NH Coalition for Vaccination Choice
Working to give New Hampshire citizens a
Pro-Choice Vaccination Initiative
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Welcome to VacChoiceNH:
The NH Coalition for Vaccination Choice
We are an alliance of parents, professionals, organizations, and individuals desiring to create a conscientious belief exemption for vaccinations in the state of New Hampshire. Although our individual positions regarding vaccination may differ, we come together for the common cause of the right to choose what form of medical intervention our children receive. This is a matter of informed consent, which is a crucial element of the foundation upon which ethical medical practice rests. This is a basic tenet of health freedom.
Currently, there are 19 states that offer their citizens a conscientious belief/philosophic type exemption, which translates to more than 50% of the US population. We pride ourselves here in NH on our many liberties, however, affording our citizens with the right to choose with regard to mandatory vaccination is not one of those liberties. Creating a conscientious belief exemption will give our citizens the right to choose whether or not to receive mandated vaccinations. Compulsory vaccination laws that do not provide for these types of exemptions are, in essence, mandating the government’s ‘right’ to ‘own’ an individual’s body.
Presently, New Hampshire has both a medical and religious exemption to compulsory vaccinations. The following are the definitions recognized by our state, and the requirements to obtain such exemptions:
To receive an exemption of immunization for medical reasons, the parent or legal guardian of the child must acquire written documentation from a licensed physician or authorized health care provider that certifies that immunization against a particular disease may be detrimental to the child's health. The exemption shall exist only for the length of time, in the opinion of the physician; such immunization would be detrimental to the child. An exemption from immunization for one disease shall not affect other required immunizations.
Religious exemptions can be granted when a parent or legal guardian objects to immunization because of religious beliefs. The parent or legal guardian shall sign a notarized form stating that the child has not been immunized because of religious beliefs.
Nowhere in either of the above exemptions is parental choice or informed consent mentioned. A conscientious belief exemption by definition would allow parents to be released from the requirement of compulsory vaccination based on their personal beliefs, concepts, attitudes, logic, ethics, metaphysics and epistemology. A legislated conscientious belief exemption would provide a rightful means for an individual to accept, decline or abstain from medical mandates. It is a guarantee that no government sanctioned paradigm or system of beliefs will retain absolute authority over an individual’s freedom of choice.
The time has come for the citizenry of New Hampshire to come together and solidify our right to make our own decisions regarding the health and welfare of our bodies and those of our children. If you are interested in helping to support and/or promote a legislated conscientious belief exemption for the state of New Hampshire, we welcome all levels of participation. This includes individuals that have only 5 minutes to send an e-mail or to make a phone call to their legislator or those able to invest hours to this cause. Your support in this effort is crucial. Please join our mailing list by sending an e-mail to: VacChoiceNH@gmail.com.
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