Michigan Bills Would Make It More Difficult To Enact Mandatory Vaccinations

LANSING, Mich. (Oct. 30, 2017) – Two Michigan House bills would add impediments making it more difficult for state-level officials to enact coercive vaccination mandates, and would set the stage to nullifying in practice federal programs designed to facilitate vaccinations.

House Bill 5162 (HB5162) was introduced by Rep. Steven Johnson (R-Wayland) and House Bill 5163 (HB5163) was introduced by Rep. John Reilly (R-Oakland). The legislation would remove power from unelected bureaucrats to impose more stringent rules regarding vaccinations. Under these bills, the state legislature would have sole discretion to setting these rules.

“As chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, I often see state departments proposing rules that attempt to go beyond the scope of what the legislature originally intended,” Johnson said in a press release. “This is not simply because we have an out-of-control bureaucracy, but also because the legislature has given this power to the departments in the first place. These bills would ensure people would be able to hold their elected officials accountable for changes to vaccine practices instead of unelected bureaucrats.”

HB5162 would ban the state department of health and human services from changing any rules regarding:

(a) Age periods for immunizations.
(b) The minimum ages at which immunization may be commenced.
(c) The minimum number of doses required during a specified time period.

HB5163 would reassign additional rule-making power to the state department of health and human services from the director of community health. With the state legislature exerting control over the department of health and human services, the lawmakers hope that these complementary bills will be enough to prevent any regulatory overreach regarding vaccines from occurring.

“It should require the highest evidentiary standard and an undeniably compelling public interest for any medicine to be forced upon the public by law,” Reilly said. “Such an extraordinary decision should be made by the people’s elected representatives, not unaccountable bureaucrats.”

FEDERAL THREAT

With the Centers for Disease Control openly colluding with pharmaceutical companies to push vaccines throughout the country, parental choice has come under attack like never before. California has already instituted new rules that tear away at parents’ rights to make decisions for their children’s medical needs, and proponents want to extend similar policies across the country.

With many health concerns related to these vaccines – including the presence of the mercury-containing preservative, Thimerosal – it has become a necessity for states to take action to preserve medical freedom for parents.

These Michigan bills would put the state in a position to push back against any future federal rules relating to vaccinations. It would prevent bureaucratic agencies from simply adopting federal mandates and give the legislature veto power. Theoretically, the legislature could vote to simply ignore federal rules and regulations, nullifying them in effect.

As it stands, bureaucratic agencies can often work behind the scenes to adopt federal policy without any public or legislative input at all. The departments act, in practice, like a part of the federal government. These bills would would put the decision making power in the hands of elected legislators.

The feds have aggressively advanced narratives regarding immunizations and their safety. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) downplays concerns regarding the use of thimerosal, a preservative containing mercury. They even admit on their own website that mercury is still being used to preserve certain vaccines:

Thimerosal, which is approximately 50% mercury by weight, has been one of the most widely used preservatives in vaccines… While the use of mercury-containing preservatives has declined in recent years with the development of new products formulated with alternative or no preservatives, thimerosal has been used in some immune globulin preparations, anti-venins, skin test antigens, and ophthalmic and nasal products, in addition to certain vaccines.

As the FDA downplays the concerns related to thimerosal and mercury in vaccines, whistle-blowers are singing a different tune. The National Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit watchdog organization, reports that the threat is still alarming – especially pertaining to infants:

Most infants are still routinely given Thimerosal-containing influenza vaccine even though there are Thimerosal-free and vaccines with trace amounts of Thimerosal. Infants receiving a Thimerosal-containing influenza vaccine are dosed at 6 months with 12.5 mcg of ethyl mercury and at 7 months with an additional 12.5 mcg. Adult Thimerosal-containing vaccines contain roughly 25mcg.

The CDC aids the FDA in promulgating their point of view. Although the CDC attempts to maintain a veneer of independence and credibility, there are facts showing that narrative to be false. The CDC Foundation boasts that it helps the CDC “do more, faster.” It is able to do this because the CDC Foundation receives annual funding from a host of corporations including Pharmaceutical giants Merck, Roche, and Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

In turn for the contributions, the CDC gives recommendations that fall in line with the agenda of those who fund them. For instance, the help section of their website minimizes the impact of mercury in vaccines. It implores people that thimerosal is proper for injection because it contains the safe kind of mercury. The CDC claims the following:

Mercury is a naturally occurring element found in the earth’s crust, air, soil, and water. Two types of mercury to which people may be exposed — methylmercury and ethylmercury — are very different.

Methylmercury is the type of mercury found in certain kinds of fish. At high exposure levels methylmercury can be toxic to people. In the United States, federal guidelines keep as much methylmercury as possible out of the environment and food, but over a lifetime, everyone is exposed to some methylmercury.

Thimerosal contains ethylmercury, which is cleared from the human body more quickly than methylmercury, and is therefore less likely to cause any harm.

If accepted by enough Americans, this “good mercury” talking point that is driven by CDC and their Big Pharma foundation donors could easily lead to mandatory vaccinations being adopted.

HB5162 and HB5163 are good first steps toward making sure that parents, rather than bureaucrats and lobbyists, have the final say in what goes into their children’s bodies.

NEXT UP

HB5162 and HB5163 will need to pass the House Oversight Committee before they can proceed and receive a full House vote.

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