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The ‘Right To Choose’ Does not Apply to Childhood Vaccinations Under Senate Bill 276

Thousands Who Oppose Legislated Vaccinations Bill Say They Will Leave California if it Passes

By Katy Grimes, June 21, 2019 2:02 am

A five-hour hearing Thursday in the Assembly Health Committee on another vaccination bill, SB 276 by Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), had a turnout of thousands of angry parents worried about the explosion of anaphylactic allergies, pediatric cancers, autism, autoimmune diseases, chronic conditions and learning disabilities in their children, which many believe are related to the high number of vaccinations babies receive.

Thousands of parents, grandparents, medical professionals, physicians, registered nurses, educators, teachers, fire fighters, military members, turned out and testified their opposition to SB 276 which would disallow the vaccination medical exemptions parents were receiving from family physicians.

Many said they would be forced to flee the state if medical exemptions are no longer allowed. Several mothers reported they had to perform CPR on their infants after receiving vaccinations. Many parents testified they fled communist countries to get away from laws like SB 277.

“According to the author, in the first four months of 2019, 465 measles cases have been reported across 19 states, a number far surpassing last year’s number of cases,” SB 276 bill analysis says.

However, “In 2019, four outbreaks linked to patients with international travel have been reported in California,” California Department of Public Health reported. As of June 19, 2019, 53 confirmed measles cases, including 33 outbreak-associated cases (3 completed outbreaks, 12 cases; 1 ongoing outbreak, 21 cases), have been reported.”

Parental Choice

A woman’s right to choose is a rallying cry for women across the country. But they are talking about choice over abortions, and not vaccinations.

Parental choice and decision making over childhood vaccinations was removed in California because of a state law passed in 2012. Assembly Bill 2109 by then-Assemblyman Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), orders that California school-aged children will not be allowed to attend public school without proof that parents have been counseled, and children vaccinated, in accordance with the vaccination schedule of the federal Center for Disease Control.

The only exception to the law was a personal belief or religious exemption – the only way Pan could get the bill passed.

“The issue at the root of Pan’s bill is the influx of children from other countries into California’s public schools, who bring with them new strains of measles, mumps, chicken pox and flu bugs, among other communicable diseases,” I wrote in 2012. “Children who have recently traveled out of the country also bring home infectious diseases. Instead of dealing with the root of the problem, with the stroke of a pen, the Legislature and governor decided that every California child must get vaccinated.”

“The bill was sponsored by the California Immunization Coalition, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the California Medical Association, and the Health Officers Association of California,” I wrote in 2012. “The California Immunization Coalition Board of Directors is made up of primarily public health doctors, pharmacologists, and medical industry consultants and lobbyists, and is a perfect example of special interests pushing a bill from which they will greatly benefit.”

The legislative game played by many lawmakers is to amend a bill until they can get it passed through the committee process. That’s what Assemblyman Pan did in 2012 to get AB 2109 to the governor’s desk for signing. But that’s rarely where it ends. They usually come back the following year with another bill to restore the issues removed from the original controversial bill.

Sen. Richard Pan came back with another bill, Senate Bill 277, to remove even the personal belief/religious exemption, following the measles outbreak at Disneyland. “We are in a situation where there are not enough people being vaccinated to contain these dangerous diseases,” Pan said at a news conference in February 2015. But he refused to address parents’ concerns about the volume and safety of vaccinations given to children.

But that wasn’t enough.

Sen. Pan came back again in 2019 with SB 276 , to address the medical exemptions parents were receiving from family physicians. SB 276 requires the Department of Public Health to develop a statewide standardized medical exemption request form for immunization requirements; requires the request form to be the only medical exemption documentation that a governing authority may accept; requires a request form to be approved or denied only by the State Public Health Officer.

