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Bill to Disallow Vaccine Exemptions Passes: ‘SB 714 is going to be a mockery of democracy’

Protester parents, grandparents arrested at California State Capitol over vaccine exemption bill

By Katy Grimes, September 10, 2019 7:44 am

California children receive 50 doses of 14 different vaccines by age six, and 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18.

 

Thousands of parents and grandparents traveled to the California State Capitol Monday from all across California to protest SB 276 which would disallow the vaccination medical exemptions parents were receiving from family physicians, and its companion bill SB 714, hastily gutted and amended, and disingenuously shoved through the Assembly and Senate without any policy hearings.

Several protesters were arrested for blocking the entrance of the State Capitol parking garage.

The bills would order the California Department of Public Health to investigate and discipline doctors who grant more than five medical exemptions in a year, in schools with immunization rates under 95 percent.

parents protesting SB 276, SB 714 at CA State Capitol (Katy Grimes for California Globe)

Today’s headlines are misleading:

Anti-vaccine activists arrested at CA Capitol over law;

Anti-Vaccination Protesters Demonstrate At Capitol;

California Globe interviewed many of these protesters. The majority are not anti-vaccination parents; they are protesting the State’s rigid mandatory vaccine schedule, and the attempt by the Legislature to disallow medical exemptions, even for already vaccine-injured children.

Another sub-headline said:

California’s governor signed bills intended to crack down on doctors who write fraudulent medical exemptions for school children’s vaccinations.

Except, of the fraudulent exemptions cases that the Medical Board of California has investigated to date, there have been no fraudulent medical exemptions found.

SB 276, by Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), was jammed through the Legislature last week at record speed, despite Gov. Gavin Newsom saying he had his own set of amendments he wanted included.

So SB 714, also by Sen. Pan, was gutted and amended (see graphic below) over the weekend to include the Governor’s changes. On Monday the bill was bypassed by the Assembly which had suspended the rules to do this, and voted on in the Senate within hours.

Presenting SB 714, Sen. Richard Pan said it was “agreed to in the Assembly.” Sen. Jeff Stone (R-Temecula) asked for the bill to at least be heard in the Senate Health Committee prior to the Senate voting on it, warning “SB 714 is going to be a mockery of democracy,” to not have one policy hearing. His motion was shot down 27-11 along party lines. Following the vote, a man sitting up in the Senate gallery shouted, “You’re killing our children.” He was promptly removed by the Capitol police.

“We are talking past each other,” Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) said. He noted that members of the Senate seemed more concerned about bobcats than children with anaphylactic shock received from vaccines. “This bill is now vindictive,” he added. “This Legislature is even scaring our medical community.”

Parents protesting SB 276, SB 714 at CA State Capitol (Kristen Dennis)

Sen. Moorlach spoke passionately about his cousin’s son Robby, who was developmentally disabled, never learned to talk or walk. “Having a disabled child is a full-time obligation… that’s what these people fear,” he said. He asked colleagues to consider the potential of allergic reactions infants and toddlers can have from vaccines, before they voted on SB 714.

The Latin inscription emblazoned over the dais of the State Senate Chamber says, “Senatoris est civitatis libertatem tueri” — It is the duty of the senators to protect the liberty of the citizens, Sen. Brian Jones said. “This is an abuse of power, and an abuse of the legislative process. There is no impeding crisis today.”

Jones asked Senate colleagues what the crisis was that required lawmakers to “ram through this process.”

“A couple thousand people came to a hearing with their vaccine-injured children,” said Sen. Jeff Stone, a pharmacist. He said at the hearing in which he was the chairman, seeing the vaccine-injured children really resonated for him that while rare, there are children who suffer lifelong disabilities from reactions from vaccinations. “Allow the exemption process to continue,” he said. “It’s less than once percent… these parents are trying to protect their children.” He said the few vaccine exemptions granted would not have any impact on the herd immunity of communities.

“The cure is worse than the disease itself for some,” Stone said. “Give parents a peace of mind. I’m begging you, vote no on SB 714.”

