THE NATIONAL ELECTRONIC VACCINE TRACKING REGISTRY
How The Plan To Force Vaccination Gave Birth
To The National ID, A Government Health Records Database, and the
End of Medical Privacy
BY BARBARA LOE FISHER
Immunization laws in the US are not federal, but state mandates.
The authority of U.S. states to promulgate regulations which protect
the public health and safety is well established, having historical
roots in health regulations created in the colonial states during
the 18th century. A seminal Supreme Court decision in 1905, Jacobsen
v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905), affirmed the authority of
state legislatures to assign "police powers" to health
officials to enact quarantines and enforce mandatory vaccination
laws to prevent epidemics. Although the historic and legal precedent
for state authority to enact and enforce mandatory vaccination laws
is clear, it is not without legal limitations and ethical imperatives.
State public health
laws in the U.S. can be traced back to the 18th and 19th centuries
when unpredictable epidemics of highly contagious, dangerous diseases
such as yellow fever, typhoid fever and smallpox would sweep through
crowded, unsanitary port cities after diseased immigrants would
disembark from boats and infect the community. Eventually volunteer
citizen committees formed to quarantine the boats entering the harbors
for weeks until those disembarking were certified "disease-free."
At the turn of the century, after doctors had taken over these volunteer
citizen committees and funding from taxes supported the beginnings
of a state and national public health infrastructure, the first
state vaccination laws were enacted by legislatures at the urging
of physician public health officials. Soon the idea of quarantining
those with infection during epidemics extended to those who were
not vaccinated, such as excluding unvaccinated children from school
during smallpox epidemics.
The Supreme Court Speaks in 1905
In 1905, a man named Jacobsen and his son sued the state of Massachusetts
for requiring them to get a second smallpox vaccination or pay a
$55 fine. Jacobsen refused to get re-vaccinated or pay the fine,
claiming he and his son had had a bad reaction to a previous smallpox
vaccination and were afraid they would be injured or die by a second
one. Jacobsen maintained that forcing him to be revaccinated was
"an assault upon his person" and violated his Constitutional
The Supreme Court
rejected the evidence Jacobsen presented to show that the smallpox
vaccination can cause injury and death and that doctors cannot distinguish
between those who will be harmed and those who won't be harmed by
the vaccination. The Court concluded "The matured opinions
of medical men everywhere, and the experience of mankind, as all
must know, negate the suggestion that it is not possible in any
case to determine whether vaccination is safe."
The fact that the
nine Supreme Court justices at the turn of the century did not have
accurate medical information upon which to base their precedent-setting
decision is as understandable as it is unfortunate. It has been
proven in the succeeding 94 years, most recently in the U.S. Claims
Court in Washington, D.C., where more than 1 billion dollars has
been awarded to some 1,000 American families whose children have
died or been injured from the adverse effects of childhood vaccines,
that often doctors cannot predict ahead of time which children will
react to vaccines and die or be left with mental retardation, medication-resistant
seizure disorders, learning disabilities, chronic arthritis, paralysis
or other immune deficiencies and brain damage.
Between 12,000 and
14,000 reports of hospitalizations, injuries and deaths following
vaccination are made to the government's Vaccine Adverse Events
Reporting System (VAERS) every year, yet it is estimated that fewer
than one percent of all doctors report serious health problems which
occur following drug or vaccine administration. The fact that genetic
and other as yet unidentified biological factors can place some
individuals at higher risk for vaccine-induced injury and death
calls into question the constitutionality of a one-size-fits-all
forced vaccination policy that does not take into account individual
This is a critical
point in measuring the consequences of assigning police powers to
public health officials for the purpose of enforcing vaccination,
particularly in cases where parents suspect their children are at
increased risk for reacting to vaccines even though health officials,
anxious to achieve a 100 percent vaccination rate, disagree. In
their opinion, the 1905 Supreme Court justices acknowledged that
vaccination must not be forced on a person whose physical condition
would make vaccination "cruel and inhuman to the last degree.
