A bill sponsored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins of San Diego is making its way through the California legislature that would allow children as young as 12 to get vaccines for sexually-transmitted diseases without their parent’s knowledge or permission. It will also provide significant protection to pedophiles who might be preying on children y weakening California’s mandated reporter laws.
The age of consent in California is 18, sex with and between minors younger than 18 is unlawful. Sex with a 12-year old child is a felony. All states, including California, have laws to protect minors from sexual abuse. A wide variety of professions in California are required to be trained in recognizing potential sexual abuse and are required by law to report to police incidents that a reasonable person would believe indicate that sexually abuse had occurred. These professions are called “mandated reporters” and include physicians, nurses, nurse’s aides, teachers, teacher’s aides, psychologists, social workers, police officers, firefighters, parole and probation officers, and many other professions.
If a twelve-year old child requests a vaccines for a sexually transmitted disease, what conclusion could a rational person come to other than a sexual crime has either occurred or will occur in the near future, which is exactly the standard required by California law for mandated reporters. How can a physician or nurse give a vaccine for a sexually transmitted disease, or other professionals counsel a child on getting such a vaccine, without the child’s parents’ involvement, and obey the mandated reporter laws? We don’t know either, which is why we consider this bill to the California Pedophile Protection Act of 2011.
AB 499 that was introduced by Assemblymember Toni Atkins of San Diego and has already passed in the Assembly and will be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday. If you are Californian, and only if you are a Californian, please get on the phone and call Assemblymember Atkins and Senator Christine Kehoe, the chair of the Appropriations Committee, and ask them politely to explain why this bill does not provide cover for pedophiles and sexual predators.
Here are their numbers:
Senator Christine Kehoe, (916) 651-4039
Assemblymember Toni Atkins (916) 319-2076
And please click on this TAKE ACTION LINK to send an email to your Assemblymember and State Senator.
Beyond that issue, Assemblymember Atkins claims that this bill will have no financial impact on cash-strapped California. The HPV shot alone cost close to $500 dollars, not including the 3 office visits required. No financial impact?
And how can a child as young as twelve know enough about their own medical history to make an informed choice? Suppose a child had an adverse reaction as an infant to the Hepatitis b vaccine (also covered by AB 499) and gets another one and has another adverse reaction. How will appropriate care be provided to that child. Who is liable if the child suffers a lifelong injury?
This is a very poorly written bill the vaccine industry is trying to sell across the country. We stopped it in New York and other states. It can be stopped in California too. But only if you get on the phone now.
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