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How much is a child’s life worth?

California lawmakers need to understand real cost of SB 276

 

In 1986, Congress accepted as fact and wrote into federal law the inevitability of vaccine-inflicted injuries and deaths.
According to the 2011 opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) had two purposes: 1) to stabilize the vaccine market (which was reeling due to a “massive increase in vaccine-related tort litigation”); and, 2) to facilitate compensation for victims of the vaccines themselves.
“Every California lawmaker better make sure they know all about this,” said Conscience Coalition Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood. “Or, the proponents of Senate Bill (SB) 276—who aren’t telling anyone about it—are going to run them into a sharp buzzsaw that will damage their legacy.”
While proponents of Senate Bill 276 repeat the “safe and effective” dogma, federal law recognizes vaccine-inflicted injuries and deaths as a given. The NCVIA created a vaccine injury compensation program and, according to the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court, fast adjudication of claims “is made possible by the Act’s Vaccine Injury Table, which lists the vaccines covered under the Act; describes each vaccine’s compensable, adverse side effects; and indicates how soon after vaccination those side effects should first manifest themselves.”
Further, the opinion goes on to state, “Successful claimants receive compensation for medical, rehabilitation, counseling, special education, and vocational training expenses; diminished earning capacity; pain and suffering; and $250,000 for vaccine-related deaths.”
California lawmakers—who are being told to vote “yes” on SB 276 by their leadership and big special interest fundraisers and donors—should read that part again. “Successful claimants receive compensation for medical, rehabilitation, counseling, special education, and vocational training expenses; diminished earning capacity; pain and suffering; and $250,000 for vaccine-related deaths.”
They should then ask themselves if they’re willing to vote “yes” on a bill that will effectively eliminate medical exemptions from mandatory vaccines in California. If SB 276 passes into law, it will undoubtedly result in more vaccine-inflicted injuries and deaths.
“California lawmakers have to be asked some very tough questions,” added Lockwood. “How much is a child’s life worth to you? (The federal government apparently assigned a value of $250,000—which we believe is far too low.) Is it worth more than your $100,000 special interest fundraisers and donors? And are you willing to sacrifice children’s lives to keep your leadership happy?”
Conscience Coalition has been educating citizens and their elected representatives, as well as training activists on ways to increase public awareness about the grave dangers of SB 276.
“We are fighting to protect the doctor-patient relationship, the Hippocratic Oath and informed consent. The battle over SB 276 is a human rights issue,” Lockwood added. “Lawmakers have to decide whether they want to be on the right—or wrong—side of history.”

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