Sen. Jones, pleading with Senators “to withdraw SB 714 and petition the Governor to veto SB 276,” quoted Thomas Jefferson to make his point: “A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), a co-sponsor of SB 276, posted this tyrannical comment on Twitter Monday:

Her Tweet elicited many responses, such as this one:

Did you seriously just say “yet”?! I thought this bill was created because of all the fraudulent MEs?! I’m so glad the co-author of the bill has admitted that NO fraudulent MEs have been found!! @GavinNewsomhow much more do you need before you #VetoSB276

Many of the parents protesting outside Gov. Newsom’s office asked aloud how many of the vaccines Gov. Newsom’s four small children have had. Others asked how many of the Legislators who voted to pass these two bills even know when they received their booster shots, and how many they received.

I received four vaccines as a child. Today’s children receive 50 doses by age six, and 69 by age 18. The Centers for Disease Control reports that one child in six in America suffers with learning and behavior disorders while millions more suffer with asthma, diabetes and other chronic allergic and autoimmune diseases, likely related to vaccinations.

In 1953, the CDC recommended 16 doses of 4 vaccines (smallpox, DPT) between two months and age six. In 1983, the CDC recommended 23 doses of 7 vaccines (DPT, MMR, polio) between two months and age six. In 2013, the CDC recommended 50 doses of 14 vaccines between day of birth and age six and 69 doses of 16 vaccines between day of birth and age 18.

Recently, in a California Globe op ed, Attorney Mary Holland asked, “When a physician decides that a child is too medically fragile to receive a vaccine, but is not allowed to submit a medical exemption because it is not a listed CDC contraindication, and that child suffers a life-threatening reaction, such as multiple seizures or encephalitis (both listed on vaccine manufacturer inserts), is the doctor liable, or the state official who denied the exemption?”

Sen. Pan has not answered this question to date. However, he says his bills are needed to “keep children safe from preventable diseases.”

Gov. Newsom signed SB 276 and SB 714.

Newsom’s amendments will grandfather in all medical exemptions prior to January 1, 2020, when SB 276 goes in to effect. However, a student who previously received an exemption would need to obtain a new exemption before entering kindergarten or 7th grade, or when newly enrolling in a school district or school.

“This legislation provides new tools to better protect public health, and does so in a way that ensures parents, doctors, public health officials and school administrators all know the rules of the road moving forward,” Newsom said in a statement.

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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63 thoughts on “Bill to Disallow Vaccine Exemptions Passes: ‘SB 714 is going to be a mockery of democracy’

    1. There is no misinformation here. Why you spend all of your time trolling her articles is unbeknownst to me. We are lucky that articles like Kathy’s are even accessible.

      1. I’m not sure what you’re talking about. I’ve been familiar with the debunked anti-vax talking points for years now and how the leaders of the movement deceive their gullible followers. It certainly doesn’t take much of my time to read an article and comment on it, especially when I’m already familiar with the topic.

        Why do you think the article contains no misinformation? Why do the anti-sb276 folk continue to claim that the Medical Board of CA haven’t found any fraudulent exemptions, when Bob Sears was put on probation for that very reason.

        Ironically, Dr. Sears recently lamented that the “hundreds” of exemptions he had written would become invalid, further disproving the idea that no exemptions were illegitimate.

        1. So you think a Healthy Mom delivering a new Baby never on drugs or sexually transmitted diseases should have her Baby shot with a Hep B shot from New Born to 18 months ? Explain to me why you think a healthy Baby who is not in a drug environment or around people with sexually transmitted diseases should get these shots. I want a intelligent answer from you. And why our State cannot be more pro active in removing Filth in our streets brought on by Homeless, Mentally Ill and drug addicts. That they bestow these vaccines on healthy people instead of control the Ill. Get people off drugs, out of Homelessness and off the streets.

          1. You want an intelligent answer? Simple. Anti-vaccine activists pretend that Hep B is only spread through sex and drugs, but this isn’t true at all. Thousands of babies and toddlers have contracted Hep B through other means. Simply chewing on something (which babies do all the time) is a way for the virus to spread.

            Want me to elaborate?

          2. Accurate. If mom tests negative, there is NO reason for this vaccine. There never was an epidemic of infants with Heb B, the vaccine was made for drug addicts and the sexually promiscuous. That group wasn’t buying, so the only other thing to do with all those vaccines was to make it mandatory for all NEWBORN BABIES. Good job guys. Highest infant mortality rate in the developed world.

