DC wants to vaccinate without even telling parents. Congress must approve. Action Alert!
The DC Council has approved a bill, DC B23-0171, that would allow children 11 and older to consent to vaccines without a parent’s knowledge. Congress has the power to reject legislation passed in the city of DC, so residents from California to New York can speak out and make a difference to the people living in DC.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has sponsored a resolution rejecting this bad bill; Reps. Michael Cloud (R-TX) and Gary Palmer (R-AL) are expected to introduce the House version of the resolution later this week. We must urge our elected officials in DC to sign on as co-sponsors to this resolution so this bill does not become law in DC.
The DC bill blatantly disregards parental rights and could also put children’s health in jeopardy, seeing as young children are unlikely to know the previous health care they have received, their family medical history, and other important details that could impact or negatively interact with other treatments or care. Informed consent is a cornerstone of medicine, and under the circumstances imposed by this bill, it appears impossible for a child to grant it in receiving a vaccine outside of their parents’ knowledge.
This is a big win for ANH. Congress has heard you and is taking action to protect parental rights, but they need your help to finish the job.
Write to your federal representatives, urging them to sign on as co-sponsors to this resolution.