NATIONAL ELECTRONIC VACCINE TRACKING REGISTRY
How The Plan To Force Vaccination Gave Birth To The National ID, A
Government Health Records Database, and the End of Medical Privacy
History of Mandatory
Immunization laws in the US
are not federal, but state mandates. The authority of U.S. states to promulgate
regulations which protect the public health and safety is well established,
having historical roots in health regulations created in the colonial states
during the 18th century. A seminal Supreme Court decision in 1905, Jacobsen
v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905), affirmed the authority of state
legislatures to assign "police powers" to health officials to enact
quarantines and enforce mandatory vaccination laws to prevent epidemics.
Although the historic and legal precedent for state authority to enact and
enforce mandatory vaccination laws is clear, it is not without legal limitations
and ethical imperatives.
State public health laws in
the U.S. can be traced back to the 18th and 19th
centuries when unpredictable epidemics of highly contagious, dangerous diseases
such as yellow fever, typhoid fever and smallpox would sweep through crowded,
unsanitary port cities after diseased immigrants would disembark from boats and
infect the community. Eventually volunteer citizen committees formed to
quarantine the boats entering the harbors for weeks until those disembarking
were certified "disease-free."
At the turn of the century,
after doctors had taken over these volunteer citizen committees and funding
from taxes supported the beginnings of a state and national public health
infrastructure, the first state vaccination laws were enacted by legislatures
at the urging of physician public health officials. Soon the idea of
quarantining those with infection during epidemics extended to those who were
not vaccinated, such as excluding unvaccinated children from school during
The Supreme Court
Speaks in 1905
In 1905, a man named
Jacobsen and his son sued the state of Massachusetts for requiring them to get
a second smallpox vaccination or pay a $55 fine. Jacobsen refused to get
re-vaccinated or pay the fine, claiming he and his son had had a bad reaction
to a previous smallpox vaccination and were afraid they would be injured or die
by a second one. Jacobsen maintained that forcing him to be revaccinated was
"an assault upon his person" and violated his Constitutional rights.
The Supreme Court rejected
the evidence Jacobsen presented to show that the smallpox vaccination can cause
injury and death and that doctors cannot distinguish between those who will be
harmed and those who wont be harmed by the vaccination. The Court concluded
"The matured opinions of medical men everywhere, and the experience of
mankind, as all must know, negate the suggestion that it is not possible in any
case to determine whether vaccination is safe."
The fact that the nine
Supreme Court justices at the turn of the century did not have accurate medical
information upon which to base their precedent-setting decision is as
understandable as it is unfortunate. It has been proven in the succeeding 94
years, most recently in the U.S. Claims Court in Washington, D.C., where more
than 1 billion dollars has been awarded to some 1,000 American families whose
children have died or been injured from the adverse effects of childhood
vaccines, that often doctors cannot predict ahead of time which children will react
to vaccines and die or be left with mental retardation, medication-resistant
seizure disorders, learning disabilities, chronic arthritis, paralysis or other
immune deficiencies and brain damage.
Between 12,000 and 14,000
reports of hospitalizations, injuries and deaths following vaccination are made
to the governments Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) every year,
yet it is estimated that fewer than one percent of all doctors report serious
health problems which occur following drug or vaccine administration. The fact
that genetic and other as yet unidentified biological factors can place some
individuals at higher risk for vaccine-induced injury and death calls into
question the constitutionality of a one-size-fits-all forced vaccination policy
that does not take into account individual biological differences.
This is a critical point in
measuring the consequences of assigning police powers to public health
officials for the purpose of enforcing vaccination, particularly in cases where
parents suspect their children are at increased risk for reacting to vaccines
even though health officials, anxious to achieve a 100 percent vaccination
rate, disagree. In their opinion, the 1905 Supreme Court justices acknowledged
that vaccination must not be forced on a person whose physical condition would
make vaccination "cruel and inhuman to the last degree. We are not to be
understood as holding that the statute was intended to be applied in such a
case or, if it was so intended, that the judiciary would not be competent to
interfere and protect the health and life of the individual concerned."
interpreting Jacobsen v. Massachusetts in 1999 it is important to
remember that, although the Court stated that states may enact "such
reasonable regulations established directly by legislative enactment as will
protect the public health and the public safety," the Court also made it
clear that mandatory vaccination laws must not be applied unreasonably so as to
result in harm to individuals. When public health officials in 1999 make the
argument for government-forced vaccination, they often omit mention of this
signal by the US Supreme Court that the state does not have the right to
command that an individual sacrifice his or her life in the name of the public
What, then, did the 1905
Supreme Court mean when it went on to declare that "it was the duty of
constituted authorities primarily to keep in view the welfare, comfort and
safety of the many, and not permit the interests of the many to be subordinated
to the wishes or convenience of the few"? The "wishes or
convenience" of the few certainly does not translate into the
"lives" of the few, but, nevertheless, the historical context in
which this declaration was made is extremely important.
