The War Against Vaccine Safety

Legislators, public health officials, professional physician associations, and pharmaceutical vaccine corporations are aligned and on a mission to abolish the right to decline mandatory vaccines. Why are they being met with fierce resistance? Unlike with any other pharmaceutical product, the industry and physicians have no liability for any injury or death resulting from vaccines. Parents, who are the sole stakeholders with full responsibility for adverse outcomes, are demanding reassurances regarding vaccine safety. They also want their Constitutionally protected rights and responsibilities as parents for informed consent in medical decisions to be honored.   

Lawmakers respond to the increasing volume of questions of safety with calls for stricter mandates and calls for full compliance with the ever-expanding vaccine schedule. Parents don’t feel heard even though an unprecedented number are contacting their legislators across the country, writing letters, making phone calls, and requesting meetings. Some are willing to  be arrested,[1] lose relationships, sacrifice community, leave schools, lose credentials, and jeopardize livelihoods. If the science is settled, if vaccines are universally safe and effective, why are so many willing to risk so much?  Why do legislators risk voter disgust and resort to coercive laws for a medical product that enriches the very unpopular pharmaceutical industry?[2] Above all else, the vaccine program relies on trust and confidence to work as designed.[3] So why is discussion on this issue so taboo?

When something doesn’t make sense, it’s time to take a closer look.

  • Governments want people fully vaccinated with every vaccine they require. They want this for the public health. They want this for national security, defined in part as supporting a robust domestic pharmaceutical industry that can engage in and defend against biowarfare. They want this for the special interest groups who lobby them hard. These include drug companies, which make billions of dollars selling vaccines globally, and health care professionals, who make a living vaccinating children with about 35 doses of 14 vaccines during at least 8 “well visits” in a child’s first year of life, and numerous more visits to give over three dozen more doses for kindergarten, 6th grade, plus annual flu shots, and the teen meningococcal shots.[4] At age 19, kids jump to the adult schedule for more.[5]
  • Governments want this so badly that they require parents to get their children vaccinated or they can’t go to daycare or school. They care more about giving kids vaccines than an education. Did you know the federal government has ruled that hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a protected disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act? You can’t deny an HBV positive child school admission — that’s called unlawful exclusion. But a healthy child who’s missing a single dose of a mandatory vaccine? No school.
  • Governments granted virtual blanket liability protection to vaccine makers in 1986 when they threatened to exit the business. Vaccine manufacturers were tired of getting sued and paying multimillion dollar settlements. The U.S. government agreed to shield the manufacturers and to pass along the costs to consumers through an excise tax, currently $0.75 from each dose of vaccine administered.
  • Why were they getting sued? Because vaccines are not safe products. This is why the federal government set up a federal vaccine injury compensation program[6] and a federal vaccine adverse events reporting system.[7] Vaccines catastrophically injure and kill some people. This is undisputed. Vaccine injury and death are acknowledged by governments which require them, manufacturers which make them, and the health care professionals who administer them. This knowledge doesn’t match their reflexive response to vaccine concerns: “vaccines are safe and effective and have saved millions of lives.” The cognitive dissonance is why professional and public health leaders get so mad when people question vaccines, decline shots, do research, organize and activate to stand up for their rights.
  • Governments don’t want people questioning vaccines. Period. Let that sink in. Vaccine hesitancy is a top ten global public health threat, says the World Health Organization.[8] If you hesitate to vaccinate — if you ask questions about the cause of your child’s seizures, anaphylaxis, autism, asthma, ADHD, OCD — you are a threat.
  • If you question vaccines, governments are going after you. No daycare or school for your kids. They’re going after your doctors, too. Think that’s an exaggeration? Keep reading. With the passage of SB276, the State of California — supported by powerful institutional backers — has declared war on parents and the professionals who support them.
  • No one can question vaccine safety. Not even people who are vaccine injured. “Vaccine injury is so rare, it almost never happens,” we are told. But why the need to protect industry and doctors? But why remove legal recourse, which is the only incentive for the pharmaceutical industry to make safer shots? Don’t ask questions. There is overwhelming pressure to be obedient. Be a good employee, a good patient, a good parent. Compliant. Don’t ask questions.

