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and contract information for each state senator and legislator, please go
It was a GRASS ROOTS MOVEMENT that got the Eli Lilly
provision out of the Homeland Security Bill. Now it is TIME TO DO THE SAME
THING to stop Congress from giving full liability protection to the drug
companies and taking away our rights to refuse vaccines.
Please ACT on this....send the
letters, get members of your community, your church, etc to send letters.
Post on your websites and send to your lists. This is a
seriously flawed piece of legislation....but for a Senator or
Congressperson to vote against it looks like they do not support our
troops!! PLEASE HELP!
Sherri Tenpenny, DO
for immediate release
February 4, 2005
NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER CALLS
“ANTI-TERROR” BILL “UNCONSTITUTIONAL”
Washington, D.C. – The nation’s largest and oldest consumer-led vaccine
safety organization, the National Vaccine Information Center, is calling a
bill introduced into Congress by Senators Gregg and Frist entitled
“Protecting America in the War on Terror
Act of 2005” (S.3) as an
“assault on the Constitution” and a serious threat to protecting the
health and informed consent rights of those who use federally regulated
vaccines and drugs.
“This bill is labeled as a “anti-terror” bill,” said NVIC president and
co-founder, Barbara Loe Fisher, “but it
is power grab by the federal government and an assault on self-governance
and the informed consent ethic. It takes away the freedom of the
people to make their voices heard through their elected state
representatives and protect themselves from unsafe drugs, such as Celebrex
and Vioxx, and unsafe vaccines, such as those that contain high levels of
mercury. It gives unprecedented
to the drug industry and broad powers to federal officials to hide the
truth from the people about vaccine and prescription drug risks.”
The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution specifies that “The powers not
delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it
to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
Protecting the public health was not delegated to the federal government
and public health laws, including laws governing use of vaccines, have
always been under the control of citizens residing in each state.
Of major concern to vaccine safety advocates, are the following provisions
· Eliminates a state’s right to
more strictly regulate vaccines and drugs and more fully inform their
citizens about vaccine and drug risks than does the federal government.
Laws already passed in California and
Iowa limiting mercury content in vaccines would be repealed.
· Gives comprehensive liability protections to drug companies.
Eliminates a citizen’s right to seek justice in state courts for drug and
vaccine injuries and deaths and limits awards in federal courts.
Gives tax credits, grants and patent
extensions to the drug industry.
· Allows the Department of
Health and Department of Justice, the defendants in the federal Vaccine
Injury Compensation Program, to write the terms of their own defense in
order to further limit awards to vaccine injured children;
Creates and funds a mandatory,
national electronic tracking system operated by the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) to monitor vital records of citizens relating to
both notifiable and non-notifiable diseases and “new trends” and “patterns
in public health.” Creates penalties for states and health care providers
not reporting in a “timely manner” to the national tracking system.
There are no provisions for mandatory
reporting of serious
health problems following vaccine and prescription drug use or punishments
for not reporting serious side effects.
S. 3 is being promoted by sponsors as a military veteran benefit bill
because it raises the death benefits and other financial support for the
families of soldiers who lost their lives in the war in Iraq.
“The irony of this bill is that it is using the families of citizens who
have given their lives to defend our nation’s freedom in order to take
rights and freedoms away from other families. Military veterans should not
be used to protect the drug industry and take away the freedom for all
Americans to have their voices heard through their elected state rep-resentatives,”
said Fisher. “In his Inaugural speech, President Bush said ‘there is no
justice without freedom.’ This bill is
does not serve justice or freedom.”
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is a national, non-profit
organization founded in 1982 by parents of vaccine injured children. NVIC
worked with Congress on the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986
and has worked with families in states to protect informed consent rights,
including the right to have full and accurate information on vaccine
benefits and risks prior to vaccination and make informed, voluntary
decisions. NVIC worked with families in California on the Mercury Free Act
of 2004, which limited the amount of mercury in vaccines sold in that
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