The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice is a non-partisan group of Mainers dedicated to preserving their right to choose which vaccines they will receive and which they will decline for themselves and their children.
Current Maine law recognizes this right, but currently both vaccine industry and public health officials, have been pressing to make vaccination mandatory, and remove the basic human right of the individual to refuse a medical procedure, through coercive means, including expulsion from school, employment termination, steep fines and even jail time.
Additionally, many parents do not know that they have the right to abstain from any single vaccine or vaccination as a whole, and unfortunately, on occasion, authorities do not paint an accurate picture of their legal rights.
The Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice does not make vaccination recommendations, but instead works to empower individuals to educate themselves on the pros and cons of vaccination, on the latest research and on how to exercise their right to informed consent.
The members of the Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice hold that:
1. Mainers have the right to free and informed consent in vaccination, are entitled to be informed of all the known risks and benefits of a vaccine, are due unbiased information where all potential conflicts of interests are disclosed, and must be able to make an uncoerced choice as to whether or not they will allow a vaccine to be administered to themselves or their children per:
The Nuremberg Code (1947)
“The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision.”
The American Medical Association, Code of Medical Ethics Opinion 2.1.1
“Informed consent to medical treatment is fundamental in both ethics and law. Patients have the right to receive information and ask questions about recommended treatments so that they can make well-considered decisions about care. Successful communication in the patient-physician relationship fosters trust and supports shared decision making…”
2. Mainers who suffer adverse reactions to, have permanent injury from, or are killed by liability-free vaccines are due:
– Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of potential vaccine injuries by a physician trained and qualified in vaccine injury assessment, diagnosis and treatment, according to an established standard of care.
– Appropriate compensation for vaccine injury or death due to vaccination.
– The right to redress for vaccine injuries and death in civil court per the 7th Amendment to the US Constitution which states:
“In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
3. The State of Maine must:
– Officially recognize vaccine adverse reactions, and assure that Maine medical professionals involved in vaccination are fully educated on vaccine adverse reactions, as outlined in the US HHS National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, the vaccine manufacturer package inserts, the medical literature, and reported by Maine families.
– Recognize Maine families reporting harm as a result of participation in the Maine Immunization Program, and assure that they are assisted in good faith by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
– Keep records and statistics on vaccine adverse events in Maine.
– Recognize the rights of families not to participate in the Maine Immunization Program without coercion, bullying, or harassment of any kind, including such by any medical provider, municipality or government program.
– Provide full, free and informed consent in vaccination to any Mainer who chooses to participate in the Maine Immunization Program.
– Hold medical professionals accountable to a standard of care in addressing vaccine informed consent, safety and adverse reactions.
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