In the 1960’s, children received only four vaccines: Smallpox, measles, polio and mumps vaccines. Now, children receive as many as 24 shots by 2 years of age and five shots in a single visit. Most children receive 49 vaccinations by the age of six, and more than 60 vaccinations from day of birth to age 18. Newborns receive eight routine vaccinations in accordance with the Center for Disease Control’s vaccine schedule, during the first 15 months of life:

Hep B: hepatitis B, a serious liver disease – 3 doses

DTaP: diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough) – 4 doses

Hib: haemophilus influenza type b – 4 doses

Polio: polio. This vaccine is given as a shot (inactivated vaccine called IPV) – 3 doses

MMR: measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles)

Chickenpox: Varicella zoster vaccine protects against chickenpox

Newborns must receive a hepatitis B vaccination shortly after birth before being discharged from the hospital, despite that they are not at risk for hepatitis B infection unless they are born to a mother infected with the hepatitis B virus or are given a blood transfusion that is contaminated with hepatitis B.

Women report they are routinely harassed if they refuse to consent to give their newborns the hepatitis B shot at birth. Many are threatened that child protective services will be contacted and they will be charged with child medical neglect or child abuse if they don’t vaccinate their child.

Hepatitis B is a blood-transmitted infection that is rare in childhood. Adults engaging in IV drug use and sex with multiple partners are at highest risk for hepatitis B infection.

Opposition to SB 276

Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (D-San Fernando Valley) suggested to Sen. Pan that instead of creating an expensive and broad new bureaucracy within the Department of Public Health, his bill address specifically the doctors who are authorizing medical exemptions to people who are not their regular patients. And Nazarian questioned the need for the bill with so few actual measles cases in a state with 40 million people.

Sen. Pan remained obstinately focused on “unvaccinated children” entering kindergarten and the “large measles outbreak.”

Nazarian had documentation from the Los Angeles Unified School District showing nearly all areas of the district at 90 percent or above of kindergarteners with vaccinations, with the exception of one area, just slightly below 90 percent. Nazarian asked Pan why he wouldn’t consider instead addressing the doctors who were offering medical exemptions without seeing patients, but Sen. Pan held firm in his decision to allow the Department of Public Health additional state-level oversight and the creation of a  standardization of exemptions.

“I’m sorry doctor, but that’s not very convincing,” Nazarian said. “This is not a black and white issue, and science changes. This is overreaching… there is a better way of doing this.”

Committee chairman Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) said schools should be reporting at 95 percent or better and many schools did not achieve this.

Medical Exemptions

Many parents contacted committee members prior to the hearing to say they were never asked about family history prior to receiving vaccinations. Sen. Pan insisted they always are – but members of the public shouted him down saying that was not true. Pan said all parents have to formally consent to the vaccinations, and medical professionals cannot administer a vaccination without the consent.

Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) told of a family friend whose baby daughter developed a rash after the MMR vaccination, which lasted over one year. The parents sought out a doctor to research and explain this to them, suggesting they were candidates for a medical exemption, but not under CDC guidelines.

Mayes asked Sen. Pan why a doctor would be investigated after five medical exemptions. Pan replied that five is not a cap, but just a measurement: “Any physician who has issued five legitimate medical exemptions in a year has nothing to worry about, and will only be examined,” by the Department of Public Health, Pan said. “If they are all legitimate, they can write as many as they want.”

Members of the public in the audience yelled “Liar,” and were chastised by Wood.

A Department of Public Health representative described the investigation process as an “enforcement” process.

Dr. Bob Sears, a pediatrician in Orange County and opponent of AB 2109, SB 277, and SB 276, testified at the hearings of all of Pan’s bills, and again Thursday.  In 2012, Sears testified: “The largest study done to date on this issue (Dismissing the family who refuses vaccines: A study of pediatrician attitudes, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Oct. 2005) reveals that 39 percent of American pediatricians state they will dismiss patients from their office for non-compliance with vaccinations.”

