CHARLESTON, W.V. -- At a rally being held today at
the state capitol in Charleston, Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of Human
Life International, is challenging West Virginia health officials to recant
testimony regarding Senate Bill 439 that the group considers to be misleading.
The pending legislation, which will be voted on by the Senate on
Wednesday, would effectively deny parents the right to any and all vaccine
exemptions. The bill also adds the chickenpox and hepatitis B inoculations to
an already-extensive list of mandatory shots.
Comments Euteneuer, "Along with Mississippi, West Virginia is the
only state to forbid religious vaccine exemptions. This bill goes even
further by prohibiting physicians from granting medical exemptions according
to what they believe is best for each patient. Senate Bill 439 would also make
West Virginia the only state to force homeschoolers to be immunized."
In testimony related to SB439, state health officials denied that aborted
fetal tissue is used to culture the chickenpox vaccine. HLI vaccine expert
Jameson Taylor counters this assertion: "The chickenpox vaccine's own product
insert clearly states each dose contains 'residual components, including DNA
and protein,' of cells acquired from aborted babies -- what the pharmaceutical
industry refers to as 'human diploid' cells. Why are state health officials
trying to hide this fact? Because they know most parents don't want their
children injected with cells from aborted babies."
Adds Taylor, "No medical or scientific necessity requires this vaccine be
cultured on fetal tissue. Furthermore, the current chickenpox vaccine has an
average failure rate of 66 percent."
Concludes Euteneuer, "It is deplorable that the West Virginia
department of health is attempting to mandate these vaccines without an
exemption. That, on top of this, state officials are misleading the public
about how these vaccines are manufactured is inexcusable. State officials
have a moral and legal responsibility to uphold parents' constitutional right
to make an informed decision about the medical care their children receive.
They're taking the fruit of the poison tree and making us eat it."
Founded in 1981, Human Life International is the world's largest pro-life,
pro-faith, pro-family educational apostolate, having a network of branches and
affiliates around the world.
Source: Human Life International