We are not to be understood as holding that the statute was intended
to be applied in such a case or, if it was so intended, that the
judiciary would not be competent to interfere and protect the health
and life of the individual concerned."
Therefore, when interpreting
Jacobsen v. Massachusetts in 1999 it is important to remember that,
although the Court stated that states may enact "such reasonable
regulations established directly by legislative enactment as will
protect the public health and the public safety," the Court
also made it clear that mandatory vaccination laws must not be applied
unreasonably so as to result in harm to individuals. When public
health officials in 1999 make the argument for government-forced
vaccination, they often omit mention of this signal by the US Supreme
Court that the state does not have the right to command that an
individual sacrifice his or her life in the name of the public health.
What, then, did the
1905 Supreme Court mean when it went on to declare that "it
was the duty of constituted authorities primarily to keep in view
the welfare, comfort and safety of the many, and not permit the
interests of the many to be subordinated to the wishes or convenience
of the few"? The "wishes or convenience" of the few
certainly does not translate into the "lives" of the few,
but, nevertheless, the historical context in which this declaration
was made is extremely important.
and Sacrifice of Individuals
In 1905, the political doctrine known as "utilitarianism"
was a popular philosophical tenet which had been developed by a
19th century British philosopher and science devotee, Jeremy Bentham.
A consequentialist theory, utilitarianism judges the rightness or
wrongness of an action by its consequences and holds that an action
that is moral or ethical results in the greatest happiness for the
greatest number of people. With its emphasis on numbers of people,
Bentham created utilitarianism primarily as a guide to state legislative
policy. Karl Marx used utilitarian principles to formulate his economic
theories, while modern cost benefit analyses are also descendents
In 1927, the renowned American jurist Oliver Wendall Holmes embraced
the utilitarian rationale when he used Jacobsen v. Massachusetts
to justify the forced sterilization of a mentally retarded woman
to, in effect, protect the public welfare. Writing for the majority
in a 8-1 Supreme Court decision, Buck v. Bell, 274 U.S. 200 (1927),
Holmes said "The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination
is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes."
after, Hitler would embrace the same kind of rationalization used
by Holmes in that stunning 1927 legal opinion and go on to pursue
his own brand of social engineering to eliminate from society those
individuals deemed by the Third Reich to be genetically defective
or inferior. At the Doctor's Trial at Nuremberg after World War
II, physicians employed by the German state forwarded a utilitarian
defense to justify euthanasia of the mentally and physically handicapped
and the conducting of medical experiments on individuals without
their informed consent. They maintained that the sacrifice of some
individuals would improve or save the lives of many. It was at the
Nuremberg Trial in 1947 that the full measure of the tragic moral
failure of utilitarianism was finally revealed.
The statements made by the Supreme Court in 1905 must be viewed
in their historical context to be interpreted reasonably and judiciously
in 1999. What is undeniable is
that Jacobsen v Massachusetts, which confirmed the right of state
legislatures to assign police powers to physicians employed by the
state, has been used by state and federal health officials to build
a powerful and massive public health infrastructure in the US during
this century. This public health infrastructure and operation of
the mass vaccination system within it is fueled by billions of tax
dollars as well as funding by a pharmaceutical industry eager to
capitalize on government-forced purchase of its vaccines by all
Operating as an independent
executive authority with funding from, but little oversight by,
the legislative branches of government, this
public health empire created by government health officials has
seen its most dramatic growth in the last 25 years. Its power over
and reach into the life of every American now threatens our privacy,
our liberty and the biological integrity of our children and grandchildren.
is this threat more evident than in the creation of a national,
government operated vaccine tracking registry system that will tag
all American citizens with a national ID number at birth and track
their movements throughout life for the express purpose of enforcing
vaccination with all government-endorsed vaccines. It was the desire
by government health officials to enforce citizen compliance with
mandatory vaccination laws that first created the need for a National
ID number and the national electronic medical records database promoted
by the Clinton Administration in 1993.