Dr. Bob Sears

At Thursday’s hearing, Dr. Sears testified that he has a very busy medical practice and charges the same amount for a medical exemption visit for his patients as he does for a regular office visit, pointing out that he does not charge more to profit from medical exemptions. Sears said in his practice if he sees a child with severe vaccination reactions: seizures, chronic eczema rash (as Mayes spoke of), which are not on the Center for Disease Control list of allowable exemptions under Sen. Pan’s SB 277, he decides whether or not more doses of the vaccination is appropriate, and/or if to space them out. “This bill would take all of my exemptions and negate years of medical care, legally done,” Sears said.

Sen. Pan replied that Dr. Sears has been investigated and on probation for his medical exemptions, and is “heavily involved in this activity.” Pan said Dr. Sears was providing exemptions while on probation.

Later, as an example of frequent exemption requests, Pan said, “Vaccines do not cause autism. The evidence does not support that. But other things that we are not aware of may.” Members of the public in the audience loudly expressed their disagreement.

Dr. Sears asked to respond to Pan’s statement, but the Assembly panel chose not to allow him to address this.

After five hours of the hearing, the committee passed SB 276, 9-2, with two members saying they were not voting. The bill will be heard in Assembly Appropriations next.

Katy Grimes

Katy Grimes, the Editor of the California Globe, is a long-time Investigative Journalist covering the California State Capitol, and the co-author of California's War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins? Who Loses?
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20 thoughts on “The ‘Right To Choose’ Does not Apply to Childhood Vaccinations Under Senate Bill 276

  1. Thank you for this very well-written article. What puzzles me is that despite Nazarian’s opposition to the bill, and very real concerns, he did not vote! What is the point in challenging Pan if he will not vote against it?!

    1. I have been told that Assembly Democrats are under strict orders to vote in lockstep with the Party. However, if they cannot, they just don’t vote, rather than vote against a bad bill.

      1. That’s horrible. It’s what I expected. It’s why every single Senator who voted for the bill was Democrat.

      2. I’m curious how these “strict orders” work. How is it possible for a political party to blackmail Assemblymen and Assemblywomen in this manner? What are the repercussions if they don’t comply?

      3. Hi again, Katy. I wondered if we could email or talk on the phone for a few minutes? We obviously need help with fair media representation and I’m wondering if you could lend us some wisdom.

  2. Thank you, Katy, for reminding us what unbiased reporting looks like! You are a treasure. Can I ask you what caused you to write an article on this subject that is so different from all the others that have been written? The media is so powerful and it’s been so discouraging how it seems to be set on shaping the opinion of its readers, rather than presenting both sides of an issue so that the reader can conclude for themselves.

    1. Hi Colleen, I have been covering the legislated vaccine issues with Dr. Pan since he first introduced AB 2109 and the media portrayed all parents as anti-vaxers, when that was not the case. Nearly every parent I interviewed just wanted the flexibility to make the decisions with their pediatricians, rather than a state-mandated vaccine schedule.
      Additionally, back when AB 2109 was going through the committee process, Pan admitted that because of the influx of illegal immigrants, California children must be vaccinated (more) rather than the newly arrived folks.

      1. Illegal aliens get plenty of vaccines in their own country and when they are in detention centers here. Illegal aliens are not a problem.

        Many immigrants have received the BCG vaccine at birth which is not given in the US.

