Repeal California AB499
Written by The Canary Party   
Friday, 02 March 2012 19:06

Press Release

Contact: Ginger Taylor Phone: (855) 711-5282  Email mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9 A.M. EST, March 2, 2012

Parents, not children, must make health care decisions
Repeal California AB499

Long Beach, CA, March 2nd, 2012: Repealing California’s HPV vaccine law AB499 will restore rights, and remove corporate influence from families’ medical planning.

Vaccine safety advocates and parental rights groups are urgently working to undo the damage begun last October when the HPV vaccine bill AB499 was quietly passed in the legislature.

Right now in California, children as young as twelve can be injected with an unproven and costly HPV vaccine linked to 24,000+ adverse events -without the knowledge or permission of that child’s parents. Such a student is considered by state legislators to be able to critically read and understand a 30-page Gardasil medical product information sheet without parental guidance, and yet may not even obtain an aspirin from the school nurse without the express written consent of a parent.

The U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System lists injuries associated with this vaccine. According to vaccine safety advocates SaneVax Inc., an analysis of VAERS data on HPV vaccines through January 15, 2012 shows that 24,832 total adverse events have been reported, with almost 10,000 victims rushing to an emergency room. 3,307 events were serious, 472 were life-threatening, 817 girls have been disabled, and there have been 108 reported deaths.

These injured HPV vaccine recipients have suffered seizures, brain damage, and autoimmune disorders such as lupus, thrombosis, paralysis, stroke, and death.

To make matters worse, California’s AB499 may violate federal law.

“The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 requires parents be given a CDC Vaccine Information Sheet before a vaccine is administered,” said Ginger Taylor, Executive Director of the Canary Party. “If parents don’t know that the child is given the vaccine, and does not get the VIS beforehand, federal law is violated.”

The 1986 Childhood Vaccine Injury Act also removes the right to sue after an injury. If a patient suffers health problems after vaccination, it’s up to them to prove it to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program – where 80% of cases are thrown out. If parents do not know a vaccine has been administered, then no such correlation can ever be made, no medical investigation can be undertaken and no claim for vaccine injury can even be filed.

“Parents’ rights have been bypassed in favor of profiteering,” said Wayne Rhode of the Canary Party. “In California a child can go to school in the morning, be coerced into getting vaccinated for a disease they likely will never get, and come home disabled for life with a vaccine injury that government and the manufacturer will simply deny.”

HPV vaccine makers Merck and GlaxoSmithKline have made campaign donations to a number of California legislators, including three members of the Judiciary Committee. Global vaccine revenues are expected to grow from $30 billion in 2010 to $52 billion in 2016. This vaccine series is one of the most expensive on the market, costing $360, all of which is paid for by taxpayers, as neither parents nor insurance are billed for the shots.

The Canary Party calls on the state of California to repeal AB499, and requests further consumer safety testing be done on HPV vaccines, as current testing is inadequate.

The normal process for certification of a new vaccine, involving data collection on the health of recipients for at least four years post-vaccination, was reduced to 15 months. . The “placebo” given to girls involved in the Gardasil testing was not an inert substance known to pose no health risks, but contained similar amounts of aluminum salts (proven to cause neurological and autoimmune disorders) as found in the Gardasil vaccine. . The current rate of reported deaths and serious injuries as a consequence of Gardasil vaccination raises questions as to the safety of this product.

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The Canary Party believes that the growing collaboration between Pharma and Government is becoming increasingly problematic, and that the use of our schools as a marketing arm for pharmaceutical products is a prospect that should concern all of our citizens.

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Ginger Taylor on with Wade Rankin of Injecting Sense
Written by The Canary Party   
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 00:00

Our Executive Director, Ginger Taylor, will be interviewed on Autism One Radio today (2/28) by Wade Rankin of Injecting Sense at 1pm EST.  They will be discussing The Canary Party, what it is and what is happening in the fight for the health of the American people.