An Abuse of
And yet, even the most zealous interpretation of Jacobsen v. Massachusetts
can come to the conclusion that this invasion of privacy and threat
to individual liberty constitutes an abuse of the police powers
originally assigned to public health officials by state legislatures
to protect the public from smallpox epidemics. Today, public health
officials are using Jacobsen v. Massachusetts to force vaccination
of all children with 33 doses of 10 viral and bacterial vaccines
by age five for childhood diseases as benign as chicken pox and
diarrhea, and for hard-to-catch adult diseases transmitted through
contaminated blood like hepatitis B. Waiting in the wings are several
hundred new vaccines being created in government and drug company
labs using live viruses and genetically engineered bacteria often
grown on human or animal cell tissue cultures to theoretically prevent
everything from ear infections, stomach ulcers and the common cold
to herpes, gonorrhea, and HIV. Most, if not all, are being slated
by public health officials for future use by all children when drug
companies put them on the market.
the use of multiple vaccines to suppress all infectious diseases
increases, so do the rates of chronic illness such as asthma, learning
disabilities, attention deficit disorder, autism, juvenile diabetes,
multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue and other autoimmune and neurological
dysfunctions which have crippled many children and young adults
during the past few decades. The price this and
future generations will pay for unrestricted police powers wielded
by government health officials forcing vaccination in a vacuum of
scientific knowledge is as yet unknown, but landmark reports published
in 1991 and 1994 by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy
of Sciences are revealing.
Committees of non-government, non-industry physician experts
reviewed the medical literature for evidence that vaccines can cause
injury and death and confirmed that the DTP (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis)
vaccine can cause acute brain inflammation and permanent brain damage
that ranges from learning disorders to severe and profound mental
retardation; the DT (Diphtheria-Tetanus) vaccine can cause Guillain-Barre
syndrome, including death, as well as brachial neuritis; the rubella
vaccine can cause acute and chronic arthritis; the live oral polio
vaccine can give polio to the person being vaccinated or to someone
who comes into contact with that person's body fluids; and the MMR
(measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine can cause shock and death from measles
vaccine strain viral infection. But because there were so few scientific
studies investigating vaccine-induced immune and brain dysfunction
in existence, the Committee was not able to properly evaluate a
long list of vaccine-associated health problems, such as diabetes
and multiple sclerosis, and concluded:
The lack of adequate data regarding many of the [vaccine] adverse
events under study was of major concern…. The committee encountered
many gaps and limitations in knowledge bearing directly or indirectly
on the safety of vaccines. These include inadequate understanding
of the biologic mechanisms underlying adverse events following natural
infection or immunization, insufficient or inconsistent information
from case reports and case series…and inadequate size or length
of follow-up of many population-based epidemologic studies.
Although Congress passed the Immunization Assistance Act in 1965,
setting up categorical grant programs to states to provide federal
funds to purchase vaccines for public health clinics and establish
immunization programs, it was not until Dale Bumpers became Governor
of Arkansas in 1971 that the idea of using vaccination as a political
tool became fashionable. In 1973, he and his wife, Betty, enlisted
the help of the media and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
and then called out the Arkansas National Guard to vaccinate every
child in Arkansas.
The national publicity
generated by that action helped to catapult Bumpers to the US Senate
in 1974. In 1976, when Jimmy Carter was elected President, it was
Dale and Betty who persuaded Jimmy and Rosalyn and HHS Secretary
Joe Califano to map out a nationwide campaign to enforce vaccination
laws. Bumpers explained, "Betty went over to see Rosalyn
and talked to her about it and said 'You know, this is something
the President can do so that when he runs for reelection, he can
say the government did it.' Because you know, the government was
in such disrepute, nobody thought the government could do anything."
