Protect Children by Preserving Parental Rights

OUR STAND

  • The American Medical Association (AMA) spent over $20.4 million in 2018. It is a massive lobbying group whose objective is to maximize doctors’ earnings, interests, and protections under law. It has a track record of putting its interests before patients’ interests.
  • In June 2019, the AMA adopted a policy to focus on pressing states to pass laws that remove the vaccine decision from parents of children as young as 12 for the purpose of overriding parental objections to vaccines.
  • The AMA’s focus undermines natural rights and federal law which requires parents to be informed of vaccine information including risks and benefits prior to the distribution of a vaccine.
  • The AMA’s focus undermines natural rights cemented into U.S. law by U.S. Supreme Court precedents affirming long-standing cultural norms of the primary role of parents in the custody, care, and nurture of their children.
  • The AMA is a professional association whose agenda is to maximize its member physicians’ interests by shaping and directing health care policy, public health policy, and industry profitability. The parent’s interest is to make the best decisions for the individual child. The vaccine decision must remain with the child’s parents.

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Stand to Protect Our Medical Parental Rights

Sign the petition to tell your state lawmakers that it is unconstitutional and anti-American to remove a parent’s right to make healthcare decisions for our children.

We stand for our medical, parental, and patient rights to direct the health and well-beng of ourselves and our children. The American Medical Association (AMA) does not. The AMA—one of the strongest lobbying organizations in America[1]—is on a mission to advance the rights of its member doctors to make health care decisions for minor children in contravention of parental authority. The AMA’s agenda is anti-parent, anti-patient, anti-liberty, and pro-medical authoritarianism. In June 2019, the AMA adopted a policy that declares the organization’s focus: press states to pass laws that remove the vaccine decision from parents and place it squarely in the hands of the “mature minor.”[2]  The AMA admits that its motivation is to specifically override the judgment and conviction of “refusinik parents.”[3] Pediatricians administer the most vaccinations. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has publicly stated that it is its priority to override parental concerns.[4] The AMA’s agenda and the AAP’s approach is anti parental rights and anti informed consent.

Existing federal law — the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 — specifically and legally requires parents be informed of vaccine information including risks and benefits prior to the distribution of each vaccine.[5] This same law establishes a compensation program for vaccine injury and death because there is enough risk of harm caused by government-recommended vaccines to necessitate such a program. The choice to vaccinate must remain with parents who know their children’s medical and family history and details about cultural norms and other aspects of their health and upbringing better than anyone else. The Supreme Court affirmed the high responsibility and right of parents to control the upbringing of our children against that of the State in Prince vs Massachusetts (1944): the custody, care, and nurture of the child reside first in the parents, whose primary function and freedom include preparation for obligations the State can neither supply nor hinder.[6]

Our children are the first generation that will not live to be as old as their parents.[7] Chronic disease rates in America have skyrocketed from 12% in the 1980’s to over half of children today. The U.S. has the highest infant mortality rate of all developed countries. Of infants surviving the one year threshold, 54% of them are diagnosed with at least 1 of 20 chronic, autoimmune, or neurological disorders and are at risk of obesity and developmental delays. The same medical system that has overseen this decline in America’s health rates is the one that is on a fast mission to override parental authority to direct the health and well-being of our children. Will we entrust the health decisions of our children to the institutions that have overseen the greatest health decline in human history? It is time to stand up for divine, natural, religious, constitutional, and human rights laws that have guided us well and withstood the test of time.

The AMA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the pharmaceutical industry and its lobbyists are not interested in protecting parental rights or your children’s health[8]. They are not advocating for keeping families together and your children in school. Their concerns are to shape and direct health care policy, public health (conceding its attendant and expected collateral damage), industry profitability, and physician interests. It is clear how and why their agenda is in conflict with US parents. Now is the time to stand and tell your elected officials that you are asking them to protect your rights: the primary role of parents in the upbringing of our children is an enduring tradition that is established beyond debate in the history and culture of Western civilization.[9]

Sign the petition and stand for health freedom and the preservation of parental rights.


[1] “Top Spenders” https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/; “Annual Lobbying by American Medical Association” https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000000068&year=2018

[2] “Highlights from the 2019 AMA Annual Meeting” https://www.ama-assn.org/house-delegates/annual-meeting/highlights-2019-ama-annual-meeting

[3] Id.

[4] “Immunizations, Vaccine Hesitant Parents,” https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/immunizations/Pages/vaccine-hesitant-parents.aspx (accessed August 18, 2019).

[5] 42 U.S. Code § 300aa–26.

[6] Prince v. Massachusetts, 321 U.S. 158 (1944).

[7] A Potential Decline in Life Expectancy in the U.S. in the 21st Cent., N Engl J Med 2005; 352:1138-1145.

[8] “The American Medical Association is a special-interest lobby, not a patient ally,”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-american-medical-association-is-a-special-interest-lobby-not-a-patient-ally (June 27, 2017).

[9] Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S.205, 232-233 (1972).