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Call to Protect Parental Choice in Vaccinations

Homeschooling in Maine.

Call your state legislators today!



Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in your state. He and his wife homeschooled their children.
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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.

Action Requested

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
(207) 406-0897
sen.eric.brakey@gmail.com

Senator Earle L. McCormick (R-Kennebec)
(207) 724-3228
demccormick@tds.net

Senator Anne M. Haskell (D-Cumberland)
(207) 287-1515
anne.haskell@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook), Chair
(207) 409-3477
Drew.Gattine@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Peter C. Stuckey (D-Portland)
(207) 479-4886
Peter.Stuckey@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Matthew J. Peterson (D-Rumford)
(207) 776-8051
Matthew.Peterson@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Scott M. Hamann (D-South Portland)
(207) 233-2951
Scott.Hamann@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Christine S. Burstein (D-Lincolnville)
(207) 735-7007
Christine.Burstein@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Patricia Hymanson (D-York)
(207) 363-8353
Patricia.Hymanson@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Deborah J. Sanderson (R-Chelsea)
(207) 376-7515
Deborah.Sanderson@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Richard S. Malaby (R-Hancock)
(207) 422-6806
Richard.Malaby@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Frances M. Head (R-Bethel)
(207) 650-1351
Frances.Head@legislature.maine.gov

Representative Karen Vachon (R-Scarborough)
(207) 883-4715
Karen.Vachon@legislature.maine.gov

Background

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.,
Senior Counsel,
Home School Legal Defense Association

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