It is your American right to raise your children as you see fit and deny them the experimental vaccination — unless you live in the District of Columbia.
Parents local to the D.C. area are now suing their government with the help of the Children’s Health Defense for overstepping bounds and enacting the D.C. Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act of 2020 (Minor Consent Act).
The new law allows children as young as 11 years of age to receive government-approved vaccination without parental consent. It was passed by the D.C. Council in a 12-1 vote last November and went into effect this past March.
Mayor Muriel Bowser had no opinion on the matter and chose to opt out by standing idly by long enough for her veto timeframe to expire, and the act became law.
Instead of parents deciding the best for their children, it shifts the decision-making responsibility to the doctor, who must determine if the child is fit to make their own decision.
Even if that vaccination is not approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) or the parent has opted out due to religious reasons, D.C. schools now have the right to vaccinate their students at their request — regardless of what their parent says.
Children’s Health Defense, whose chairman is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and the Parental Rights Foundation filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday. They are seeking a court order to declare the Minor Consent Act unconstitutional.
“The D.C. Act is reckless, unconstitutional, and needlessly endangers children’s lives by stripping away parental protection and the protection of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986,” said Mary Holland, president and general counsel of the Children’s Health Defense, in a statement.
The provision is in direct conflict with the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, requiring parents to provide information and records on their children’s vaccinations.
“The Minor Consent Act subverts the right and duty of parents to make informed decisions about whether their children should receive vaccinations, by both depriving them of the opportunity to make those decisions and by concealing from parents that their children have been asked to consent to vaccinations or may have indeed been vaccinated,” the lawsuit claims.
Even when requesting reimbursement from insurance companies, the parent could be legally left in the dark.
Under the Minor Consent Act, Insurance companies are prohibited from sending parents the “Explanation of Benefits,” which details their child’s medical services. Children will have access to their immunization records without parental consent or knowledge.
Council Member Trayvon White voiced his concerns at the time the act was brought for initial voting, “…for me, it’s not an issue of the vaccinations. It’s an issue of the Council voting to circumvent the inclusion of a parent making the decision about their child. And the floor is an eleven-year-old child. I have a twelve-year-old son who can barely put together a five-page paper, or finish his homework on time, or be up late at night playing Fortnite—making decisions about his health. And so for us to circumvent that process is very worrisome for me, and that’s why I stand as relates to this legislation, as we attempt to use the law to remove parental involvement as relates to important decisions made by a minor as young as eleven years old.”
There are laws and regulations in place that won’t let children buy cigarettes, energy drinks, or alcohol because of their lack of understanding. Still, somehow, the D.C. Council believes that the same 11-year-old can make a decision regarding their health that could have lifelong impacts.
Not only can a child as young as 11 go against their parent’s wishes, but every other adult involved in the process has zero responsibility to inform the parent.