Thank you for each call and email this week, we are in the home stretch! Don't give up now.
Oppose SB 83, SB 714, SB 747 (Sen. Yen)- All three of these bills infringe upon parental rights.
SB 83- Removes the personal and religious vaccine exemptions for daycare and school.
SB 714- Requires that all midwifes in Oklahoma also be RN's
SB 747- Makes out of hospital VBAC's, twin births, and breech births illegal.
Status- Assigned to the Health Committee and expected to be heard Monday 2/27 at 2:00 PM in room 535
Action- Call and email the following legislators and ask them to oppose SB 83, SB 714, and SB 747. You may use the following talking points that follow the emails. Join us Monday for the meeting.
During your call say " I am calling to ask that Senator ________________ Please oppose SB 83, SB 714, and SB 747 as all of these bills remove parental rightd. It will be heard Monday in the Health committee. Thank you!"
Please copy and paste the following block of emails in the 'cc' field of your email. Write 'Please oppose SB 83, SB 714, and SB 747' into the subject line. Keep the email short and sweet and feel free to use the following talking points.
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Oklahoma’s exemption rates are already low - According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Kindergarten Immunization Survey for 2014-15 the exemption rate is only 1.5%.
“Exemption Rates” and “Vaccination Rates” require context and understanding - It’s a mistake to use the term “exempt” and “unvaccinated” interchangeably. 1.5% simply means “didn’t receive 42 out of 42 doses required for entrance into school. Even opting out of one vaccine, such as chicken pox, puts you in the “exempt” category
Medical exemptions are difficult to obtain - SB 83 would abolish personal exemptions that Oklahoma has held dear for decades. Medical exemptions only account for .13% of all exemptions. They are the least used and hardest to obtain.
The immunocompromised won’t benefit - Without including the vaccination and exemption rates of teachers, administrators, and any other adults in the school setting, how can this data possibly be used by parents of a child with immune challenges? Additionally, there are currently no vaccines available for the vast majority of infectious diseases in our communities.
Parents need to trust, not distrust, the system - Vaccine makers have had no liability for injuries or death due to vaccines since 1986. Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA), NO manufacturer of vaccines can be held liable, therefore we ask, “Who will be responsible?”
What about outbreaks? - In a recent Oklahoma mumps outbreak, most of the affected were vaccinated. Only 5% were documented as unvaccinated for mumps. See report at tinyurl.com/okmumpsreport
Why do parents opt out? - The vaccine schedule has increased so dramatically since the signing of the NCVIA in 1986 and some parents are not comfortable with so many, so soon. Additionally, children with a family history of allergic reactions and autoimmune disease are at higher risk for adverse reactions. However, these do not qualify a child for a medical exemption. There are currently no screening tests given to patients prior to receiving vaccinations to ensure they do not suffer any of the known detrimental side effects.
Where there is risk, there must be choice - According to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), there have been over 100 deaths from the MMR vaccine, but CDC data shows ZERO deaths from measles, mumps, or rubella in the U.S. in the past 15 years. Over 8,000 vaccine adverse events have been reported in Oklahoma alone and the CDC openly admits that less than 10% of vaccine injuries and adverse events are even reported to VAERS. This completely debunks Senator Yen’s “one in a million” injury claim.
SB 714 would drastically reduce families’ access to out of hospital birth in Oklahoma by effectively prohibiting all non-nurse midwives from practicing midwifery in the state. This would reduce the number of midwives offering birth center and home births by almost 90%, thereby leaving countless families without access to midwifery care. The majority of non-nurse midwives in Oklahoma hold the nationally recognized Certified Professional Midwifery (CPM) credential. CPMs have been practicing midwifery safely in Oklahoma since the early 90’s.