Legislative season started today, and so have the political games.
I don’t know about you, but I am sick of political games.
As I was reviewing bills I cam across HB1083, titled “Student Immunizations.”
My heart kind of sank, I got a little nervous as I waited for the page to open…
Would they be stripping away our religious exemption.
Would it be a good bill?
It finally opened and I was relieved. It wasn’t the removal of our religious exemption. Thank God!
It wasn’t a bad bill at all.
BUT was it a Medical Liberty Bill?
Sadly, the answer is, not really.
The authors are attempting to gain political cover or “political immunization,” but more on that later...
This particular bill removes immunization records from high school transcripts and the ability of the health department to make changes to list of vaccinations school children, not using a religious exemption, are to have for attendance.
Let’s break these two things down.
First, the removal of immunization records from high school transcripts. This is much needed, an individual’s medical records should not be released without explicit consent. As it stands, this law bypasses the consent process.
Is adding consent to the transfer of records enough to protect Medical Liberty?
I don’t think so, but you should decide.
If this bill passes-
Students will still have to turn in immunization records.
Students will still face discrimination, if not “up to date.”
Students will still have to fight for religious exemption.
AND students will still be turned away based on vaccination status.
Will this consent process provide Medical Liberty?
This consent process is simply reverting back to the PROPER process.
Part one, good policy, but not advancing medical liberty.
What about the second part?
Removing the ability for the state department of Health to change Indiana law without the vote of our elected legislature.
Do you believe the health department should be able to change state law without the vote of the person YOU elected to create laws?
The legislature was elected to ensure that the voice of the constituents is represented.
Over the past 3 years we have witnessed what happens when the Indiana Department of Health is allowed to rule over the people.
It wasn’t pretty.
This bill does remove some of that power, during normal circumstances, which is the way the law should be.
So, is this Medical Liberty?
The answer is no. This is returning the law back to the intended government function.
Overall this bill is good policy and I would like to see it passed, however, it should not be confused for “answering the call for Medical Liberty.”
This bill is designed to do nothing more than the bare minimum. This is merely “political immunization.”
Why would the authors be seeking “political immunization?”
Jake Teshka representing St. Joe County was the lead author on the bill. He was an outspoken voice for the 2022 bill that legalized religious discrimination through forced testing under the guise of providing exemptions. The exemptions provided little more than what federal law already provide. He received a lot of push back from constituents and faced a Liberty primary challenger May of 2022.
J.D. Prescott from East Central Indiana also signed on to the bill that created law allowing religious discrimination. His constituents were less than pleased and he also faced a Liberty primary challenger in May of 2022.
Chris Judy representing Whitley County and a portion of Allen county, is my personal State Rep. Chris was a strong supporter of the the 2022 bill legalizing religious discrimination and has faced backlash from constituents for previous Medical Liberty failures in 2021 despite sharing similar personal beliefs.
Could these legislators be working to avoid 2024 primary challengers?
Medical Liberty is still the hottest subject in the United States. Citizens recognize that this fight is long from over and the CDC is threatening our Medical Liberty more and more every day.
Political Immunization is a play on words. It lends to the thought that legislators might be attempting to inoculate their political careers from a danger.
Could these legislators think Hoosiers are flippant enough to mistake the basics for true Medical Liberty?
If Medical Liberty activists fall for this appeasement, “political immunization” is a success.
If Medical Liberty activist recognize the game, they pose political danger to politicians who refuse to advance the cause.
Of course, Medical Liberty activists do not condone, support, or encourage violent or threatening behaviors. Medical Liberty activists will simply find someone better for the job. To a politician, being replaced is their political END.
So what now?
There are a lot of things that must happen before this bill moves forward. We will keep you updated along the way. However, we want to make sure that you are aware of tactics being used for “political immunization.”
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Ashley Grogg RN-MSN sharing insights, tips, and updates on Medical Liberty throughout the Hoosier state.