Recent hearings in California on SB277 -- a bill to mandate vaccines and eliminate exemptions for children attending public and private schools, day care, etc. -- have been eye-opening for me. I am appalled by what I have heard and seen during legislative hearings where inaccurate information is presented by those in support of vaccine mandates and testimonies of concerned parents, vaccine choice advocates and the vaccine injured community are ignored.
Our right to refuse vaccines for personal and religious beliefs in the U.S. is under attack at the state and federal level. Defining the word "religion" is difficult; and many laypeople and government officials, don't understand that a deeply held religious belief -- as difficult as it might be to explain -- has to do with a person's relationship with their God and not necessarily the church where they worship or a denomination to which they might belong. In addition, for many of us, a deeply held religious belief is so closely intertwined with our personal, philosophical and moral beliefs, that it can not be separated.
Many catholics, christians and non-christians who are opposed to abortion, often do not know that several vaccines are made using aborted fetal cell lines; and that vaccine ingredients include DNA from aborted fetal cells along with other toxic substances. In addition to the moral implications, adverse health effects including autism are linked to aborted fetal cell vaccines. Learn more here and here.
As shared in my post U.S. National Adult Immunization Plan, the push for adult vaccines in on; including vaccine recommendations for pregnant women. A document worth reading, especially if you or someone you know is pregnant or planning to be, is The National Vaccine Advisory Committee: Reducing Patient and Provider Barriers to Maternal Immunizations which was approved by the National Vaccine Advisory Committee on June 11, 2014. At this point, these are just "recommendations" but as you will see this document strongly recommends administering influenza and pertussis vaccines to pregnant women. Not only are infants being injected with the Hepatitis B shot within hours of birth; the pressure is on to inject them in the womb.
Before you read further, take a minute to view the following video. The person speaking is CDC Whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson.
This post has been in my heart and on my mind since returning from my recent retreat at St. Mary by the Sea in Cape May Point, NJ; so it's time to put it down on paper.
As I mention in my July 17th post, VCPC members and ministry were on my mind during my retreat week, as they have been since I got that little "nudge" from above. As the week progressed, I was thinking that the vaccine issue is a pro-life issue. After learning more about the use of aborted fetal cells in vaccine production and reading the pontifical letter on vaccines (see below), I new that it was a pro-life matter with regard to abortion; but I couldn't stop thinking about the babies, children and adults that are harmed by vaccines and those who have died following vaccines.
While doing a little research my last night at St. Mary's, I discovered the website, Children of God for Life and realized that the founder of COG was the very same woman, Debi Vinnedge, who's name I recognized from the pontifical letter that I had discovered a few weeks earlier. As I listened to Debi's video and read the material on the COG website -- which I highly recommend -- I kept thinking about vaccines and pro-life and how the vaccine issue warrants the same passion and prayer that the pro-life movement demonstrates against abortion.
I went to sleep that night, July 21st, with those thoughts in my head, asking God for guidance.