Sacrifice of Individuals
In 1905, the political
doctrine known as "utilitarianism" was a popular philosophical tenet
which had been developed by a 19th century British philosopher and
science devotee, Jeremy Bentham. A consequentialist theory, utilitarianism
judges the rightness or wrongness of an action by its consequences and holds
that an action that is moral or ethical results in the greatest happiness for
the greatest number of people. With its emphasis on numbers of people, Bentham
created utilitarianism primarily as a guide to state legislative policy. Karl
Marx used utilitarian principles to formulate his economic theories, while
modern cost benefit analyses are also descendents of utilitarianism.
In 1927, the renowned
American jurist Oliver Wendall Holmes embraced the utilitarian rationale when
he used Jacobsen v. Massachusetts to justify the forced sterilization of
a mentally retarded woman to, in effect, protect the public welfare. Writing
for the majority in a 8-1 Supreme Court decision, Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S.
200 (1927), Holmes said "The principle that sustains compulsory
vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes."
Not long after, Hitler
would embrace the same kind of rationalization used by Holmes in that stunning
1927 legal opinion and go on to pursue his own brand of social engineering to
eliminate from society those individuals deemed by the Third Reich to be
genetically defective or inferior. At the Doctors Trial at Nuremberg after World
War II, physicians employed by the German state forwarded a utilitarian defense
to justify euthanasia of the mentally and physically handicapped and the
conducting of medical experiments on individuals without their informed
consent. They maintained that the sacrifice of some individuals would improve
or save the lives of many. It was at the Nuremberg Trial in 1947 that the full
measure of the tragic moral failure of utilitarianism was finally revealed.
The Public Health
The statements made by the
Supreme Court in 1905 must be viewed in their historical context to be
interpreted reasonably and judiciously in 1999. What is undeniable is that Jacobsen
v Massachusetts, which confirmed the right of state legislatures to assign
police powers to physicians employed by the state, has been used by state and
federal health officials to build a powerful and massive public health
infrastructure in the US during this century. This public health infrastructure
and operation of the mass vaccination system within it is fueled by billions of
tax dollars as well as funding by a pharmaceutical industry eager to capitalize
on government-forced purchase of its vaccines by all citizens.
Operating as an independent
executive authority with funding from, but little oversight by, the legislative
branches of government, this public health empire created by government health
officials has seen its most dramatic growth in the last 25 years. Its power
over and reach into the life of every American now threatens our privacy, our
liberty and the biological integrity of our children and grandchildren.
Nowhere is this threat more
evident than in the creation of a national, government operated vaccine
tracking registry system that will tag all American citizens with a national ID
number at birth and track their movements throughout life for the express
purpose of enforcing vaccination with all government-endorsed vaccines. It was
the desire by government health officials to enforce citizen compliance with
mandatory vaccination laws that first created the need for a National ID number
and the national electronic medical records database promoted by the Clinton
Administration in 1993.
An Abuse of Police
And yet, even the most
zealous interpretation of Jacobsen v. Massachusetts can come to the
conclusion that this invasion of privacy and threat to individual liberty
constitutes an abuse of the police powers originally assigned to public health
officials by state legislatures to protect the public from smallpox epidemics.
Today, public health officials are using Jacobsen v. Massachusetts to
force vaccination of all children with 33 doses of 10 viral and bacterial
vaccines by age five for childhood diseases as benign as chicken pox and
diarrhea, and for hard-to-catch adult diseases transmitted through contaminated
blood like hepatitis B. Waiting in the wings are several hundred new vaccines
being created in government and drug company labs using live viruses and
genetically engineered bacteria often grown on human or animal cell tissue
cultures to theoretically prevent everything from ear infections, stomach
ulcers and the common cold to herpes, gonorrhea, and HIV. Most, if not all, are
being slated by public health officials for future use by all children when
drug companies put them on the market.
