The group Michigan for Vaccine Choice has sent a letter to parents in Michigan informing them that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) are violating federal law (FERPA) by transferring private medical records about minor children, without the consent of their parents, regarding each student's vaccination status into a vaccine tracking database.
A metro Detroit mother is facing jail time for defying a judge's order forcing her to vaccinate her child. Rebecca Bredow is not anti-vaccine; she consented to have her son vaccinated in the past, but was concerned about giving him too many vaccines at one time. Her ex-husband agreed with her at the time, but now he has allegedly changed his mind, and sought a court order to force her to vaccinate their son. Rebecca is the primary care giver of the child. Judge Karen D. MacDonald has ordered the child to be vaccinated, and has allegedly threatened the mother with being put in jail for failing to comply. Speaking to reporters with WXYZ in Detroit, Rebecca states that she prefers sitting behind bars than forcing her son to receive so many vaccines.
The VAXXED film crew interviewed a family in Michigan where the 15 year old daughter spoke and told about her difficulties after receiving the Gardasil HPV vaccines at age 13. She was an avid volley ball athlete before the vaccine, but soon became unable to compete. Her menstrual periods also stopped after taking the vaccine.
Thomas More Law Center Files Federal Lawsuit Against Michigan for Denying Parental Rights to Vaccine Exemptions
The Thomas More Law Center (“TMLC”), a national nonprofit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI, has filed a federal lawsuit against State and County officials and employees seeking to stop a State-sponsored religious inquisition of parents who have religious objections to State vaccination requirements. TMLC brought the law suit on behalf of Tara Nikolao, a devout Catholic, registered nurse, and mother of four. Mrs. Nikolao objects to vaccines manufactured from aborted fetal cells and other vaccines on religious grounds. Her lawsuit claims that government employees violate the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment, the religious protections in Michigan’s Constitution, and a Michigan statute when they subject parents to detailed interrogation about their religious beliefs. When Mrs. Nikolao explained that she had a religious objection to vaccines, the health department employees demanded that Mrs. Nikolao explain her actual reason for objecting. Despite Mrs. Nikolao’s repeated insistence in the face of berating questions from State employees that her personal religious beliefs did not allow her to vaccinate her children—a belief that the Michigan legislature enacted a statute to protect,—the health department employees would not accept her religious objection and insisted that no religions object to vaccines. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (“MDHHS”) instructs local health department employees to implement this religious examination and inculcation by providing county employees with a document to “teach” parents their faith. The document entitled “Religion” is used as a tool by county health departments to coerce and trick parents with religious objections to vaccines into vaccinating their children.
Dr. Michelle Davis has become the latest extremist pro-vaccine doctor to propose removing parental choice regarding vaccines, by eliminating the philosophical and religious exemptions currently in place by law in the State of Michigan. As we have previously reported here at Health Impact News, most of the nations doctors do NOT hold the extremist pro-vaccine view that ALL vaccines are safe ALL the time for EVERYONE and should be given to ALL children, by force if necessary. This is an extremist position, and most physicians, whether in the "pro-vaccine" or "anti-vaccine" camp fall far short of this position. Attempts by the pharmaceutical lobby to pass legislation that takes away these parent choices have failed in every state so far, except California. In California, SB277 was passed in spite of massive opposition by both parents and doctors due to a strong pharmaceutical lobby and massive funding in that state. Will the parents of Michigan and other non-extremist medical professionals allow Michelle Davis to force her extremist views on the rest of the State of Michigan?
Just before Christmas, the powerful Pharma-Public Health-Medical Trade lobby launched an orchestrated attack in Ohio and Michigan to restrict the legal rights of parents to make voluntary choices about vaccination for their children. NVIC was able to warn parents in Ohio in time for them to take action and protect vaccine exemptions, but forced vaccination proponents in Michigan pulled a fast one and succeeded in gutting vaccine informed consent rights in that state.
So who are these parents who want to refuse vaccines for their children? The mainstream media generally portrays these parents as "anti-science, ignorant, foolish, etc." It was refreshing, therefore, to read an honest journalistic piece on this topic on the "Michigan Live" website which actually interviewed some parents who exercise their lawful rights to refuse some vaccines. In contrast to the predominantly one-sided media reports labeling all parents who refuse vaccines as "uneducated," here is a description of the parents refusing vaccines based on demographic data in Michigan: Statewide, about 6 percent of Michigan schoolchildren have vaccination waivers, which equates to about 150,000 children who are unvaccinated or undervaccinated. Many are clustered in affluent communities such as Rochester, and have well-educated, health-conscious parents who buy organic food and eschew antibiotics in favor of a homeopathic approach to illnesses. They fear injecting so many viruses into their children could do more harm than good, and see widespread immunizations as being driven by "Big Pharma," which they see as more concerned about profits than public health.