Originally Sent: 5/20/2015
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Call to Protect Parental Choice in Vaccinations
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
There is still time to make a call to protect parental choice in vaccinations! On Friday morning the Health and Human Services Committee of the Maine Legislature is expected to vote on LD 471 and LD 606, both of which undermine parental choice.
LD 471 (which we incorrectly labeled as LD 476 in our last e-lert) increases the paperwork and hassle for a philosophical exemption from vaccination. It requires that parents provide documentation that a health care practitioner has talked to parents about immunization risks and benefits in a way that is “consistent with information published by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.”
LD 606 eliminates the philosophical exemption entirely.
Please call by Thursday (tomorrow) to protect the freedom of parents to make health care decisions for their children.
If your Maine state senator or representative is listed below as a member of the Health and Human Services Committee, please call him or her. Your message can be as simple as, “Please vote no on LD 471 and LD 606. Please protect the right of parents to make health care decisions for their children.”
Call 1-800-423-6900 to leave a message for a senator, or 1-800-423-2900 to leave a message for your representative. If you do not hear back from them within 24 hours, please follow up with an email or a call to the alternate phone number listed below.
Use this link to find out who your representative and senator is. If your senator or representative is not listed below, please contact Chairman Brakey or Chairman Gattine.
Since this affects all parents, it is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler.
Contact Information—Members of the Committee
Senator Eric L. Brakey (R-Androscoggin), Chair
Senator Earle L. McCormick (R-Kennebec)
Senator Anne M. Haskell (D-Cumberland)
Representative Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook), Chair
Representative Peter C. Stuckey (D-Portland)
Representative Matthew J. Peterson (D-Rumford)
Representative Scott M. Hamann (D-South Portland)
Representative Christine S. Burstein (D-Lincolnville)
Representative Patricia Hymanson (D-York)
Representative Deborah J. Sanderson (R-Chelsea)
Representative Richard S. Malaby (R-Hancock)
Representative Frances M. Head (R-Bethel)
Representative Karen Vachon (R-Scarborough)
A parent’s right to make health care decisions for his or her child includes the right to make decisions about vaccinations. This right is currently under attack in several states due to highly publicized outbreaks of disease. Parents, not the government, should decide what preventive measures, including vaccinations, should be implemented for their children.
Thank you for standing with us for freedom!
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
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