You’ve heard the news about the potential swine flu (H1N1) pandemic predicted for this fall, and that the U.S. government has plans for dealing with it. But if you want to have the final say about what health measures you choose to take—or not to take—the time to act is now!
As reported by Natural Solutions Foundation (www.GlobalHealthFreedom.org), the World Health Organization (WHO), after changing the definition to fit current conditions, declared a
Level 6” pandemic in mid-June 2009. The CDC and WHO now predict the H1NI
will be back this fall in a new, deadly form.
They also say a new vaccine will be ready for deployment at the very time when the H1N1 pandemic virus circulates around the world, and they propose universal (mandatory) vaccination, starting with our most vulnerable: the very young and the very old. At the July 9
President Barack Obama (D) stated:
We want to make sure that we are not promoting panic…the most important thing…is to make sure that state and local officials prepare now to implement a vaccination program in the fall. …
Background of the health-related legislation
The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act and federal legislation, including Patriot Acts I, II and III, BARDA and others provide for mandatory vaccination or drugging.
Wikipedia explains that the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MSEHPA) is a proposal by the Center for Law and the Public’s Health, a joint venture of Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University, to aid America’s state legislatures in revising their public health laws to, as proponents put it, more effectively control epidemics and respond to bioterrorism.
The proposal has been criticized for what is called a
that could be abused by governments. It would be used when a town or state faces a
situation such as swine flu. Under this law, the government would be able to seize or quarantine a town and all the people within. Once citizens were quarantined, the government would be allowed to seize all property and abrogate the rights of the people to resist government (i.e., confiscating all civilian-owned firearms). Wikipedia says,
This will be done to control the population and is only for the protection of government forces.
The initial proposal was drafted at the behest of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by Lawrence O. Gostin, an attorney for the Washington, D.C., center, during the anthrax letter scare in fall 2001. Gostin was also formerly affiliated with President Bill Clinton’s Task Force on Health Care Reform. The draft, dated Oct. 23, 2001, was produced by Gostin without consultation from any of the various groups he listed on the title page as being
in collaboration with,
namely, the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Association of Attorneys General, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of City and County Health Officials. The claim of collaboration was an error, and a later version, dated Dec. 21, 2001, made the revised statement on its title page that the law was a
draft for discussion … to assist
The model act subsequently came under the aegis of the Turning Point National Collaborative on Public Health Statute Modernization to revise state health laws. Sept. 16, 2003, a third draft of the law was issued. June 15, 2004, it won the 2004 Distinguished Achievement in Public Health Law Award from the Public Health Law Association.
The model act would revise some subjects covered by existing public health laws, such as reporting of contagious diseases, disposal of the dead, and quarantines.
Critics said, however, that it did so in such sweeping language that it
could turn governors into dictators
as the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons claimed, and conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly called it
an unprecedented assault on the constitutional rights of the American people.
Her credentials include a law license in Illinois, Missouri and the District of Columbia. She has a master’s of arts degree in government from Radcliffe College, and she earned a JD degree from Washington University Law School in St. Louis. She is also one of the founders of Eagle Forum, a newspaper columnist and radio commentator.
The very definition of a
public health emergency,
which triggered the law’s provisions, critics said, was so broad that an influenza outbreak could qualify as an
The LAMBDA Legal Defense and Education Fund feared it could lead to imprisonment of those with AIDS.
But six other attorneys and Gostin wrote in the August 2002 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association that
Provided those powers are bounded by legal safeguards, individuals should be required to yield some of their autonomy, liberty or property to protect the health and security of the community.
The Web site www.familyfriendsfirearms.com/forum warns:
The proposed EHPA would bring about government takeover of the health industry by the states instead of the federal government… EHPA would give each governor sole discretion to grant himself far-reaching powers. The state legislature relinquishes its power to stop overreaching by the governor until at least 60 days after his actions. The bill wouldn’t allow the governor to be reversed just because his actions are unwarranted, oppressive, or overreacting to the threat. EHPA also suggests requiring a vote of the legislature declaring that the risk has disappeared before the governor could be restrained, something many legislators would be reluctant to declare.
George J. Annas, a lawyer at the Boston University School of Public Health and the MSEHPA’s leading critic, said:
The Model Act seems to have been drafted for a different age; it is more appropriate for the United States of the 19th century than for the United States of the 21st century.
Annas said the law was unconstitutional.
As of April 15, 2006, 32 states have introduced 92 legislative bills or resolutions that are based upon or feature provisions related to the articles or sections of the act. Of these bills, 37 had passed.
State Sen. Dave Syverson, contacted by The Rock River Times, said that at present,
… we don’t have anything like that in Illinois; we have no state act in place that has any mandatory immunization [powers] outside of the usual children’s vaccines for school. As far as adults, [vaccines] that are mandatory for fall-back programs, there isn’t.
To be continued….
from the August 5 – 11, 2009 issue