As the use of multiple
vaccines to suppress all infectious diseases increases, so do the rates of
chronic illness such as asthma, learning disabilities, attention deficit
disorder, autism, juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue and
other autoimmune and neurological dysfunctions which have crippled many
children and young adults during the past few decades. The price this and
future generations will pay for unrestricted police powers wielded by
government health officials forcing vaccination in a vacuum of scientific
knowledge is as yet unknown, but landmark reports published in 1991 and 1994 by
the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences are revealing.
non-government, non-industry physician experts reviewed the medical literature
for evidence that vaccines can cause injury and death and confirmed that the
DTP (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis) vaccine can cause acute brain inflammation
and permanent brain damage that ranges from learning disorders to severe and
profound mental retardation; the DT (Diphtheria-Tetanus) vaccine can cause
Guillain-Barre syndrome, including death, as well as brachial neuritis; the
rubella vaccine can cause acute and chronic arthritis; the live oral polio
vaccine can give polio to the person being vaccinated or to someone who comes
into contact with that persons body fluids; and the MMR
(measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine can cause shock and death from measles vaccine
strain viral infection. But because there were so few scientific studies
investigating vaccine-induced immune and brain dysfunction in existence, the
Committee was not able to properly evaluate a long list of vaccine-associated
health problems, such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis, and concluded:
lack of adequate data regarding many of the [vaccine] adverse events under
study was of major concern
. The committee encountered many gaps and
limitations in knowledge bearing directly or indirectly on the safety of
vaccines. These include inadequate understanding of the biologic mechanisms
underlying adverse events following natural infection or immunization,
insufficient or inconsistent information from case reports and case series
inadequate size or length of follow-up of many population-based epidemologic studies
A Political Agenda
Although Congress passed
the Immunization Assistance Act in 1965, setting up categorical grant programs
to states to provide federal funds to purchase vaccines for public health
clinics and establish immunization programs, it was not until Dale Bumpers
became Governor of Arkansas in 1971 that the idea of using vaccination as a
political tool became fashionable. In 1973, he and his wife, Betty, enlisted
the help of the media and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and then called
out the Arkansas National Guard to vaccinate every child in Arkansas.
The national publicity
generated by that action helped to catapult Bumpers to the US Senate in 1974.
In 1976, when Jimmy Carter was elected President, it was Dale and Betty who
persuaded Jimmy and Rosalyn and HHS Secretary Joe Califano to map out a
nationwide campaign to enforce vaccination laws. Bumpers explained, "Betty
went over to see Rosalyn and talked to her about it and said You know, this is
something the President can do so that when he runs for reelection, he can say
the government did it. Because you know, the government was in such disrepute,
nobody thought the government could do anything."
Bumpers was successful in
doubling annual federal appropriations for vaccine programs from $14.5 million
to $33 million in 1978 and to $46 million in 1979, and by 1989 vaccine
appropriations hit $141 million. On June 14, 1999, President Clinton announced
the establishment of the Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center, with
$200 million in annual funding. Clinton said "Until an AIDS vaccine is
tested and approved, it will remain the primary mission of the Dale and Betty
Bumpers Vaccine Research Center
. I look forward to the day when I can come
back here...heralding another great vaccine achievement for mankind, the end of
In 1997, Clinton issued a
public challenge to government and industry scientists to put a vaccine for
AIDS on the market by 2007. That same year, a member of the CDCs Advisory
Committee on Immunization Practices, the federal committee that sets national
vaccine policy, publicly reminded government and industry HIV vaccine
developers to test the candidate AIDS vaccines in children because a future
AIDS vaccine will be targeted for use in all 12-year-old children.
A 1986 Law To
After national publicity in
1982 with the broadcast of the NBC-TV documentary DPT: Vaccine Roulette informing
the public about DPT vaccine risks, the vaccine manufacturers and physician
organizations lobbied Congress for legislation to protect them from vaccine
injury lawsuits. Parents of vaccine injured children, who co-founded the
National Vaccine Information Center, fought to protect the rights of families
and to insert vaccine safety provisions in the law such as mandatory reporting
and recording of vaccine reactions by physicians. Federal health officials
opposed the legislation to the very end, maintaining that vaccines have no
substantial risks and that those children who are injured or die following
vaccination are, in effect, genetically defective and would have died or been
disabled even if no vaccinations had been given.
In 1986, President Reagan
signed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act into law (PL99-660), giving
historic societal acknowledgement that vaccines can injure and kill individuals
and creating a federal vaccine injury compensation system. Since 1993, federal
health officials under Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary
Donna Shalala have moved to systematically gut the law and fight every claim
with the help of Department of Justice lawyers. Today, three out of four
vaccine injured children are turned away, and more than $1 billion sits idle in
the vaccine injury trust fund created by a small surcharge or "user fee"
charged to parents for each state mandated vaccine their children receive.