What is the appropriate role of government in our lives?

Forced compliance with the vaccine program is showing up in the form of stricter legislation all across the country. This is a big deal. We are losing our rights. The state is eliminating exemptions. It is inserting itself between doctors and patients. It is lowering the age of consent to 12 years (sixth grade). It is banning discussions about vaccine safety on social and mainstream media. It is mobilizing powerful institutional and high profile players, including schools, hospitals, pharmacies, research centers, celebrities, and more.

Now what?

It’s time to organize in new ways. Stand for Health Freedom was created to empower the people with digitally scalable, grassroots health activism, making it possible to educate and impact their lawmakers from home with only a few clicks.

What is the significance of California’s new law, SB276?

In an unprecedented and historic move, and in flagrant disregard of the pleas of huge numbers of distraught voters, lawmakers moved decisively to insert the state of California between doctors and their patients,[9] aggressively seizing the right for state-appointed officials to access and override private medical advice when it counsels against vaccination due to individual risk (or an already established medical history) of catastrophic injury and death. All Democrats voted for it. When confronted with this unprecedented and overreaching special interest bill, the party that used to stand for the rights of women, for the marginalized, disenfranchised, vulnerable, and bullied, and for freedom of choice, did not stand for the rights of  children and the parents who protect them.

This law drives a wedge between physicians and patients. Who will offer medical care for these children who cannot be vaccinated based on adverse reactions to earlier vaccines? Even prior to the passage of SB 276 and SB 714, doctors have been moving to safeguard their livelihoods and reputations. There were already around 800 California doctor offices on record refusing care to even partly unvaccinated children who sustained anaphylaxis following vaccination.[10] Doctors are taking action to avoid scrutiny and ensure they are not perceived as anti-vaccine. It is not safe to express legitimate concerns about a pharmaceutical product that is understood to be so dangerous that all professionals who administer vaccines and the entire vaccine industry sought (and obtained) liability protection. Immunity for industry and doctors. Mandates or no schools for families.

Access to medical care will only get worse for California children with these new laws promoting the practice of government-legislated, one-size-fits-all medicine. The new law allows medical exemptions to be temporarily grandfathered in, however, periodic reapproval of exemptions based upon CDC/ACIP/AAP list of contraindications is required. The list is so restrictive that 99% of all children with existing exemptions will not qualify and will therefore be ineligible for public school when the new criteria are enacted.

The real crisis is one of chronically ill and neurologically damaged children, which lawmakers are not moving to address. None of the representatives who voted yes to California’s shocking new laws can answer the question, “Where are the autoimmune diseases and developmental disorders in our children coming from?” The rates of sick American children have been skyrocketing, from 12.8% for those born in the 1980’s to 54% today[11] — the same disorders listed in the vaccine package inserts — in lockstep with a three-fold increase in the pediatric vaccine schedule during the same timeframe.

This California law marks a watershed moment in US history as it relates to bioethics and human rights. Will we become a country that allows big industry and governments the right to forcibly or coercively inject citizens with known unsafe, liability-free products in contravention of international human rights standards around the world? For decades since World War II, when free people across the globe said “never again,” the field of bioethics has grown dramatically. International norms have upheld the rights of citizens in free nations to prior, free, and informed consent. This was affirmed most recently in the Universal Declaration of Bioethics and Human Rights in 2005.[12] Are we ready to backtrack so easily and for what? What are governments not telling us?

What is the appropriate role of corporate power in making the laws that impact our lives?

There is undue influence, driven by a government-industry revolving door[13] and relentless pursuit of profits.  Ignoring causes, Drug companies are peddling inauthentic solutions. Our children are medicalized, their diagnoses are commoditized, and pharmaceutical solutions are institutionalized into the fabric of our lives. Mandatory vaccines are required to go to school. ADHD meds are required to stay in school. Epi-pens and inhalers and anti-inflammatory drugs are logged with school nurses across the country.