Bumpers was successful
in doubling annual federal appropriations for vaccine programs from
$14.5 million to $33 million in 1978 and to $46 million in 1979,
and by 1989 vaccine appropriations hit $141 million. On June 14,
1999, President Clinton announced the establishment of the Dale
and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center, with $200 million in
annual funding. Clinton said "Until an AIDS vaccine is tested
and approved, it will remain the primary mission of the Dale and
Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center…. I look forward to
the day when I can come back here...heralding another great vaccine
achievement for mankind, the end of AIDS."
In 1997, Clinton issued
a public challenge to government and industry scientists to put
a vaccine for AIDS on the market by 2007. That
same year, a member of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices, the federal committee that sets national vaccine policy,
publicly reminded government and industry HIV vaccine developers
to test the candidate AIDS vaccines in children because a future
AIDS vaccine will be targeted for use in all 12-year-old children.
A 1986 Law
To Eliminate Liability
After national publicity in 1982 with the broadcast of the NBC-TV
documentary DPT: Vaccine Roulette informing the public about DPT
vaccine risks, the vaccine manufacturers and physician organizations
lobbied Congress for legislation to protect them from vaccine injury
lawsuits. Parents of vaccine injured children, who co-founded the
National Vaccine Information Center, fought to protect the rights
of families and to insert vaccine safety provisions in the law such
as mandatory reporting and recording of vaccine reactions by physicians.
Federal health officials opposed
the legislation to the very end, maintaining that vaccines have
no substantial risks and that those children who are injured or
die following vaccination are, in effect, genetically defective
and would have died or been disabled even if no vaccinations had
In 1986, President
Reagan signed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act into law
(PL99-660), giving historic societal acknowledgement that vaccines
can injure and kill individuals and creating a federal vaccine injury
compensation system. Since 1993, federal health officials under
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna Shalala
have moved to systematically gut the law and fight every claim with
the help of Department of Justice lawyers. Today, three out
of four vaccine injured children are turned away, and more than
$1 billion sits idle in the vaccine injury trust fund created by
a small surcharge or "user fee" charged to parents for
each state mandated vaccine their children receive.
since 1986 the vaccine manufacturers and physicians administering
vaccines have been absolved of liability for their products and
actions with regard to selling and administering mandated vaccines
to children. When the FDA licenses a new vaccine, the drug company
lobbies federal health officials at the CDC to issue a recommendation
for "universal use" of the new vaccine by all children,
and after that happens, state health officials add the new vaccine
to the list of mandated vaccines. The vaccine manufacturers have
a stable, predictable yearly market for their product and no product
Johnson Gets Involved in 1991
In 1991, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created ALL
KIDS COUNT, a national program to set up electronic vaccination
registry and tracking systems to monitor and follow-up pre-school
children in order to enforce mass vaccination. Grants totaling $9
million were given to 20 cities to set up vaccine tracking systems.
ALL KIDS COUNT is headquartered at the Task Force
for Child Survival and Development at The Carter Center in Atlanta,
from which former President Jimmy Carter works with federal health
officials to implement government public health initiatives both
here and abroad.
That same year, EVERY
CHILD BY TWO was co-founded by Betty Bumpers and former First Lady
Rosalyn Carter. EVERY CHILD BY TWO is a national
campaign to set up mechanisms to vaccinate children with all government-endorsed
vaccines by age two and is funded in part by grants from vaccine
manufacturers Merck, Lederle, and Connaught.
1991 was also the
year that the CDC recommended
that all newborns be given hepatitis B vaccine at birth before they
leave the newborn nursery, even though only about 21,000 cases of
hepatitis B were reported to the CDC in all age groups in 1990 and
even though hepatitis B is an adult disease spread through infected
blood. Although hepatitis B is primarily confined to adult high
risk groups such as IV drug users and persons with multiple sexual
partners, by 1999 42 state health departments had added three doses
of hepatitis B vaccine to the mandatory vaccination list for all
children attending grade school and high school.