  3. SB 276 is a very dangerous bill . This bill is going to make it nearly impossible to get medical exemptions for vaccination by people who were previously injured by vaccines by dangerously narrowing the indications for vaccination by 95%. In California once any given physician gets their free quota of 5 exemptions they will then be targeted by the medical board along with a cascade of investigations, unfounded allegations, probation and fines . I am ashamed of the Democratic Party. Sadly, they are going to use SB 277 and SB 276 as a template to try to take away medical exemptions for big pharma profits across the country by targeting all physicians who write medical exemptions for vaccination for patients who have had previous reactions to vaccination and those who are at risk. This is an abomination!!! A crime against humanity. This is insane. This is the height of totalitarianism. This bill is going to result in the death of children Meanwhile, Big Pharma has spent more to buy off politicians in California than any other year, and the democratic party has been the recipient of most of there gifts. We can thank the Vaccine Oligarchs who control big pharma for this as Senator Pan is just their pawn in the California Senate. These people are out of their mind. They don’t recognize freedom, liberty, bodily autonomy, and they believe the government owns you and your child. We have to vote these assholes out of office. If not, the next thing you know they will be mandating vaccines for adults while tell the world they are not forcing anyone to vaccinate, but … no vaccine no work, no vaccine and you can’t leave your house, no vaccine no airplane travel, no vaccine no government contracts, no vaccines no vote, no vaccine go to jail…no vaccine they take your kid. The rise of mandatory and forced vaccination legislation should send a child up every American spine. That government can force you to take any medication and inject you against your will is totalitarianism at its worst. This palpably egregious form of state power is metastasizing.

    1. Vaccines are not without risk. Where there is a risk, there must be informed consent!! This is America. Americans have the right to decide what will or will not be injected into their bodies….not the state, not Senator Pan and not Bill Gates!!

  4. Senator Pan is the biggest fucking liar to ever step foot in the California Senate. He lied to get SB 277 passed, he lied again to get SB 276 passed… and these GD Democrats voted along party lines with him to strip away the rights of California citizens, fearing Big Pharma, in favor of big pharma profits and globalist oligarch desires for population control. Once they have access to your veins, they can put what ever they want in these GD vaccines and target which ever population they want controlled…and which ever herd they want culled.

  5. Thank you for your unbiased reporting. As someone involved in opposing this bill I really appreciate someone being truthful and sharing the real issues. I’m seriously crying, just to feel that someone hears us.
    -DB

  6. Finally, a exporter with some courage and tenacity to tell the truth!
    Thank God!
    I will be sharing this article.

  7. THE IDIOT, SENATOR/DR. RICHARD PAN, needs to have his medical license revoked and be committed immediately. Not only is he blatantly stupid and a pathological liar, he’s a danger to the children of California!

    IN HIS OWN WORDS…
    • THE IDIOT PAN says “Children are not going to drown from an injection.” WTF???
    This is the leader of the pro-vaccine parade! How did he even get through high school, never mind medical school!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAQXqK8mutY

    • THE IDIOT PAN says, “I wish the 1% would stop infecting the 99%”… destroying the theory behind ‘herd immunity’ in one sentence.

    • THE IDIOT PAN says “Vaccines do not contain fetal cells and have less formaldehyde than an apple.” —San Jose Mercury News
    https://www.facebook.com/mercurynews/posts/10162413471896337
    THE IDIOT PAN doesn’t even understand the difference between ingestion and injection!
    Ingestion takes into account a child’s natural defenses. Injection bypasses those natural defenses, including the blood-brain barrier, which is how aluminum and other neurotoxins find their way into the brain causing neurological damage.
    THE IDIOT PAN lies when he says “vaccines don’t contain fetal DNA”…
    “Autistic disorder change points years are coincident with introduction of vaccines manufactured using human fetal cell lines, containing fetal and retroviral contaminants, into childhood vaccine regimens.
    This pattern was repeated in the US, UK, Western Australia and Denmark. Thus, rising autistic disorder prevalence is directly related to vaccines manufactured utilizing human fetal cells.”
    Source: http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/JPHE/article-abstract/C98151247042

  8. Katy – My heart if full of hope to read your well written, accurate account of our fight against SB276. Thank you for your courage and for California Globe’s courage to put the truth in the media. You have no idea how important this article is to so many families in California and the rest of the Nation. Thank you for your moral integrity. It is a rare thing these days.

  9. A real reporter! How refreshing! Great article. We hope not to have to leave California. One of my sons has daily seizures from vaccines. We will never vaccinate our other children.

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