Last week I traveled to West Virginia to attend a rally at the State Capitol. The rally was organized by a group called We the Parents. We the Parents have been working tirelessly to bring parents and children in their state the same Constitutional Rights that are enjoyed by parents in 48 other states.
Only West Virginia and Mississippi currently do not allow non-medical exemptions from vaccinations. Children in West Virginia and in Mississippi are mandated to receive multiple vaccines, including vaccination against a sexually-transmitted disease (hepatitis B) prior to being allowed to attend daycare, Head Start, or public or private school.
We the Parents has hired Attorney Patricia Finn to represent them in this cause. Ms. Finn has also recently been retained by the parents of Kaylynne Matten, the 7 year-old Vermont girl who died in December 2011, just four days after receiving the flu vaccine.
Ms. Finn has been practicing law for several years, and has dedicated her practice primarily to protecting parental and Constitutional Rights; specifically with regard to vaccinations and school atttendance.
As has been the case with other professionals who dare to take a stand or even suggest that vaccines may be causing harm and that children may need to be protected from that harm, Ms. Finn reports she has faced harrassment and threats in the past. She believes she is a target for such action because she stands up for the rights of the most vulnerable citizens: our children.
Upon her return to New York, following the We the Parents rally, Ms. Finn was served with papers, threatening to strip her of her license to practice law. Ms. Finn posted the following on her facebook page, earlier today:
Upon returning from the Rally for Parental Rights I was served with papers seeking to suspend my license to practice law. I am being ordered to disclose the names of people I represent who do not vaccinate their children. I refuse. If it takes my license to get attention to this issue, then so be it. I’ve done nothing wrong.
In the last few days, Ms. Finn’s plight has been reported by others who follow the news regarding vaccination policy. Curt Linderman has interviewed Patti and written about her plight in his article, NY Ninth Judicial Committee Attacks Vaccine / Parental Rights Attorney.
Those who speak out about the dangers of vaccines are likely to become targets for retribution. It happens to parents. It happens to researchers. It happens to doctors and nurses who dare to speak out and take a stand. Now it is happening to one of the very few attorneys who has been willing to work for the rights of children and parents as they battle huge corporations and government machines.
Listen to Patti Finn’s speech from the We the Parents rally:
At this point I believe, as Ms. Finn does, that she is being targeted not because of what she has done, but because of who she represents. I do not know Ms. Finn well, but I know she has stuck her neck out for our kids, and I know that as an attorney, she could have chosen many other, more lucrative issues to litigate. For that alone, I believe she deserves our gratitude, our prayers and our support.