          3. Brian you are one ignorant provax troll.
            Chewing on something causes Hep B!!
            Where, in the brothels you and Pan attend?

        2. Dr Bob Sears was put on probation for writing a medical exemption for a toddler who had TWICE suffered a severe vaccine adverse reaction. Clearly you are not familiar with this case. https://reset.me/story/doctors-disagree-with-charges-against-dr-bob-sears-assert-vaccine-safety-is-a-concern/ And yes, that would be enough for his other exemptions to be “invalid”, it has nothing to do with the validity of those children’s medical concerns, it is all about control, $$, and politics. Troll elsewhere.

          1. Jennifer Margulis, Paul Thomas, Deborah Gordon, Robert Rowen.
            Anti-vaccine fraudsters defending other anti-vaccine fraudsters? Why is it that only known quacks, who make money selling stuff on their personal websites, the ones who defend Bob Sears?

            Not a very convincing case.

        3. You are wrong. Why don’t you go bask in the glory of injured and dead children these terrible laws will cause and leave us alone. We aren’t anti-vax. We are ex-vax and quite frankly I don’t care if you vax or not. Informed medical choice. Medical freedom.

          1. Vaccine-preventable diseases like measles killed over 100,000,000 children globally in the last century. That’s more than Stalin, Mao, Hitler, ISIS, and every vaccine injury ever, combined!

        4. Brian you are mistaken. There have been over 4000 medical exemptions investigated and not one has turned out to be fraudulent. Even the bills co-author, Lorena Gonzalez, admitted that they haven’t found any fraudulent exemptions “yet”. It’s a witch-hunt.

          1. If there are no fraudulent exemptions, then this bill won’t really do anything.

            Bob Sears admitted that “hundreds” of the medical exemptions he had written would become invalid.

          2. Brian you obviously have not read the bill. When SB277 was passed, Pan promised that medical exemptions would still be able to be obtained. That bill left it up to doctors to decide which patients shouldn’t receive vaccines and the reasoning was up to their discretion based on the childs personal or family history. Under 276, doctors are no longer able to do that, they can no longer provide more than 5 medical exemptions per year and medical exemptions now have to be approved by a state official, it is no longer left up to the patients doctor. Bob Sears admitted that so many of his exemptions would become fraudulent under this new bill, because next to nothing qualifies for an exemption under this bill. I hear the argument “I trust my doctor” in regards to vaccinations all the time. Well I hope you trust a state official you’ve never met just as much because that’s who will make these decisions now.

          3. Lauren, if you have to lie to support your position, then your position is invalid.

            The law doesn’t say that. Anyone with an internet connection can see that for themselves.

            Why do anti-vaxxers lie so much?

        5. Brian,
          While politicians may have cover for libel you do not. I would suggest you read the reason for Bob Sears probation. He never provided an exemption. He provided an opinion in a divorce case that the judge agreed with. Probation was due to lack of additional notes in his file. The records have been released.

        6. He wasn’t put on probation for writing an exemption. He was put on probation for writing a letter for a child in support of no vaccinations that was used in a custody case. You are the one spreading false information.

        7. Dr. Sears went to court, and won.
          The medical body, however, can still put him on probation regardless of the courts agreeing with his decision to give that child a ME.

        8. Why are we trading a week long illness such as flu or chicken pox for lifelong chronic illnesses such as ADHD, diabetes, asthma, allergies, arthritis and autism?

          1. Vaccines don’t cause those things, liar. And those diseases killed thousands.

            Thanks for proving me correct that the anti-sb276 folk are simply anti vaccine.

      2. Grateful.for this truth. Worn out by mandatory vaccine proponents who.support medical tyranny and appear to have no common sense. Cocktails of neurotoxin injected in kkdd. Not a prpblem? Have to be deaf, dumb, and blind.

    2. Bull shit. Did you read the article? Which part of “The majority are not anti-vaccination parents; they are protesting the State’s rigid mandatory vaccine schedule, and the attempt by the Legislature to disallow medical exemptions, even for already vaccine-injured children” did you not understand or your two brain cells not register? Let’s hear you sing when they also come for your adult ass.

