CEO Challenges Gov. Rick Perry and Other Republican Presidential Candidates To Stand Up For The Children Of California
On February 15, 2011, California Assembly Member Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced a one page bill (AB 499) that could become law in a matter of days. It would allow girls and boys as young as 12 to consent to medical care (including vaccinations) related to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – without their parents’ knowledge or approval. Atkins said her purpose for the bill is to close a gap in the current law about what children can consent to without their parents being notified. The current law already allows children 12 and older to get an abortion or contraceptives without parental consent. The addition (AB 499) would also allow for STD vaccinations. Atkins also included language in the bill that parents of children who decide for themselves (without parental involvement) to receive medical treatment for STDs will not be liable for payment of the treatment. The bill does not mandate the vaccination of minor children, but does allow those between the ages of 12 and 17 to consent to being vaccinated without medical professionals contacting their parents. The bill passed the California Assembly in May and the State Senate in August. It was presented to Governor Jerry Brown two weeks ago (September 7th) and awaits his decision in California.
Outrage! That’s the reaction from parents across the country, including KC Craichy, Founder & CEO of Living Fuel, Inc., and father of five. “This is outrageous! 12-year-old children need protection from the heavy hand of governments that want to control everybody’s life from birth to the grave. The best protection for these children is parents who are armed with knowledge about the dangers of these vaccines.”
One of the vaccines that would be covered by Atkin’s bill is Gardasil. A committee for the State Senate found that more than 920,000 children would qualify for Gardasil vaccinations under AB 499. Gardasil has been in the national spotlight recently because of Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry’s executive order in Texas for mandated vaccinations of 11-year-old girls. The Texas Legislature opposed his order and Perry allowed a bill to become law that stopped the order for mandated vaccinations. Perry has since admitted his executive order was a mistake and went too far. An attempt to mandate Gardasil vaccinations for girls 12 and older in California failed in 2007 when parents’ rights groups successfully lobbied Governor Schwarzenegger to veto the bill. Gardasil is manufactured by Merck and Company, Inc. Some estimates of how much Merck could earn from the sale of Gardasil, if AB 499 becomes law, are in the tens of millions of dollars.
It has often been said that if you want to know what a bill is really about, look at who is for it and who is against it. Supporters of AB 499 include the American Civil Liberties Union, California National Organization for Women, California Medical Association, California Nurses Association, NARL Pro-Choice, the National Association of Social Workers, Planned Parenthood, and the Reproductive Justice Coalition. Opponents of AB 499 include the California Right to Life Committee, and the California Catholic Conference. Archbishop Jose Gomez, head of the Catholic Conference, has asked Governor Brown to veto AB 499. Citizens can express their support or opposition to the legislation by calling 916-445-2841 and following the menu to the vote for or against AB 499.
“Parents in California were successful in killing the vaccination bill four years ago and they need to do it again,” Craichy said. “Every parent needs to let Governor Brown know what they think about AB 499. It’s sitting on Brown’s desk and he’s asking what people think. Join me and let him know today that you are opposed to it!”
KC Craichy is the bestselling author of Super Health: 7 Golden Keys to Unlock Lifelong Vitality and The Super Health Diet: The Last Diet You Will Ever Need! KC is also the Founder and CEO of Living Fuel, Inc.—The Leader in Superfood Nutrition. He is a health advocate, researcher, and recognized expert on natural health and performance nutrition. His extensive study of leading-edge health research and collaborative work with top medical and nutritional practitioners and researchers to solve his wife Monica’s health problems—anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts—along with the grace of God, led him to the answers for Monica’s healing and to the founding of Living Fuel, Inc. As a result of overcoming this health crisis, KC and Monica have helped numerous people become overcomers in their own health situations. Together they are now cohosts of the popular Internet TV program called Living Fuel TV.
KC is committed to changing lives through multimedia, super health lifestyle education combined with super healthy, high impact superfoods. He also serves on the Nutrition Advisory Board for Titleist Performance Institute as well as on the Clinical Nutrition Review Board (the certifying body of the International and American Association of Clinical Nutrition). A frequent natural health and performance nutrition guest on various TV and radio programs as well as a frequent contributor to national magazines and blogs, KC lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife, Monica, and their five children.
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