Where are our children in this equation? There’s a bullseye on their backs.  The pediatric drug market, the multinational, multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical corporations — the most hated industry in America[14] — see dollar signs behind their products used to treat children for asthma, allergies, seizures, tics, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, anaphylaxis, ADHD, anxiety, depression and more.[15]  Counting on a free press to keep them in line? Don’t, they’re also bought. The US now ranks a shocking 48th in press freedom[16] and, for the first time since the index was started in 2002, was most recently included with countries described as “problematic” for its treatment of journalists.[17]

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Are you breathing a sigh of relief that you don’t live in California? New Yorkers and Mainers aren’t. Both states recently lost the religious exemption and they know what’s coming next. Do you? Think it’s an accident that California is in Pharma’s crosshairs? California is the world’s sixth largest economy and the beating heart of our popular and celebrity culture. If the progressive, Wild West can be tamed, it  establishes a legislative and cultural precedent — expect to see other state dominoes falling soon. There are bills moving in over a dozen states — maybe in yours? And we’re not just talking about daycare and secondary school.  Institutions that are not required to follow state vaccine law are doing so just the same. Expect to see  colleges, summer camps, and private athletic and academic programs follow suit. Unwilling to assume the professional, reputational, and insurance risk, many hundreds of doctors across the country are quietly terminating vaccine-hesitant families, a trend that the AAP endorsed over ten years ago[18]. Many ignored it then. Will you take a stand now?

In this environment, vaccine targets wait for no one. The call for mandatory vaccination succeeds because — in the appeal for public health and in your mind’s eye — vaccines are always for someone else and vaccine injuries always happen to someone else. Until they come home to you. First, we start with the children who are vectors of disease. Then the pregnant and elderly and health-compromised, who are more vulnerable, plus the health care professionals and first responders who serve them. Look for an appeal to police, firefighters, teachers, and clergy. It will soon be followed by people who work in corporate campuses, shopping malls, airports, sports stadia, churches, and other densely populated areas. Homeschoolers have already been targeted in the media as illegitimate loopholes of the vaccine hesitant to legislated against next. Before too long, it will be you. Regardless of your philosophy, religion, or current health status, you will be affected by this issue.

Where do you stand? If we aren’t in the active process of creating the society we want, we will be swept up in the passive process of the society we’ll get. 

Stand for the health of our children and say no to the systematic dismantling of our rights. Stand for Health Freedom expands grassroots advocacy to the digital world and your backyard. We make it easy for concerned citizens to connect with lawmakers, media outlets, and others in positions of influence. Join Stand for Health Freedom today! Start here. Sign this key petition to demand that lawmakers and vaccine makers prioritize safety in America’s childhood vaccine program. 

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[1] The Sacramento Bee, “Gavin Newsom Signs California Vaccine Law after Activists’ Arrests and Capitol Protests” Sept. 9, 2019,

[2] Gallup, “Business and Industry Sector Ratings” 2019 (pharmaceutical industry rated last with a score of -31, below the federal government)

[3]Pediatrics, Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Protecting Public Trust in Immunization” 122; 149-53 (2008),

[4] CDC Immunization Schedules, Child & Adolescent Immunization Schedule (2019),

[5] CDC Immunization Schedules, Adult Immunization Schedule (2019),

[6] Health Resources & Services Administration, “National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program,’

[7] Health and Human Services, “VAERS,”

[8] World Health Organization, “Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019,”

[9] California Legislative Information, “SB-276 Immunizations: medical exemptions. (2019-2020),

[10] Advocates for Physicians Rights, “California is Killing Medical Exemptions” (moms call 800 California primary care physicians looking for a doctor to care for their child),

[11] Bethel et. Al, “A National and State Profile of Leading Health Problems” (2011)

[12] UNESCO, “Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights” (adopted by UNESCO’s General Conf. on Oct. 19, 2005)

[13] Reuters, Health News, “Former CDC Head Lands Vaccine Job at Merk”

[14] See fn 2.