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Farmer Faces Possible 3-year Prison Term for Feeding Community
Written by The Canary Party   
Friday, 24 February 2012 18:52

Media Alert
Farmer Faces Possible 3-year Prison Term for Feeding Community
Customers and Other Supporters Stand with Farmer
February 24, 2012--Baraboo, WI—Food sovereignty activists from around North America will meet at this tiny town on March 2, 2012 to support Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger and food sovereignty. Hershberger, who has a court hearing that day, is charged with four criminal misdemeanors that could land him in prison for three years with fines of over $10,000. The Wisconsin Department of Agricultural Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) targeted Hershberger for supplying a private buying club with fresh milk and other farm products.
 
DATCP has charged Hershberger with, among other things, operating a retail food establishment without a license. Hershberger repeatedly denies this, citing that he provides foods only to paid members in a private buying club and is not subject to state food regulations. “There is more at stake here than just a farmer and his few customers,” says Hershberger, “this is about the fundamental right of farmers and consumers to engage in peaceful, private, mutually consenting agreements for food, without additional oversight.”
 
At a pre-court rally scheduled for 11:00am, in front of the Sauk County Courthouse in Baraboo, food rights activists will read and distribute a “Declaration of Food Independence” that asserts inherent rights in food choice. A signing ceremony will be part of the rally. The signers expect the declaration will inspire a growing food sovereignty movement. Speakers at the rally will include members of Hershberger’s club.
 
Hershberger and other farmers around the country have been and are facing state or federal charges against them for providing fresh foods to wanting customers. In recent months the FDA has conducted several long undercover sting operations and raids against peaceful farmers and buying clubs that have resulted in farms shutting down and consumers without access to their food.
 
Farm Food Freedom Coalition wants to ensure that America's treasures, our independent farms and ranches, are able to thrive. We aim to preserve our agricultural heritage and the future availability of traditional, farm fresh foods. Americans want and deserve the freedom to choose natural, unprocessed foods for generations to come.
 
Information about farm raids: FarmFoodFreedom.com. For additional information on raw milk: westonaprice.org.
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Media Contact: Liz Reitzig, Co-founder, Farm Food Freedom Coalition
More event information: RawMilkFreedomRiders.com

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The Physician Payment Sunshine Act – Darker Days for Pharma
Written by The Canary Party   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 19:56

Beginning in September 2013, we will have the right to know if our doctors are being wined, dined, gifted, funded, or in any way compensated by a pharmaceutical company, thanks to the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. There is evidently a lot of money changing hands, because the cost of recording all those payments and complying with the new federal law is going to be $224 million the first year, and $163 million annually thereafter. The purpose of the law is to ensure that undisclosed financial ties do not unduly influence medical research and medical practice.

A federal website will be maintained for the public, listing names of physicians and the value in dollars of payments received from manufacturers greater than $10 (add three or four zeros for some physicians). Doctors will also be required to disclose their stock holdings involving companies that supply drugs, medical devices and biologics. Aside from the extra cost to health care providers (which will likely be passed along to patients), this law is good news for consumers.

How do pharmaceutical companies feel about the bright light of day shining on the wined and dined? Pharma is apparently not too confident that we, the consumers of their goods, can handle this information. They are concerned that transparency “without context” could give us the wrong idea. They are worried that we might think drug companies are actually trying to buy influence by giving our doctors gifts, food, entertainment, travel, honoraria, research funding, grants, charitable contributions, direct compensation for teaching, consulting fees, investment interest, royalties, licensing fees and speaking fees.

Now why would we think that? John Castellani, President and CEO of the lobbying group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) tells us that “transparency should bring clarity, not confusion.” Ironically, this is how PhRMA describes its “transparency” to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

“Our comments to CMS are long and complicated, reflecting the complexities of the issue. They make use of examples, hypotheticals and incredibly long descriptions.”

