Maine Voters Preserve Law That Eliminates Religious Vaccine Exemptions
Written by Luis Miguel
In a referendum on the ballot Tuesday, Maine residents voted to preserve a new state law that imposes strict vaccination requirements on residents by eliminating religious and philosophical exemptions.
The referendum put it to Mainers to decide whether they wanted to overturn the law scrapping vaccine exemptions.
“Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?” Question 1 asked voters.
Ultimately, 71.5 percent of voters decided against doing away with the law.
Governor Janet Mills (D) advocated on behalf of keeping the law, citing public concerns over coronavirus. “A little more than a month ago, the residents of a city in central China began getting terribly sick with a virus that no one had seen before,” Mills said in her weekly radio address in January. “As that virus spread, one of the first things that public health officials did was begin to work on a vaccine because vaccines save lives.”
Opponents of the vaccine law accused Mills of being on the side of Big Pharma vaccine manufacturers, a charge the governor denied. She argued that pharmaceutical companies “hardly benefit at all from producing vaccines.”
“And in trying to target so-called Big Pharma, whom nobody really likes, their campaign is purposefully trying to conflate vaccinations with other issues like the opioid epidemic when these issues are distinctly different,” Mills argued. “Don’t buy it.”
Despite Mills’ characterization of vaccines as being scarcely profitable for pharmaceutical companies, several analyses project that the vaccine industry will be worth approximately $60 billion by this year — up from $24 billion in 2016. To put that number in perspective, the recording music industry, which has produced more than its shares of millionaires, is only worth about $20 billion.
“By siding with the big corporations instead of the people, [Mills] is selling Maine out and sacrificing our fundamental right to make all of our own medical decisions,” said Cara Sacks, spokeswoman for Yes on 1 to Reject Big Pharma, which supported the ballot question to overturn the law. Sacks called the law, passed last year largely in response to a surge in whooping cough cases in the state, “a huge infringement on personal freedoms … on medical freedom in particular.”
Yes on 1 sought to repeal any ban on non-medical exemptions. One member of the group is Angie Kenney, a mother who used the philosophical exemption to refuse immunizations for her children after her older daughter had an adverse reaction to the chicken pox vaccine at 18 months.
“She could not crawl,” Kenney said. “She couldn’t walk. She couldn’t even feed herself. And this went on for almost a year.”
Her daughter was diagnosed with ataxia, a brain injury listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a known adverse response to the chicken pox vaccine. While Kenney’s daughter has since recovered and is now a teenager, Kenney does not believe the state should force her to vaccinate her 4-year-old daughter, who may be susceptible to the same injury. “I am not sacrificing my child for the greater good of the community,” Kenney said.
Yes on 1’s defeat came despite immense activism and financial support. The group raised $315,752 in contributions and loans.
Over five percent of kindergarteners in Maine currently have non-medical exemptions — more than twice the national average. Pro-vaccine health officials in Maine argue that this endangers children who have compromised immune systems and cannot receive vaccines themselves. NPR cites a pediatrician, Laura Blaisdell, who says the threat of measles justifies eliminating vaccine exemptions.
But measles, like the chicken pox, is a relatively mild illness with highly treatable symptoms. Dr. Robert Sears, author of The Vaccine Book, wrote of measles outbreaks:
The truth is, these outbreaks have nothing to do with the 1% who opt out of vaccines (yep, the number is really that small). Outbreaks are happening, and will continue to happen, because we are losing our natural immunity and population coverage.
John F. McManus, president emeritus of The John Birch Society, has spoken on the dangers of mandatory vaccinations.
The other matter, not brought up by those whose opinions appear in the WHO video session, is the scary possibility of and overbearing government employing compulsory medicine as a political tactic. If unwanted vaccinations can be mandated, will mass medication be employed for political reasons (population control, genocide, racial purity, etc.)?
McManus’ recommended solution to the debate is to ensure medical freedom for all, whether they have a positive or negative opinion of vaccines. “The conclusion that should be reached by all is that those who want vaccinations should be able to secure them, and those who don’t should be able to refrain,” he concludes.
Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American