Query 1 on the March Three poll reads: “Do you wish to reject the brand new regulation that removes non secular and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization in opposition to sure communicable ailments for college kids to attend faculties and schools and for workers of nursery faculties and well being care services?
A sure vote permits non secular and philosophical exemptions from vaccinations. A no vote solely permits medical exemptions.
Independents — these not enrolled in any political celebration — can vote on referendum questions resembling Query 1. Don’t let a ballot employee deny you your proper to vote on Query 1 as a result of you aren’t registered in a political celebration.
Sure on 1 Maine to Reject Massive Pharma, formally Mainers for Well being and Parental Rights, opposes the regulation handed final 12 months, claiming it violates their non secular freedom. Cara Sacks, co-chairwoman of the group stated: “A individuals’s veto is the possibility for residents to problem our authorities after they cross a regulation that we imagine shouldn’t be in the very best curiosity of our state and never a real illustration of the individuals’s will.”
Truthful sufficient. However the Supreme Courtroom dominated the federal government should defend individuals from actions taken for non secular causes if that motion endangers one other’s well being. Granting non secular exemptions endanger others and supply some individuals with non secular privilege. We will solely defend non secular freedom for everybody if nobody has non secular privilege.
The group’s street indicators — “Sure on Query 1 / No to Massive Pharma” — don’t cross scrutiny both. Many individuals suppose the deceptive indicators imply a sure vote will decrease drug costs. But it surely received’t. What it would do is enhance the chance of youngsters catching a lethal and preventable illness.
Maine Households for Vaccines, a gaggle supporting the present regulation, is aware of “dad and mom who refuse to vaccinate their kids put weak kids in danger for contracting lethal (and preventable) ailments.” Measles is extremely contagious as a result of the virus can stay within the air for 2 hours after an contaminated individual, typically with out signs, leaves the world. Most unvaccinated individuals who stroll into that space will get the measles. Caitlin Gilmet, a spokesperson for the group, stated: “Vaccines are some of the efficient ways in which dad and mom can defend their kids and assist them lead a wholesome life. Bettering Maine’s immunization charges helps to guard your complete group from preventable ailments.”
The Maine CDC experiences: “Amongst kindergartners, the state’s vaccination-exemption charge (is) 6.2%, the very best degree in 10 years, and is above the nationwide degree.” The middle additionally experiences: “Forty-three elementary faculties (have) 15 % or increased charges of unvaccinated kindergarten college students, placing these faculties and the encompassing group at better threat for the return of preventable ailments resembling measles, chickenpox, and pertussis.”
Dr. Meghan Might, a College of New England pathologist, stated in an interview on WMTW-TV that regardless of many years of scientific analysis displaying vaccines are efficient and secure there’s a vital anti-vaccination motion in Maine. Consequently Maine’s pertussis (whooping cough) an infection charge is greater than eight instances increased than the nationwide common. Refusing to vaccinate kids permits the pertussis virus to unfold and mutate extra quickly; making present vaccines much less efficient. Pertussis has a 40 % mortality charge in infants who’re unvaccinated and untreated.
Dr. Laura Blaisdell, a Yarmouth pediatrician and founding father of Maine Households for Vaccines stated: “In the end, it’s in regards to the well being of youngsters, the well being of colleges, and the well being of our group” and “If we proceed on our present (vaccine opt-out) monitor, it’s not a matter of if we get an outbreak; it’s a matter of when.”
Sacks, of Sure on 1 Maine to Reject Massive Pharma, stated “Whereas we don’t know that every one (vaccines) are 100% secure for 100% of individuals each time, you’ll be able to’t mandate a product that has identified dangers and legal responsibility related to it.”
In keeping with the CDC, the “identified dangers and legal responsibility related to” unvaccinated kids contracting measles are – “ten % of youngsters could have an ear an infection, 5 % will come down with pneumonia, and .2 % will die of organ failure or mind swelling.” Are these “identified dangers and liabilities related to” not vaccinating kids an appropriate threat in your little one, particularly when one other mother or father places your little one at better threat of catching the measles by not vaccinating their little one?
Maine can’t afford to let a small group of devoted individuals resolve to place your little one’s well being in hurt’s manner. I urge you to guard everybody’s well being and spiritual freedom by voting no on Query 1 on March 3.
Tom Waddell is president of the Maine Chapter of the Freedom from Faith Basis. He will be reached at: [email protected]