Such tactics do not bode well for either transparency or clarity. In fact, medical consumers may be left wondering if this is just another old-fashioned snow job. Pharmaceutical companies are very worried that the Physician Payment Sunshine provision of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act will result in consumers looking at a physician’s name and a dollar amount the doctor is paid by companies that make drugs, medical devices or supplies, and draw conclusions without understanding “the information learned, the expertise provided, or the resources that went into the particular research work.”

The law is meant to provide the public with transparency “in interactions between biopharmaceutical companies and health care providers.” (Try wading through pages 1542 – 1563 of the Affordable Care Act.) But Castellani fears that patients will see “such limited information as inaccurately suggesting a physician’s bias, despite research that has shown that this could not be further from the truth.” Getting at “the truth,” however, is not what pharma-funded research is known for, as evidenced by drug safety studies in which the “placebo” is not inert, or the epidemiological study of a vaccine preservative whose data is repeatedly reworked until it can no longer be shown to cause developmental delay in children.

Castellani says pharmaceutical companies want “more useful transparency.” The Canary Party asks, useful to whom? He claims that “we’re proud of the way that we collaborate with physicians, and they with us, in the interests of medical progress. Our goal is to continue working with CMS to create a tool with the appropriate resources for patients to appreciate this, as well.”

Does that last sentence sound like doublespeak nonsense to you? It doesn’t make any sense to us either. Unfortunately, the people who wrote it have a seat at the table with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Let’s hope that table isn’t at the Four Seasons.

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Push Back Against the Assault on Vaccine Choice
Written by Dawn Winkler   
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 18:07

Dear Friends, Colleagues, Activists, Parents, Everyone:
 
As many of you know, the state of Washington's personal beliefs exemption from vaccination was assaulted last legislative session. Despite massive opposition including close to 100 people showing up to a committee hearing (which NEVER happens), SB5005 passed and became law. Parents must obtain the signature of a "healthcare provider" in order to obtain a personal beliefs or a religious beliefs exemption from school required vaccination, annually. The "healthcare provider" must meet certain criteria set forth by the state.
 
As predicted, the assault on our freedom to opt out of school required vaccinations based on personal beliefs or religious reasons is moving forward full force. Vermont already introduced two bills that will ELIMINATE philosphical exemptions altogether (H527 & S199) and they are moving rapidly despite opposition. Arizona introduced HB2846 on February 7, 2010 which will force parents to obtain the signature of a "health professional" for both personal beliefs and religious exemptions.
 
If these states allow their exemptions to be taken away or altered to require a healthcare professionals signature for a personal beliefs or religious exemption, ANY STATE COULD BE NEXT. The goal is pretty clear here folks. The powers that be don't like parents being able to excercise their right to opt out of school required vaccinations. We are witnessing an all out attack on our right to opt out or choose only certain vaccines. We need to alert as many people as we can in both Vermont and Arizona and urge them to stand up for their rights and fight back. We also need everyone else in all other states to be ready for such an assault.
 
The National Vaccine Information Center has a state advocacy portal which makes it very easy to see what is going on in your own state and keep track of what can be done and what steps to take to help stop these horrific, freedom threatening bills. Please visit: www.nvicadvocacy.org and sign up. It's free, easy, and an invaluable tool for everyone to use to help fight for our freedom.
 
This assault on our right to object to vaccination could not be more serious. Remember the days of simply trying to educate new parents, friends and family about the dangers of vaccines? What good will it have done if they don't have the right to say no to them? We are also facing flu vaccine mandates for all healthcare workers at both various state levels and the federal level. The Colorado Board of Health just passed a rule last week regarding this very issue and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee also voted this month to recommend that all healthcare workers receive annual flu vaccines as a condition of employment. We have already been contacted by healthcare workers who have lost their jobs over this issue. I listened in on the NVAC meeting for an entire day, tried to make a comment during the public comment section and was not allowed. Vaccinating blue-collar workers with annual flu vaccine was also mentioned during the meeting.
 
