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New York Becomes 5th State to Ban Religious Exemptions
Last week, New York legislators voted to eliminate religious exemptions for vaccines. Assembly Bill A2371A was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo just hours later. The new law was passed less than three weeks after Maine became the fifth U.S. state to ban religious exemptions for vaccination.
Measles: Frightening Epidemic or Fabricated Editorial?
Like many before him, Governor Cuomo cited concern for a rise in measles cases as the primary reason for prohibiting religious and personal exemptions. He said,
While I understand and respect freedom of religion, our first job is to protect the public health and by signing this measure into law, we will help prevent further transmissions and stop this outbreak right in its tracks.”
But the “outbreak” seems to consist more of media sensationalism and government fear mongering than actual severe health risks. At the time the bill was signed, there were 1,044 reported cases of measles in the U.S. – and no fatalities. Just last year, more than twice that number (2,167) died due to constipation. And while complications arising from measles can be serious, they don’t come close to a national crisis.
Certainly not one that requires the stripping of our freedom.
The risk of serious complications from measles in the developed world are paltry. Over the past 20 years you are more likely to die or suffer life-threatening complications due to the measles vaccine than you are from measles in the U.S.
But that hasn’t stopped power-hungry politicians and a myth-peddling media from villainizing anyone who opposes them. New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, who co-sponsored the bill, was abundantly clear regarding his opinion of those with whom he disagrees:
The atrocious peddlers of junk science and fraudulent medicine who we know as anti-vaxxers have spent years sowing unwarranted doubt and fear, but it is time for legislators to confront them head-on.”
The Truth About Religious Freedom
Hoylman is also Jewish, which is noteworthy because a high concentration of New York’s measles cases have been reported in orthodox Jewish communities. In fact, some of these communities have been targeted for oppressive, tyrannical persecution. Just a few months ago, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency, forcing families in select zip codes of Rockland County to vaccinate their children or pay fines up to $1,000.
“It was time to take a more muscular approach. The faster everyone heeds the order, the faster we can lift it,” said de Blasio.
Authoritarian mandates like this have been common in New York, and although many have been deemed unlawful in court, the new legislation will make it much harder for parents to exercise any choice when it comes to the health and safety of their children. Even the right to interpret religious text seems to be in the hands of our politicians.
“I’m not aware of anything in the Torah, the Bible, the Koran or anything else that suggests you should not get vaccinated,” said Bronx Democrat Jeffrey Dinowitz, who co-sponsored the bill. And though Dinowitz is not a religious scholar of any sort, he seems perfectly content to interpret sacred texts followed by over half the global population.
Many have quoted an article titled “What the world’s religions teach, applied to vaccines and immune globulins,” which determined that people of all religions should receive vaccines.
But its author, John Grabenstein, was a researcher for vaccine manufacturer Merck and currently serves as Executive Director of Global Health & Medical Affairs for Merck’s vaccine division.
Merck generated $1.8 billion in revenue last year from the MMR vaccine.
Infants Face Forced Vaccinations
And the reach of these pharmaceutical behemoths is massive. Even Rockland County’s own representatives have betrayed them. Assembly member Kenneth Zebrowski, who represents Rockland County, supported the bill that would effectively strip away medical freedom from his constituents. But Assembly member Zebrowski took it one step further.
Despite warnings that children should not receive their first dose of the MMR vaccine until 12-15 months of age, Zebrowski injected his daughter with the vaccine at only 6 months old! Crippled by fear and a pressure to conform with his democratic peers in the political arena, he willingly put his infant daughter in harm’s way.
“We had to get our kids over-vaccinated because of this epidemic. I’m not particularly thrilled,” Zebrowski said.
I wouldn’t allow someone to inject my child with any dangerous vaccine at 6 months old or at any age. And to be clear, the MMR vaccine IS DANGEROUS. Side effects of the vaccine listed by the manufacturer include anaphylaxis, pneumonia, pancreatitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, meningitis, measles, and death.
This is only the first step. We’ve seen in California how doctors are being persecuted for granting medical exemptions. Politicians with pompous ambitions want to take medical decisions away from doctors and put them into the hands of bureaucrats. Behind the scenes, companies like Merck are orchestrating it all.
The legislation in New York passed the Assembly with only one vote to spare. If the state’s citizens were more aware and engaged with their representatives, they might still have a choice regarding their children’s health.