      1. They ARE antivaccine and their kids are NOT vaccine injured. Anti vaccine activists just lie about this, in the same way KKK members insist they aren’t racist.

        There’s plenty of proof of this. Want me to explain it to you?

          1. Are you bothered by the crowds who falsely blame autism or SIDS on vaccines, despite this being disproven for decades?

        1. Kids are not vaccine injured?
          99% of the sick and dying children are the vaccinated.
          Vaccines are nothing but toxic junk science clown, that have never saved anyone, let alone eradicated anything except children’s lives!
          Lol…and you have no proof of anything….. NONE!!!

  1. Thank you, Katy Grimes, for being the only full investigative journalist I’ve seen to date who is being observant with a very cautious and scrupulous eye. No bumper sticker slogans we’ve all heard before are touted here except as direct quote from those in the interviews, but a description that I feel, as a witness and protestor in Sacramento to SB276 and SB714 , covers what we saw and experienced first hand.

  2. Thank you, Thank you Thank you Katy for standing up for independent and factual journalism worthy of the free press in this country and what is desperately needed if we are to remain a somewhat free country or succumb to a fascist corporate run state that our legislators are currently serving.

  3. With SB 714, it says Medical Exemptions dated prior to Jan 2020 are grandfathered in (meaning my 7th grader with a ME is good thru 12th grade). Do I still need to submit the ME and could it be taken away?

    1. the grandfathered-in MEs have VERY strict guidelines. Not all MEs in existence will be allowed! It is a very mis-leading and dishonest statement. Re-read SB217 and you will see how narrow that bill really is.

      1. You say to Re read SB217. There is no 217? Nowhere in SB714 does it say the grandfathered in ME have to be evaluated. I know in the original SB276 text, all ME were to be turned in by Jan 1, 2021 to remain valid, but my understanding is once they are grandfathered in with the passing of SB714, they don’t have to be evaluated. Does anyone know how to confirm?

  4. I have lots of kids and lots of questions about the super max vax schedule. To force it under so many false pretenses is troubling to say the least. Thanks, Ms. Grimes, for your unflinching and independent coverage on this and other Sacramento Demento news.

  5. They want to make it all but impossible for kids to get exemptions, and the “grand-fathered-in exemptions have time limitations! They want all kids vaccinated. period. Your child has to die, or nearly die to get an exemption IF YOU CAN STILL FIND A DR WILLING TO WRITE ONE. they do. not. care.
    https://rickjaffeesq.com/2019/09/10/now-that-sb-276-and-sb-714-are-law-what-does-it-all-mean-for-parents/?fbclid=IwAR0MpbDjCEKpVaZkt-z34v2_3DNJcFtAiS_SCI5MlMpeTK2t1wR16iSRTvM
    adults are next.

  6. Wow. I’d love to see you provide a reference where the CDC said that that list of illnesses that children suffer is “likely related to vaccinations.”

  7. Perhaps Senator Pan would like to prove he has had all doses of ALL vaccines required for our children today. ALL OF THEM! And, if not current, he needs to follow the “catch up schedule” as presented to parents of children who are behind. Oh, and adjust the amounts of formaldehyde, aluminum, and other toxic ingredients so that his dose is comparable by weight to that of a 7 pound newborn, or a 9 pound two month old.

  8. This is the nitwit leading the pro-vaccine parade in California. You may want to reconsider entrusting your children’s lives to the state.

    THE IDIOT, SEN. “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

  9. Notice how Brian spouts off but never had any sources, he probably hasn’t read even one research paper. Hey Brian how old are you and when were you last vaccinated, hope you are up to date cause they are coming after adults next big boy, look up Healthy People 2020 at http://www.nvic.org

    1. A few points:
      -I have sources for every claim I make. If you want me to show them, all you have to do is ask which claim you want backed up.
      -It’s amusing that you think you know enough about a stranger on the internet to make the claim that they’ve never read a research paper, as that’s something I do almost every day. I’ve even had my own research published in high quality journals.
      -nvic is an anti-vaccine misinformation source. If you believe what it says, you will be misinformed
      -I and my family have received all recommended vaccinations- thanks for asking. I’ve even had more than the CDC schedule, as I used to live in a part of the world where many diseases are still endemic.

