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Checks and Balances AND VACCINES / By Adam Kerzner, DC

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ll across our country there is an effort to remove our legal rights surrounding the health choices for ourselves and our children. Why are there dozens of bills introduced in state legislatures over the past few years to limit or abolish vaccine exemptions? Is it just a coincidence? How do we maintain our legal rights of privacy and autonomy if we lose our freedom of choice? What are the implications of changing these laws?

which gives us the right to seek a trial for harm done to us. There is no other commercial product that enjoys such limited liability while admitting the product is harmful. So, we and our children can be injured and even die from a vaccine but have no legal right to sue for damages. Instead, our only recourse is to bring our case to the vaccine court with the hope that in a few years we may receive money to help us care for the injured party – and even then only if we have an allowable diagnosis. (This is one reason there is so much pushback on any suggestion that vaccines may All products, whether they are drugs (including vaccines), tools, or be implicated in causing autism. It would cost them trillions toys, have the potential to cause harm. In fact, of dollars if that diagnosis were added to Our government has paid our government has paid out more than four the list.) But here comes what may be the out more than four billion billion dollars in health damages to individuals most unbelievable part. The injured child is and families affected by vaccine injury, and still required to keep receiving vaccinations! dollars in damages to there are thousands more cases waiting to be Medical exemptions are difficult to get even individuals and families processed. And yet, all of this has happened where they are allowed. This is where our affected by vaccine injury without any liability on the part of the drug right to choose comes into the picture. and there are thousands more companies that created and sold these vaccines. The States Where are the checks and balances in our legal cases waiting to be processed. And yet, all of this has system to protect the public? In a country that prides itself on individual freedoms, our happened without any liability Most states have some legal exemptions, based on medical, religious, or philosophical legal system is failing us. on the part of the drug companies that created and grounds. But for how long? There is a The Congress coordinated effort to pass new legislation sold these vaccines. Where including dozens of bills introduced in many The Vaccine Injury Compensation act was are the checks and balances in states the past few years to limit or get rid of passed by Congress in the 1980s protecting drug our legal system to protect the exemptions. This is being funded at least in companies from being sued for any damages part by drug companies. These new laws would public? In a country that their childhood vaccines may cause. A limit our rights of privacy and autonomy and that prides itself on vaccine court was set up to compensate families take away the need for any informed consent. individual freedoms, our who have been harmed by vaccines, thus taking legal system is failing us. away our right to have a normal legal recourse Whatever you feel about vaccines – pro, con, in front of a jury of our peers. That also means there is limited questioning, or neutral – we need to be vigilant in maintaining discovery of facts in these cases. There is a list of diagnoses that our legal rights. We have quadrupled our vaccine schedule since are allowed (autism not being one of them) and it can take years for Congress acted to protect the drug companies. Vaccine injuries these families to see any money. This law does not limit its protection claims have soared in recent years. If the present efforts succeed, only to current vaccines, so drug companies continue to add then there is nothing stopping drug companies from an evermany new childhood vaccines to the market knowing they have increasing vaccine schedule throughout life, without consent or virtually no legal liability for the safety of their products. choice. We have a constitutional right to privacy, autonomy, and informed consent, which needs to be considered and protected.

The Supreme Court

United States law regards vaccines as “unavoidably unsafe” and as such places significant limits on a person’s legal recourse towards the drug company, or doctors involved, regarding a child’s injury from a vaccine. The court limits our Sixth Amendment rights, 24

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~ Dr. Kerzner, Body Connection Chiropractic located in Great Barrington, MA, has been in practice in the Berkshires since 1997. The focus of his work is building health and well-being in his clients through gentle handson spinal care, and to empower people in their healing choices through education and self-discovery. www.adamkerzner.com

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