Therefore, since 1986 the
vaccine manufacturers and physicians administering vaccines have been absolved
of liability for their products and actions with regard to selling and
administering mandated vaccines to children. When the FDA licenses a new
vaccine, the drug company lobbies federal health officials at the CDC to issue
a recommendation for "universal use" of the new vaccine by all
children, and after that happens, state health officials add the new vaccine to
the list of mandated vaccines. The vaccine manufacturers have a stable,
predictable yearly market for their product and no product liability.
Robert Wood Johnson
Gets Involved in 1991
In 1991, the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation created ALL KIDS COUNT, a national program to set up
electronic vaccination registry and tracking systems to monitor and follow-up
pre-school children in order to enforce mass vaccination. Grants totaling $9
million were given to 20 cities to set up vaccine tracking systems. ALL KIDS
COUNT is headquartered at the Task Force for Child Survival and Development at
The Carter Center in Atlanta, from which former President Jimmy Carter works
with federal health officials to implement government public health initiatives
both here and abroad.
That same year, EVERY CHILD
BY TWO was co-founded by Betty Bumpers and former First Lady Rosalyn Carter.
EVERY CHILD BY TWO is a national campaign to set up mechanisms to vaccinate
children with all government-endorsed vaccines by age two and is funded in part
by grants from vaccine manufacturers Merck, Lederle, and Connaught.
1991 was also the year that
the CDC recommended that all newborns be given hepatitis B vaccine at birth
before they leave the newborn nursery, even though only about 21,000 cases of
hepatitis B were reported to the CDC in all age groups in 1990 and even though
hepatitis B is an adult disease spread through infected blood. Although
hepatitis B is primarily confined to adult high risk groups such as IV drug users
and persons with multiple sexual partners, by 1999 42 state health departments
had added three doses of hepatitis B vaccine to the mandatory vaccination list
for all children attending grade school and high school.
Between July 1, 1990 and
October 31, 1998, there were 24,775 reports of hepatitis B vaccine-related
adverse events reports to the government, including 9,673 serious adverse
events and 439 deaths. During the same time period, there was a total of 2,424
adverse event reports, with 1,209 serious events and 73 deaths in children
under age 14 who got hepatitis B vaccine alone without any other vaccines. This
means that one out of two case reports of health problems following hepatitis B
vaccination in children ends with a trip to a hospital emergency room, a
life-threatening condition, a hospitalization or permanent disability.
Administration, The National ID and Electronic Tracking Systems
Bill Clintons election in
November 1992 brought Donna Shalala, close friend of Hillary Clinton, to
Washington, D.C., as the nations new Secretary of Health and Human Services.
(Founded in 1973, the Childrens Defense Fund (CDF) was formerly chaired by
Hillary Clinton and then by Donna Shalala and is now headed by Marian Wright
Edelman. One of CDFs main goals is to register and monitor all children in a
national computerized vaccination tracking system.) Within weeks of taking
office in January 1993, Shalala announced "President Clintons
Hillary Clinton then moved
to play a key role in the Health Care Task Force to restructure US health care
with a plan to tag every citizen with a Unique Health Care Identifier Number
and to record and track everyones vaccination status and personal health information
from birth to death in a government-operated electronic database. Ira Magaziner
said that President Clinton wants to "create an integrated system with a
card that everyone will get at birth."
Although public opposition
to the Unique Health Care Identifier Number, National ID "smartcard"
and a medical records tracking system eventually scuttled Hillarys Health Care
Plan, on April 1, 1993, Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Don Riegle (D-MI) and
Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) introduced "The Comprehensive Child
Immunization Act." A key provision in this bill directed Secretary Shalala
to "establish a national system to track the immunization status of
children." Information obtained on citizens could be used by government
health officials and disclosed to other third parties without the consent of
the individual or parent or guardian. The price tag to set up the electronic
surveillance database, which would track citizens movements from state to
state, was $1.1 billion.
A coalition of privacy
advocates formed to oppose the vaccine tracking provisions, including the Free
Congress Foundation, Eagle Forum, Family Research Council, National Center for
Home Education, National Vaccine Information Center, American Civil Liberties
Union, Concerned Women for America, Traditional Values Coalition, Christian
Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the American Association
of Christian Schools.