The jig is up folks. It's Pharmageddon (credit for that term goes to Steve from the Western Canary Party Conference!). They're coming for all of us. Whether it's flu vaccinations as a condition of employment or taking away our state allowed exemptions from vaccination for school, be assured, pHARMa is working hard behind the scenes in every state to make sure that you and your children are part of their market, even if you disagree.
 
Twelve year olds and up in California can now go get Gardasil (HPV vaccine) and Hepatitis B vaccine without their parents' knowledge or consent thanks to AB499 which passed last session. Despite an intense veto campaign, Governor Brown signed the bill into law while also signing a bill to keep children under 18 from using a tanning bed without their parents' consent. Those of us in CA are now burdened with the difficult task of trying to undo this bad bill.
 
Please forward this to anyone you know who cares about vaccination rights. If you are in VT or AZ, please join the NVIC's advocacy portal at the link above and send me an email letting me know you are joining the fight so I can make sure you get coordinated with what and who you need. If you are in CA and willing to help get rid of AB499, please send me an email as there are a group of us working on this via the Canary Party. The Canary Party also has a great project management tool which can benefit anyone, anywhere, depending on what aspect of health freedom you are interested in helping with. If you haven't taken a look at the Canary Party yet, please do so at www.canaryparty.org
 
We ALL need to join in and fight. Health freedom is under unprecedented assault. Everyone can do something and no matter how small a contribution, every single effort helps. Forwarding an email, making a phone call, faxing a legislator, attending a hearing, it doesn't matter. If you value your medical freedom, figure out what you have to offer and how best to use those skills to help. If you feel you can't help because of time constraints but can donate money, we can certainly use donations, no matter how small. Donations to HAPI are tax deductible, see information below signature. There are very few of us working really, really hard on this issue and most of us do it for free while we juggle everday life working at jobs and raising kids. I guess this is the point where I am begging. Begging for every single person who receives this to please figure out what it is that you can offer to help us protect our health freedom, it is almost too late. Don't let this happen on your watch!
 
If I have not provided enough information or resources for you to be able to figure out how it is you can help, please don't hesitate to call me or email me to chat about ideas. We CAN ALL make a difference if we try!!!
 
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". ~Edmund Burke??? That's what I found, but great quote no matter who said it!!! Many thanks to all of you dedicated health freedom fighters for all that you do!

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In Health and Liberty,
 
Dawn Winkler
Executive Director
Health Advocacy in the Public Interest (HAPI)
www.hapihealth.com

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West Virginia Rally for Philosophical Vaccine Exemptions
Written by The Canary Party   
Friday, 17 February 2012 15:40

Attend the rally, Sign the petition.  From our Canary friends in West Virginia:

RALLY FOR PARENTAL RIGHTS
Wednesday February 22 @ 10am
WV State Capitol Steps

HUNDREDS WILL GATHER ON THE CAPITAL STEPS TO DEMAND END TO FORCED VACCINATION

The New England Journal of Medicine supports non-medical exemptions. Why does WV have to stand outside of these recommendations and the rest of the country?

On Wednesday, February 22 at 10am on the steps of the West Virginia State Capital, families, military members, health care professionals, and legal experts will gather to affirm that vaccination choice is a fundamental human and civil right. They will demand that Senate Bill 50 (introduced by Senators Boley and Nohe) be passed swiftly, providing families with the same type of non-medical immunization exemption 48 other states enjoy and realigning West Virginia with the rest of the country regarding compulsory immunization for school entrance. 

The “Rally for Parental Rights” is a free, public rally coordinated by a grassroots effort called  We the Parents that will raise awareness of the legal, medical, and ethical implications of compulsory medical interventions. Parents will share their stories of tragedy, harassment, and discuss how current law impacts and decreases their family’s quality of life. Keynote speakers include representatives from VaxTruth.org, ACLU- WV, and Center for Personal Rights, as well as Patricia Finn, Attorney, PC, parents, families, and military members. 

