Letter to the editor: Vaccination bill would protect parents’ rights
In response to the op-ed “Vaccination info should be epidemic,” here are some facts proving that my Vaccine Informed Consent Protection Act, House Bill 286, is the best legislative cure for the real health care epidemic plaguing hundreds of Pennsylvania families.
Across the commonwealth, medical care is now routinely denied for infants and children whose parents choose to delay or decline vaccines for many legitimate reasons. This blatant discrimination is even more troubling when you consider that the insurance industry awards lucrative bonuses to medical practices that have the highest percentages of “fully vaccinated children.”
Recognizing these barriers to equal health care access, my legislation contains a provision specifically prohibiting insurance industry kickbacks based on vaccination quotas.
Common and potentially harmful vaccine ingredients include monkey kidney cells, calf/bovine serum, aluminum hydroxide, and known carcinogens such as formaldehyde and sulfuric acid.
Surprisingly, Congress has given vaccine manufacturers immunity from vaccine-related liability. As a result, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid out more than $4 billion for thousands of vaccine injuries or deaths.
House Bill 286 would prohibit denials of care and other forms of bullying and intimidation against families who exercise their God-given, parental rights to delay or decline an aggressive childhood vaccination schedule that has more than tripled since 1986.
Put more concisely, my legislation is all about protecting the rights of parents to freely determine if the rewards of every vaccination outweigh the risks for their children.
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe
The writer, a Republican, represents the 12th District.