to you now and what it will mean to you in the future and to make a commitment to attend the hearing and write to the committee members.
The address for the Capitol is 1301 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 and the committee hearing agenda is posted at http://ahea.assembly.ca.gov/hearings.
Please contact your California NVIC State Directors Dawn Winkler and Michelle Gutierrez at CADirector@NVICadvocacy.org if you are able to attend the hearing or give oral testimony at the hearing. You can also call Dawn Winkler at 530-283-1018.
In order to have written letters of opposition reflected in the committee analysis performed before the hearing and the vote, they must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11th. Letters must be signed and on official letterhead if submitted on behalf of an organization or association.
Faxed letters will be accepted. Electronic versions are subject to the discretion of the committee, so it is best to fax your letter or mail it.
Send letters addressed to the California Assembly Health Committee Members to the attention of:
Assembly Member Bill Monning
Chair, Assembly Health Committee
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0027
Tel: (916) 319-2027
Fax: (916) 319-2127
Please also send a copy to your letter to your NVIC California State Directors at CADirector@NVICadvocacy.org .
For more information on AB 2109 and the reasons why it must be opposed, see our previous alert: http://nvicadvocacy.org/members/Resources/CAOPPOSEAB2109RestrictingVaccineExemptions.aspx
If you would like to read a wonderful blog entry from Dr. Bob Sears about the problems with this bill, please link to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-bob-sears/california-vaccination-bill_b_1355370.html to read “California Bill AB2109 Threatens Vaccine Freedom of Choice.”