“This is an opportunity for parents to have a voice,“ says Lori Lee, an organizer and parent of two healthy, non-vaccinated children in Jackson County. “Our state government, our legislature is not listening. Concerned parents have been ignored by their own Senators. Senate Bill 50 is stalled in the Senate Education Committee, while many Senators ignore phone calls, faxes, letters, and pleas from their constituents. This is our chance to be heard.” Each day, the Lees drive their children across the border where they are schooled in Ohio. Ohio, is one of the 48 states in the US which provides non-medical exemptions for parents regarding immunizations for school entrance. Ohio offers medical, religious and philosophical exemptions and maintains a higher percentage of children immunized than West Virginia. In fact, based on 2010 data from the Center for Disease Control, 26 additional states which provide simple non-medical exemptions remain at or above West Virginia’s immunization rate (2010 3DTaP % per CDC).

“Current code substantially burdens the free exercise of religion as is protected by the 1st Amendment and is in opposition of the 9th Amendment which guarantees fundamental rights,” says Patricia Finn, Attorney, PC whose law office focuses on clients’ 1st Amendment Rights. A group of parents in West Virginia is working to ensure these rights are given back. Ms. Finn is one of the keynote speakers at the rally. 

West Virginia Code (§16-3-4) mandates compulsory immunization, prohibiting parents who object to some or all vaccines from sending their children to public or private schools in the state. It is important to note that this code was introduced in 1931, when only three vaccines were in use (diphtheria, pertussis, and tuberculosis) as opposed to the 14 vaccinations now required for school entry (Four doses of DTaP, 3 doses of Polio, 2 doses MMR, 2 doses chicken pox, 3 doses hepatitis B). 

Senate Bill 50 enjoys the support of the community, much of the West Virginia Legislature, and many large groups such as the ACLU-WV, Canary Party, Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), VaxTruth, Center for Personal Rights, and National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). However, if Senator Plymale, Senate Education Chair, refuses to put the bill on the committee’s agenda in the coming week, it will die in committee. To date, he is unresponsive. 

In a letter to the West Virginia Senate Education Committee, where the bill is currently awaiting placement on the committee agenda, Jane M. Orient, MD of the AAPS wrote, “We believe that patients, or in the case of children, their parents or guardians, have the right to make their own medical decisions. According to the Nuremberg Code, patients may not be forced to participate in experiments without their fully informed consent.” She further states, “We note that many other states permit non-medical exemptions like that in Senate Bill 50, and no serious public health consequences have been demonstrated. Adverse reactions to vaccines may be serious, permanently disabling, or even fatal in some individuals.”

USA Today, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, Herald-Dispatch, Intelligencer: Wheeling News Register, and WTRF have all reported on the debate whirling around flawed public policy and parental rights. We the Parents is fighting for their rights and for their children, and that passion is not easily quelled. They are demanding that the State of West Virginia bring its code in line with the rest of the United States and restore their Constitutional freedoms.

Sign the online petition and help us reach 1000 signatures by Wednesday!


"The right to choose what is injected into your child's body is a decision that should made with due diligence by the parents of a child, as the one-size-fits-all approach to vaccination doesn't look at at the immune response by certain individuals and take into account personal and family medical history.

My own son was given a vaccination for school which was described to me as harmless and having no side effects and no possibility of a reaction, who then collapsed in my arms while coming home from the doctor's office. I frantically turned around and rushed him to the hospital where he, thank God, was revived and stabilized.

I thought I had lost my son forever. I was then told he never could have these vaccinations the rest of his life. Quite a turn around from the day before when told there were never any complications from these inoculations. In most states citizens currently have the legal right to opt out of using vaccines, West Virginia should be no different!"


     -- WV State Senator David C. Nohe


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