By the Fall of 1993, strong
opposition from the Republicans, privacy advocates and the pharmaceutical industry
(which would be forced under the law to sell vaccines to the government at a
lower price so children could get free vaccines) forced modifications of the
bill. The national vaccine tracking system was eliminated, but language was
inserted authorizing $417 million in appropriations to HHS so Shalala could
work with state health officials to establish a national network of "state
registry systems to monitor the immunization status of all children." The
law which passed gave Shalala authority to award federal grants to states to
set up vaccine tracking systems and money to reward states between $50 and $100
per fully immunized child, with the dollar figure determined by the total
percentage of children fully vaccinated in the state.
The National (and International)
Vaccine Plan Takes Shape
In 1994, the Department of
Health and Human Services published The National Vaccine Plan, which is a
strategic plan for vaccinating every American child with all existing and
future government-recommended vaccines and for positioning the US mass
vaccination program within the context of a global mass vaccination program.
The Plan emphasizes that the US is a co-sponsor of the Childrens Vaccine
Initiative (CVI) launched at the World Summit for Children in 1990 in New York
City to vaccinate all the worlds children with existing and future vaccines
developed by drug companies. In addition to the vaccine manufacturers, funding
for CVI is provided by the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), the United
Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank
and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Social Security Numbers
On March 9, 1995, Shalala
published a notice in the Federal Register of the intent to establish a new
routine use of the Social Security number. This permits the Social Security
Administration to disclose the Social Security number of a newborn to state
health department officials for public health programs including, but not
limited to, establishing public immunization registries with the goal of
operating a national network of coordinated statewide immunization registries.
The new routine use of the Social Security number permits HHS to disclose
information about individuals without their consent if it is for the purpose of
administering a government public health program or for conducting medical
Teenager Is Jailed
For Failure to Show Proof of Vaccination
After a policeman pulled
him over for driving his mothers van with expired license plates, a Milwaukee
teenager was handcuffed, stripped and jailed overnight in April 1996 when
police discovered he had failed to show public school or county health
officials proof that he had gotten a second MMR shot. The busy mother of Jacob
Kallas had ignored repeated court orders to provide her sons school with proof
By 1996, parents were being
charged with child medical neglect for failing to vaccinate their children with
all government-recommended vaccines. Since 1982, six states have abolished philosophical
or personal belief exemption to vaccination, leaving only 15 states with this
right. All states still provide for medical exemption (which must be written by
an M.D. or D.O.), and all but two allow an exemption for sincerely held
However, in July 1999, CDC
officials mounted an assault to counter parent-led informed consent legislative
initiatives in Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts and other states in
the past few years. An article was published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association criticizing parents who claim philosophical or
religious exemptions to vaccination for their children as a potential disease
threat to other unvaccinated persons as well as to vaccinated persons for whom
the vaccines have failed to work. Attaching a new label to those who take
exemptions to vaccination ("exemptors"), the federal health officials
said "Persons who claim philosophical and/or religious exemptions may
create some risk to the community because unvaccinated or undervaccinated
persons may be a source of transmission
. Exemptors also pose a social equity
Addressing the issue of
religious exemption to vaccination, CDC officials suggest that more stringent
screening standards for proving the quality and sincerity of religious beliefs
must be applied when government officials review a religious exemption to
vaccination for acceptability.
states require an unequivocal statement from a religious leader that
immunization conflicts with the persons religious belief. This type of
requirement for an exemption essentially assesses the strength of conviction of
the individual applying for an exemption, similar to Selective Service boards
assessing exemptions from the military draft. Other states grant exemption
based on a form signed by parents, indicating that immunizations are against
the individuals personal belief. In these states, efforts may not be made to
assess strength of conviction.
They conclude by signaling
that government health officials will be taking an even more aggressive and
intrusive approach to forcing vaccination in the future, employing
"interventions" to persuade exemptors to become vaccinators.
determined that exemptors are a risk factor for contracting a VPD (Vaccine
Preventible Disease), it is important to discover the underlying reasons why
individuals are claiming exemptions. Interventions should be developed and
implemented to counter misunderstanding of the relative risks and benefits of
immunization at both the individual and societal level.
The Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (PL 104-191)
The Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, also known as the
Kennedy-Kassebaum bill, further reinforced the government-operated electronic
surveillance and tracking mechanism for monitoring every Americans medical
records, using vaccination as the vehicle. Uniform electronic data element,
collection and exchange standards were adopted. HIPAA also resurrected the
Unique Health Care Identifier Number. Officials operating the National
Immunization Program and HHS were pleased with HIPAA and stated:
should support the ability of health care workers and public health
officials to access appropriately specific and precise health data."
