Many parents don’t know they have the legal right to exemption from vaccination. Currently, all 50 states provide for medical exemptions.
Forty-eight Forty-seven states provide religious exemptions and/or philosophical exemptions. California no longer separates religious and philosophical exemptions; they are combined under the philosophical umbrella. Mississippi and West Virginia are the only two states where parents do not have the right to make personal decisions regarding whether or not their children receive vaccinations. California has joined Mississippi and West Virginia and now has also stripped parents of their right to make decisions about their children’s healthcare. This is a problem, and it is one which we all need to keep in the forefront of our minds. Just as in the past, change in Mississippi came from outside pressure, our fellow U.S. citizens will not likely achieve their Constitutional Right to religious freedom without our help. We need to all work toward bringing equality to families in Mississippi and West Virginia – and restoring it in California.
Part of bringing religious freedom to MS and WV (and restoring freedom in California) involves protecting religious freedom from forced vaccination in the rest of the U.S. Working to educate parents about their right to religious exemptions was how this website got started. I just couldn’t sit by and watch the media use misinformation and scare-tactics (“Your child can’t go to school if he’s not up-to-date on vaccinations!”) to coerce parents into making uninformed decisions about what is an optional medical procedure.
Parents NEED to KNOW they have RIGHTS!
When I talk to parents of young children about vaccines, many of them express concerns. When they realize that some vaccines contain the DNA of aborted human babies, and others contain the DNA of cows, chickens, monkeys and other animals, as well as multiple viruses, bacteria, and toxins such as aluminum, mercury, polysorbate 80 and formaldehyde, parents really start to become concerned. Parents who believe in God often express their belief that injecting multiple toxins, viruses, bacteria and the DNA of animals and aborted children goes against God’s perfect design of the human body in His image. I agree.
Thankfully, in Indiana, I have the right to say no to this practice. I have prayed about it and asked God for guidance. I have asked Him to guide me to the understanding of what He wants me to see and to give me the knowledge I need to make informed decisions for my family. It is my deeply held religious conviction that God designed our immune systems to work in a specific way. The immune system God designed was meant to fight off illness by mounting a response when we come in contact with a disease (one disease at a time). When we are exposed to a virus or bacteria it usually happens through our noses or our mouths, and sometimes through our skin. For example, when someone who is ill with a viral or bacterial infection sneezes or coughs, we may take in the virus or bacteria through our mouths or noses. This signals our immune system to send out the troops and our body responds with an inflammatory response – sniffly nose, watery eyes, increased temperature, mucus, etc. This is the way God designed the immune system to work. He did not design our bodies to respond to viruses and bacteria being injected into our muscles, where the pathogens quickly go into our blood stream. The vaccine-method of introducing pathogens into the body bypasses the mucosal immune system God designed as our first line of defense.
In the days before vaccines became available, and when children were allowed to develop their immune systems naturally (the way God intended), children did get sick. They got measles, mumps and chickenpox. Yes… some also got polio, but contrary to what mainstream media will have you believe, most children who got polio got a mild case (like a stomach virus) and recovered completely with no lasting effects other than lifelong immunity. Children in the U.S. were never at high risk for sexually-transmitted diseases such as hepatitis B. Children born in the United States and vaccinated according to the CDC’s Recommended Childhood Schedule currently receive up to 9 vaccinations at the same time during their infant well-baby check-ups. Even more concerning is that there has never been a single study of either the safety or efficacy of this practice.
Exposing an infant’s immune system to 9 different vaccines and all of the different ingredients in those vaccines within a matter of minutes just doesn’t make sense to me and is completely inconsistent with my belief of how God designed our bodies. If we dig deeper, it gets even more concerning when we consider the number of vaccine antigens (different strains of viruses and bacteria) in individual vaccines. For example, the Rotateq vaccine (for rotavirus) contains five different strains of the virus. The inactivated polio vaccine contains three strains of polio virus. Prevnar 13 contains 13 strains of streptococcal bacteria and Prevnar 23 contains 23 strains of strep! When you add the number of viral and bacterial antigens up, an infant who is vaccinated according to the CDC’s Recommended Childhood Schedule is exposed to, and expected to mount an immune response to 115 disease antigens during the first two years of his or her life! This is certainly not the way God intended! This is artificial manipulation of God’s perfect design.
I won’t quote the Bible and I won’t tell you how to write a Religious Exemption. That is for you to pray about and ask for God’s guidance. I will tell you that for me, I believe God knew what He was doing and I believe the massive amounts of viruses, bacteria, toxins, and foreign DNA (animal and human) through vaccination goes against His design. That is the basis of my personal religious exemption.
Where to find Indiana Law:
The law in Indiana that pertains to vaccines for school children (k-12) is located on page 934 of Title 20, and reads as follows:
TITLE 20. EDUCATION
ARTICLE 34. STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES
CHAPTER 3. HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES
Sec. 2. (a) Except as otherwise provided, a student may not be required to undergo any testing, examination, immunization, or treatment required under this chapter or IC 20-34-4 when the child’s parent objects on religious grounds. A religious objection does not exempt a child from any testing, examination, immunization, or treatment required under this chapter or IC 20-34-4 unless the objection is:
(1) made in writing;
(2) signed by the child’s parent; and
(3) delivered to the child’s teacher or to the individual who might order a test, an exam, an immunization, or a treatment absent the objection.
The law for college students at state institutions contains the same language, but the Indiana Code is 21-40-5-6 and is located on page 513 of Title 21.
What about preschool or daycare?
I have not been able to find any specific information in the Indiana legal code that relates to daycare or preschool. The Indiana Code does not require vaccinations for daycare or preschool children. The State Department of Health has been granted the right to make up the rules regarding preschool children. Notably, they make it very difficult to find information on the laws regarding religious or medical exemptions. Daycare or preschool agencies that accept federal money (vouchers), must follow state laws, and that includes honoring parents’ right to religious exemption. After lots of digging regarding preschool and daycare vaccination laws through the Indiana Department of Health website, I finally found this document, which indicates the health department is in charge. (see 20-34-4-2-c). However, if you go to 20-34-4-3, you will see the statute for religious exemptions listed (section 3(a)3): This states that the student must be immunized as a condition of enrollment unless one of the three conditions applies, the third one being that “IC 20-34-3-2 or IC 20-34-3-3 applies.” (IC 20-34-3-2 is religious exemption; IC-20-34-3-3 is medical exemption.)
There are some other very good resources to check out for information regarding your legal rights when it comes to vaccination. Again, if you live in Mississippi or West Virginia, your rights are being denied and at present, there isn’t much you can do except home-school or move. We hope and pray to change that but for now, your Constitutional Right to religious freedom does not apply if you live in those two states.
For those who live in one of the other 48 states, please check out the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) website. This interactive map will help you to learn about the specific laws in your state.
Vaccination Liberation is another excellent resource for information regarding exemptions.
For parents who are being threatened with CPS or DHS involvement if you choose to exercise your religious freedom from vaccination, you need to know that the laws regarding vaccination apply ONLY to school attendance. Vaccination is not mandatory in the United States or anywhere else. Doctors, nurses, and anyone else who threatens to report you for exercising your parental rights need to be reported to the state professional boards. They are overstepping their bounds and using threats and coercion to force you into a medical procedure. Don’t be bullied. Stand up for your children and for your right to make informed medical decisions without pressure.
To learn more about how VaxTruth and the Billboard Campaign got started, read Happy Birthday, Max. Here’s Your Sign.
To learn more about vaccines, this is a good place to start: Did You Know? A Few Facts About Vaccines