July 1, 1990 and October 31, 1998, there were 24,775 reports of
hepatitis B vaccine-related adverse events reports to the government,
including 9,673 serious adverse events and 439 deaths. During the
same time period, there was a total of 2,424 adverse event reports,
with 1,209 serious events and 73 deaths in children under age 14
who got hepatitis B vaccine alone without any other vaccines. This
means that one out of two case reports of health problems following
hepatitis B vaccination in children ends with a trip to a hospital
emergency room, a life-threatening condition, a hospitalization
or permanent disability.
Administration, The National ID and Electronic Tracking Systems
Bill Clinton's election in November 1992 brought Donna Shalala,
close friend of Hillary Clinton, to Washington, D.C., as
the nation's new Secretary of Health and Human Services. (Founded
in 1973, the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) was formerly chaired
by Hillary Clinton and then by Donna Shalala and is now headed by
Marian Wright Edelman. One of
CDF's main goals is to register and monitor all children in a national
computerized vaccination tracking system.) Within weeks of taking
office in January 1993, Shalala announced "President Clinton's
Clinton then moved to play a key role
in the Health Care Task Force to restructure US health care with
a plan to tag every citizen with a Unique Health Care Identifier
Number and to record and track everyone's vaccination status and
personal health information from birth to death in a government-operated
electronic database. Ira Magaziner said that President Clinton wants
to "create an integrated system with a card that everyone will
get at birth."
Although public opposition to
the Unique Health Care Identifier Number, National ID "smartcard"
and a medical records tracking system eventually scuttled Hillary's
Health Care Plan, on April 1, 1993, Senators
Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Don Riegle (D-MI) and Congressman Henry Waxman
(D-CA) introduced "The Comprehensive Child Immunization Act."
A key provision in this bill directed Secretary
Shalala to "establish a national system to track the immunization
status of children." Information obtained on citizens could
be used by government health officials and disclosed to other third
parties without the consent of the individual or parent or guardian.
The price tag to set up the electronic surveillance database, which
would track citizen's movements from state to state, was $1.1 billion.
of privacy advocates formed to oppose the vaccine tracking provisions,
including the Free Congress Foundation, Eagle Forum, Family Research
Council, National Center for Home Education, National Vaccine Information
Center, American Civil Liberties Union, Concerned Women for America,
Traditional Values Coalition, Christian Life Commission of the Southern
Baptist Convention and the American Association of Christian Schools.
By the Fall of 1993,
strong opposition from the Republicans, privacy advocates and the
pharmaceutical industry (which would be forced under the law to
sell vaccines to the government at a lower price so children could
get free vaccines) forced modifications of the bill. The
national vaccine tracking system was eliminated, but language was
inserted authorizing $417 million in appropriations to HHS so Shalala
could work with state health officials to establish a national network
of "state registry systems to monitor the immunization status
of all children." The
law which passed gave Shalala authority to award federal grants
to states to set up vaccine tracking systems and money to reward
states between $50 and $100 per fully immunized child, with the
dollar figure determined by the total percentage of children fully
vaccinated in the state.
(and International) Vaccine Plan Takes Shape
In 1994, the Department of Health and Human Services published The
National Vaccine Plan, which is a strategic plan for vaccinating
every American child with all existing and future government-recommended
vaccines and for positioning the US mass vaccination program within
the context of a global mass vaccination program. The
Plan emphasizes that the US is a co-sponsor of the Children's Vaccine
Initiative (CVI) launched at the World Summit for Children in 1990
in New York City to vaccinate all the world's children with existing
and future vaccines developed by drug companies. In
addition to the vaccine manufacturers, funding for CVI is provided
by the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nation's
Development Program (UNDP), the Rockefeller Foundation, the World
Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Social Security Numbers
On March 9, 1995, Shalala published
a notice in the Federal Register of the intent to establish a new
routine use of the Social Security number. This permits the Social
Security Administration to disclose the Social Security number of
a newborn to state health department officials for public health
programs including, but not limited to, establishing public immunization
registries with the goal of operating a national network of coordinated
statewide immunization registries. The new routine use of the Social
Security number permits HHS to disclose information about individuals
without their consent if it is for the purpose of administering
a government public health program or for conducting medical research.