- "A current recommendation is for the first dose of
hepatitis B vaccine to be given at birth. To record this first
vaccination, when it is given in the hospital nursery and to support its
ultimate linkage with the immunization registry, either the New Unique Health
Care Identifier would have to be assigned expeditiously within a few hours
of a request, or a temporary ID number that would ultimately link to the
definitive identifier would be needed."
- "We see entries in the immunization registries as
a small part of what could ultimately develop into more comprehensive
clinical and preventive databases."
- "State laws intended to ensure privacy have
presented barriers to immunization registries in some areas. Preemptive
federal legislation is needed to ensure appropriate privacy while allowing
participation in registries that protect the public by reducing disease.
It is not clear that signed consent by the patient is necessary
Shalala Will Decide
Privacy Rights If Congress Does Not Meet Deadline
HIPAA provided that, if
Congress does not enact legislation to create standards to protect individually
identifiable health information in medical records by August 21, 1999, then the
Secretary of HHS is required to establish rules governing how much information
the government and other third parties can get out of private medical records
by February 21, 2000. Currently, there are four medical privacy bills in the
House and Senate, including the Health Care Personal Information Nondisclosure
Act of 1999 (S.578-Senators Jeffords/Dodd); the Medical Information Protection
Act of 1999 (S.881-Senator Bob Bennett) and the Medical Information Privacy and
Security Act (S.573/H.R. 1057-Leahy/Kennedy).
All of these medical
"privacy" bills allow extensive exemptions for unrestricted access
and use of personal medical information in an individuals medical records by
anyone who invokes a right to access and use this information in the name of
the public health including government officials, researchers and law enforcement
officers. Citizens can be enrolled without their informed consent as research
subjects in medical experiments if researchers make the case that the study
will contribute to the public health.
This means that, without
the individuals informed consent, researchers working with government,
industry and private physicians will be allowed unrestricted access to personal
medical records for the purpose of enrolling unsuspecting patients in medical
research experiments. Scientific researchers of the future could experiment on
citizens with new drugs and vaccines. The elderly will not know whether the
nursing home doctor urging the use of a new antidepressant or the family
pediatrician recommending to a mother that her infant get 15 vaccines in one
day, is making that recommendation because it is in the best interest of the
individual or because the doctor has enrolled his patients in a
government-endorsed medical experiment.
The government push for a
national ID and national electronic medical records database originated with
the desire by government and industry to find an institutional mechanism to
enforce mandatory vaccination. The linking of state vaccine tracking registries
to a national medical records database operated by government can be used not
just to enforce vaccination but also to limit health care choices and impose
economic and other sanctions on those who do not conform to any government
Children are already being
denied an education and being turned down for health insurance by HMOs for
failing to be vaccinated with all government recommended vaccines. Vaccination
status is being linked to government entitlement programs, and there have been
suggestions by legislators at both the state and federal levels to make the obtaining
of a child tax deduction dependent upon compliance with vaccination laws.
Being tagged and tracked in
a government-operated electronic surveillance database could lead to severe
economic and other government-sanctioned punishments at the hands of health
officials assigned police powers to "protect the public health."
Citizens who do not, for example, comply with government mandates to use an
AIDS vaccine when it is brought to market in the future could effectively be
prevented from functioning in society by being denied an education, health
insurance, a drivers license, employment or even admission to a hospital,
hotel or airplane.
The erosion of medical
freedom, privacy and the right to self determination under the guise of
protecting the public health is a threat to individual liberty and the very
foundation of freedom as we have known it since the Constitution was ratified
in 1787 and amended by the Bill of Rights in 1791. A de facto medical
dictatorship, which has been set up by government health officials using police
powers assigned by state legislatures, affirmed by the Supreme Court in Jacobsen
v Massachusetts, fueled by federal funds, and aided by politicians eager to
control the people "for the greater good," is destroying the most
sacred of all individual freedoms: the human right to choose what one is
willing to die for or, in the case of a parent, what one is willing to risk a
childs life for.
If the state can tag, track
down and force citizens against their will to be injected with biologicals of
unknown toxicity today, then there will be no limit on what individual freedoms
the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow. It is time
for Americans to call a halt to the immoral use of utilitarianism by government
officials to justify and enforce public policy and to reclaim our right to
freely and privately choose the kind of health care we want for ourselves and
Barbara Loe Fisher is
co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit
educational organization in Vienna, VA founded in 1982. For more information,
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