WE MAKE THINGS HAPPEN
SENATE BILL MEMORANDUM
Posted: December 15, 2017 11:53 AM
From: Senator Mike Folmer
To: All Senate members
Subject: Informed Consent
The ability to make decisions about what goes into our bodies is a basic human right. This personal autonomy is challenged whenever government requires mandatory vaccinations. Indeed, sticking needles into a human body is the very definition of intrusive.
For this reason, I will be introducing “Informed Consent” legislation to require patients and parents be given information before they consent to vaccinations. Consistent with my successful medical cannabis initiative, I believe all medical decisions should be between a patient and their physician – including the right to informed consent or informed refusal in the use of vaccines.
My goal is to ensure people are first given an explanation of the potential benefits and the potential risks whenever a vaccine is administered. Only then are people able to exercise their basic human right to decide whether or not to allow intrusion into their bodies.
Informed consent is already required for a number of medical treatments and procedures: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and blood transfusions. My legislation would extend patients’ rights to informed consent to vaccinations by requiring them to be informed of the potential risks and benefits of the vaccinations they are being given. More importantly, my legislation will require patients be given this information prior to their consenting to receive a vaccination.
I believe Informed Consent should, at a minimum, mean the person from whom consent is being sought the opportunity to understand what they are being given, what the risks and benefits are, and other potential consequences of the procedure they are facing.
I hope you will join me in this pro-patient proposal.
HOUSE BILL MEMORANDUM
Posted: January 2, 2018 09:58 AM
From: Representative Russ Diamond and Representative Francis X. Ryan
To: All House members
Subject: School Vaccination and Exemption Announcements
In the near future we will be introducing legislation to address a problem that became apparent last summer when notices of the time period change for obtaining vaccinations for school attendance were publicly distributed. These notices, in many cases, stated that children must have certain vaccines within a five-day window or they could not attend school, but failed to mention that, alternatively, religious or medical exemptions could be obtained
Many news outlets repeated these notices exactly as distributed, and by omitting any mention of exemptions, effectively and incorrectly stated or implied that there was no alternative but to be up to date on all vaccinations within the window or submit a medical provider's plan to get children up to date.
This resulted in unnecessary public confusion. A constituent activist received numerous contacts from parents, who already had religious or other exemptions, believing their exemptions were taken away, and attempted to set the record straight via a flurry of interviews and letters to newspapers. Our offices received calls from confused parents as well.
These notices from school districts and the Department of Health on numerous occasions found their way into legislative twitter feeds, social media, and other legislative updates, in most cases omitting the alternative provided within the School Code for obtaining a religious or medical exemption.
Our legislation would require the exemptions contained in the School Code to be disclosed whenever school districts or other government agencies announce vaccination requirements for school attendance.
Please join us in co-sponsoring this common sense legislation to provide full and complete disclosure of school attendance requirements to parents.