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Judy Ritchie <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 31 Oct 2000 00:52:34 -0800
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                                   Vaccine Refusal May Cause NY to Take

                                   Today, 77 middle-schoolers will be
yanked from home
                                   and taken into custody by New York
state unless their
                                   parents agree to vaccinate them for a
disease usually
                                   caught by drug abusers or the
sexually promiscuous.

                                   On October 10, students in Utica were
sent home for
                                   failing to get hepatitis B vaccines
by the state deadline.
                                   Parents were warned the children
would be turned over
                                   to Child Protective Services for
neglect if they were still
                                   without vaccination in 2 weeks.

                                   "This is Hillary-Care coming home to
roost in NY," said
                                   Jane M. Orient, MD, Executive
Director of the
                                   Association of American Physicians
and Surgeons
                                   (AAPS). President and Mrs. Clinton's
1992 campaign
                                   pledge to create the Vaccines for
Children Program
                                   (VFC) was to become the first
domestic policy initiative
                                   of the administration. It was
designed as their first shot
                                   to pass the Health Security Act.
"Their campaign to
                                   pass VFC was based on creating a
false crisis by
                                   claiming that millions of children
would be exposed to
                                   risk of disease without a government

                                   "This vaccine is a potential death
sentence for some
                                   children," said Dr. Orient.
"Government studies show
                                   that children under the age of 14 are
three times more
                                   likely to die or suffer adverse
reactions after receiving
                                   hepatitis B vaccines than to catch
the disease itself."
                                   Hepatitis B is primarily an adult
disease, usually spread
                                   by multiple sex partners, drug abuse
or an occupation
                                   with exposure to blood. Children are
at a very low risk of
                                   exposure, unless the pregnant mother
is infected.

                                   The school district will lose a
substantial amount of state
                                   funding if students do not comply
with the vaccine
                                   mandate. "We refuse to let that
happen," said school
                                   district physician, Mark Zongrone.

                                   "Apparently, Dr. Zongrone is more
interested in
                                   protecting his employer's budget than
protecting the
                                   children under his care, and Mrs.
Clinton cares more
                                   about her vision of socialized
medicine, "said Dr.

                                   "It's obscene to seize a child and
force him to the
                                   custody of strangers just because his
parents refuse
                                   medical treatment they think is
unnecessary or even
                                   dangerous," said Dr. Orient.
"Parents, not Mrs. Clinton's
                                   village government bureaucrats,
should make decisions
                                   about their children's medical care.
We urge an
                                   immediate repeal of all vaccine

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