      Hope that answers all your questions about me. Now, did you have anything to actually contribute?

  10. What I would really like to see, in the case of Disneyland’s measles outbreak as well as Washington and others, is the strain of these cases. From what I have read, even in statements above, the anti-vax/ex-vax (chose whichever you prefer) movement has led to the return and rise of preventable disease such as the recent measles outbreak. A simple test shows whether the cases that were recorded originated with a wild strain of the disease or not. I have read all that I can find and have not found that information. In the Disneyland case document it said that one the strains “may have been wild” but was undetermined. I am all for giving credit where credit is due, but can’t call something scientific if the scientific evidence is missing. Also, 14 cases of “polio like” flacid paralysis reemerged here in So. Cal a couple of years back. At the time, I was told by our pediatrician and nursing staff that Polio was returning due to the ant-vax movement. After doing a bit of digging, I found that all 14 kids were fully immunized for Polio. When I asked about this the medical staff was puzzled and had no answers, so I do believe both sides share misinformation but more than that the side claiming scientific supremacy should be sharing the facts of these specific cases for public consumption before laying blame on a minority group.

    1. All measles outbreaks are wild strain, because the vaccine doesn’t cause outbreaks. In the Disneyland outbreak, there were 30 cases genotyped, and all were genotype B3, which was the same as a large outbreak that was going on in the Philippines. About 80% of the cases were unvaccinated, despite being only a small percentage of the population.

      This information is published in the MMWR from Feb. 20, 2015, as well as many other places.

    2. In the Washington outbreak, the genotype was D8, and over 90% were unvaccinated. (MMWR May 17 2019)

      In the Minnesota outbreak, the genotype was B3, and 95% of cases were unvaccinated. (MMWR July 14 2017)

      Hope this answers your question.

  11. Vaccines on the children’s schedule have never been tested for safety. FOIA and eventually a lawsuit filed by the ICAN in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York has proven that HHS, who was mandated by Federal Law 42 U.S. C. 300aa-27 ( c ) to perform bi-annual safety studies and submit them to Congress. HHS complied: This stipulated order shows that HHS has not acted in its duties regarding vaccine safety, forcing 78 million American children into a vaccine program with no safety provisions. HHS has neglected to perform any safety testing of any vaccines for 33 years as mandated by the 1986 NCVIA. The legal document can be fund on the curs website or you can view it on the ICAN blog under Government and than click on HHS,-STIPULATED ORDER CONFIRMING NON-COMPLIANCE WITH 42 USC 300AA-27C. It reads:

    \Whereas, on August 25, 2017 Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) submitted a Freedom Of Information Act request (the FOIA Request) to the Department of Health And Human Services (HHS or the Department), which was assigned control number 2017-0119-FOIA-OS, that sought the following records:
    Any and all reports transmitted to the Committee on Energy and commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Labor and Human Resources of the Senate by the Secretary o HHS pursuant to 42 U.S. C. 300aa-27 ( c ).
    WHEREAS, on April 12, 2018, ICAN filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive
    Relief in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York against HHS seeking records, if any, responsive to the FOIA Request:
    WHEREAS, (IOS) maintains the official correspondence file of the Secretary of HHS, including reports to Congress by the
    Secretary of HHS, and therefore those files were most likely to contain records responsive to the FOUA Request;
    WHEREAS, on June 27, 2018, HHS sent ICAN the following response to the FOIA Request;
    The (Department)’s searches for the records did not locate and records responsive to your request. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Immediate Office of the Secretary (IOS) conducted a thorough search of its document tracking systems. The Department also conducted a comprehensive review of all relevant indexes of HHS Secretarial Correspondence records maintained at Federal Records Center that remain in the custody of HHD. These searches did not locate record responsive to your request, or indications that records responsive to your request and in the custody of HHS are located at Federal Records Centers.
    The remainder of the documents is legal-eze, signatures and the signature of the Hon. Jesse M. Furman, U.D.J.
    The lawsuit forced HHS to either provide copies of its biennial vaccine safety reports to Congress or admit it never filed these reports. The result of the lawsuit is that HHS had to finally and shockingly admit that it never, not even once, submitted a single biennial report to Congress detailing the improvements in vaccine safety.

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