Jailed For Failure to Show Proof of Vaccination
After a policeman pulled him over for driving his mother's van with
expired license plates, a Milwaukee teenager was handcuffed, stripped
and jailed overnight in April 1996 when police discovered he had
failed to show public school or county health officials proof that
he had gotten a second MMR shot. The busy mother of Jacob Kallas
had ignored repeated court orders to provide her son's school with
proof of vaccination.
parents were being charged with child medical neglect for failing
to vaccinate their children with all government-recommended vaccines.
Since 1982, six states have abolished philosophical or personal
belief exemption to vaccination, leaving only 15 states with this
right. All states still provide for medical exemption (which must
be written by an M.D. or D.O.), and all but two allow an exemption
for sincerely held religious beliefs.
However, in July 1999,
CDC officials mounted an assault to counter parent-led informed
consent legislative initiatives in Texas, Illinois, New Jersey,
Massachusetts and other states in the past few years. An article
was published in the Journal of
the American Medical Association criticizing parents who claim philosophical
or religious exemptions to vaccination for their children as a potential
disease threat to other unvaccinated persons as well as to vaccinated
persons for whom the vaccines have failed to work. Attaching a new
label to those who take exemptions to vaccination ("exemptors"),
the federal health officials said "Persons who claim philosophical
and/or religious exemptions may create some risk to the community
because unvaccinated or undervaccinated persons may be a source
of transmission…. Exemptors also pose a social equity issue."
Addressing the issue
of religious exemption to vaccination, CDC officials suggest that
more stringent screening standards for proving the quality and sincerity
of religious beliefs must be applied when government officials review
a religious exemption to vaccination for acceptability.
Some states require
an unequivocal statement from a religious leader that immunization
conflicts with the person's religious belief. This type of requirement
for an exemption essentially assesses the strength of conviction
of the individual applying for an exemption, similar to Selective
Service boards assessing exemptions from the military draft. Other
states grant exemption based on a form signed by parents, indicating
that immunizations are against the individual's personal belief.
In these states, efforts may not be made to assess strength of conviction.
conclude by signaling that government health officials will be taking
an even more aggressive and intrusive approach to forcing vaccination
in the future, employing "interventions" to persuade exemptors
to become vaccinators.
determined that exemptors are a risk factor for contracting a VPD
(Vaccine Preventable Disease),
it is important to discover the underlying reasons why individuals
are claiming exemptions. Interventions should be developed and implemented
to counter misunderstanding of the relative risks and benefits of
immunization at both the individual and societal level.
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (PL 104-191)
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
of 1996, also known as the Kennedy-Kassebaum bill, further
reinforced the government-operated electronic surveillance and tracking
mechanism for monitoring every American's medical records, using
vaccination as the vehicle. Uniform electronic data element, collection
and exchange standards were adopted. HIPAA also resurrected the
Unique Health Care Identifier Number. Officials operating the National
Immunization Program and HHS were pleased with HIPAA and stated:
"Any standards…should support the ability of health care
workers and public health officials to access appropriately specific
and precise health data."
"A current recommendation is for the first dose of hepatitis
B vaccine to be given at birth. To record this first vaccination,
when it is given in the hospital nursery and to support its ultimate
linkage with the immunization registry, either the New Unique Health
Care Identifier would have to be assigned expeditiously within a
few hours of a request, or a temporary ID number that would ultimately
link to the definitive identifier would be needed."
"We see entries in the immunization registries as a small part
of what could ultimately develop into more comprehensive clinical
and preventive databases."
"State laws intended to ensure privacy have presented barriers
to immunization registries in some areas. Preemptive federal legislation
is needed to ensure appropriate privacy while allowing participation
in registries that protect the public by reducing disease. It is
not clear that signed consent by the patient is necessary…."
Decide Privacy Rights If Congress Does Not Meet Deadline
HIPAA provided that, if Congress does not enact legislation to create
standards to protect individually identifiable health information
in medical records by August 21, 1999, then the Secretary of HHS
is required to establish rules governing how much information the
government and other third parties can get out of private medical
records by February 21, 2000. Currently, there are four medical
privacy bills in the House and Senate, including the Health Care
Personal Information Nondisclosure Act of 1999 (S.578-Senators Jeffords/Dodd);
the Medical Information Protection Act of 1999 (S.881-Senator Bob
Bennett) and the Medical Information Privacy and Security Act (S.573/H.R.
these medical "privacy" bills allow extensive exemptions
for unrestricted access and use of personal medical information
in an individual's medical records by anyone who invokes a right
to access and use this information in the name of the public health
including government officials, researchers and law enforcement
officers. Citizens can be enrolled without their informed consent
as research subjects in medical experiments if researchers make
the case that the study will contribute to the public health.
that, without the individual's informed consent, researchers working
with government, industry and private physicians will be allowed
unrestricted access to personal medical records for the purpose
of enrolling unsuspecting patients in medical research experiments.
Scientific researchers of the future could experiment on citizens
with new drugs and vaccines. The elderly will not know whether the
nursing home doctor urging the use of a new antidepressant or the
family pediatrician recommending to a mother that her infant get
15 vaccines in one day, is making that recommendation because it
is in the best interest of the individual or because the doctor
has enrolled his patients in a government-endorsed medical experiment.
The government push for a national ID and national electronic
medical records database originated with the desire by government
and industry to find an institutional mechanism to enforce mandatory
vaccination. The linking of state vaccine tracking registries to
a national medical records database operated by government can be
used not just to enforce vaccination but also to limit health care
choices and impose economic and other sanctions on those who do
not conform to any government health policy.
Children are already
being denied an education and being turned down for health insurance
by HMOs for failing to be vaccinated with all government recommended
vaccines. Vaccination status is being linked to government entitlement
programs, and there have been suggestions by legislators at both
the state and federal levels to make the obtaining of a child tax
deduction dependent upon compliance with vaccination laws.
tagged and tracked in a government-operated electronic surveillance
database could lead to severe economic and other government-sanctioned
punishments at the hands of health officials assigned police powers
to "protect the public health." Citizens who do not, for
example, comply with government mandates to use an AIDS vaccine
when it is brought to market in the future could effectively be
prevented from functioning in society by being denied an education,
health insurance, a driver's license, employment or even admission
to a hospital, hotel or airplane.
The erosion of medical freedom,
privacy and the right to self determination under the guise of protecting
the public health is a threat to individual liberty and the very
foundation of freedom as we have known it since the Constitution
was ratified in 1787 and amended by the Bill of Rights in 1791.
A de facto medical dictatorship, which has been set up by government
health officials using police powers assigned by state legislatures,
affirmed by the Supreme Court in Jacobsen v Massachusetts, fueled
by federal funds, and aided by politicians eager to control the
people "for the greater good," is destroying the most
sacred of all individual freedoms: the human right to choose what
one is willing to die for or, in the case of a parent, what one
is willing to risk a child's life for.
If the state can tag,
track down and force citizens against their will to be injected
with biologicals of unknown toxicity today, then there will be no
limit on what individual freedoms the state can take away in the
name of the greater good tomorrow. It is time for Americans to call
a halt to the immoral use of utilitarianism by government officials
to justify and enforce public policy and to reclaim our right to
freely and privately choose the kind of health care we want for
ourselves and our families.
Barbara Loe Fisher
is co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information
Center, a non-profit educational organization in Vienna, VA founded
in 1982. For more information, go to www.NVIC.org
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