[15] BCC Research, “Pediatric Medicines: Global Markets”

[16] Reporters Without Borders, “2019 World Press Freedom Index” (United States ranked 48th)

[17] The Washington Post, “Report: U.S. declines again in press-freedom index, falls to ‘problematic’ status”

[18] AAP News, “All Star Pediatrics’ Vaccine Policy Statement” Vol. 29, No. 5 (May 2008),

Jill Hines

Directory of Advocacy
A former banker turned homeschool mom, Jill Hines began researching alternatives to conventional medicine in 2010 and what she discovered changed the trajectory of her life. She corrected a worrisome health issue, and embraced a natural approach to wellness. Advocating for informed consent and parental rights became a full-time mission when she joined the board of the Georgia Coalition for Vaccine Choice and later became the co-director of Health Freedom Louisiana. Due to her advocacy efforts during the COVID crisis, Jill was one of 25 Louisianans selected by Central City News as “a hero of the constitutional crisis.” She was also presented the Impact Award for Outstanding Public Service from the government watchdog organization Citizens for a New Louisiana. Jill now represents hundreds of millions of Americans who experienced censorship due to the Biden administration's efforts to suppress disfavored speech as a plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit Missouri v. Biden. Jill holds a marketing degree from Louisiana Tech University and now passionately “sells” health freedom full-time. Serving as Stand for Health Freedom’s advocacy director provides an incredible opportunity to advance the growing movement to preserve the sacred right to refuse unwanted medical interventions for ourselves and our children without fear of retribution.
“We have lived through a terrifying societal, psychological, and medical experiment which afforded us a knowledge that our forefathers tried to impart and we can no longer ignore: Our freedom is tenuous. For our children’s sake, the time is now to take a stand for health freedom.”

Chrissy Scott

Executive Assistant and Social Media Manager

A labor and delivery nurse with a lifelong passion for maternal and fetal health, Chrissy Scott left her job of 19 years after learning the truth about the harms caused by the medical system. In 2009, she was mandated by her employer to receive the H1N1 vaccine during her first trimester of pregnancy with her second child. She was assured that the vaccine was “safe and effective” for pregnant women, but her son was born with a kidney defect that could have been fatal. She didn’t connect the dots to vaccine injury until several years later when the declining health of her oldest son drove her to seek answers outside of allopathic medicine.

This personal journey ignited in her a new passion for truth and transparency in health care. As SHF’s Executive Assistant, Chrissy facilitates communication and local advocacy initiatives alongside Leah Wilson for their home state of Indiana. She also manages and creates graphics for SHF’s social media accounts and the website’s swag shop.

Chrissy earned her nursing degree from Anderson University and served her entire career at her local hospital. While she’s no longer a floor nurse, her five very active boys frequently test her nursing skills! She homeschools her children and has been co-owner of a successful home décor sign business with her sister.

“Parents, being the experts on their own children, are best suited to make decisions for the well-being of their family. To do this properly, they must be given full and accurate information and be free from force or coercion.”

Ellen Chappelle


Ellen Chappelle serves as SHF’s resident wordsmith. A seasoned writer and editor, she’s enthusiastic about ensuring that our content is clear, concise, and inspiring.

Ellen is most energized by working on projects that transform lives. A truth seeker as well as a journalist, she’s disturbed by the lack of accuracy in today’s media and determined to help share fact rather than fiction. And having found greater healing with alternative approaches, she’s also passionate about preserving our freedom to make informed health choices.

Past projects include serving as regional editor of a dog magazine, color and trend specialist for a small cosmetics company, arts columnist, newspaper reporter, ghostwriter, and creator of website content for artists and small businesses.

With a degree in journalism and theatre, Ellen is also a performer. She enjoyed singing and dancing on a cruise ship and traveling with a national musical theatre tour, as well as recording industrial videos, television commercials, and radio voiceovers. She also creates handcrafted jewelry in wire, chain maille, and fused glass.

“Despite what some would have us believe, the fact remains that this nation was founded on biblical principles by people who wanted freedom to worship God and live their lives without government involvement. It’s never been more critical to fight for those rights.”


Executive Director and Co-founder

An attorney with a background in complex litigation and advocacy, Leah Wilson is passionate about children’s health and has researched and worked on child welfare issues for more than a decade.

The overmedication of children in foster care as a form of behavior management is what compelled Leah to become an advocate and foster parent. During her time as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children, Leah witnessed the rampant use of psychiatric drugs among foster kids. She also discovered that, in addition to many extensive requirements, the state had a policy that all foster children and foster families be fully vaccinated, without exception. Through her involvement in law, health and the foster care system, it became abundantly clear to Leah that the single most important issue affecting child welfare in the United States is the practice of one-size-fits-all medicine via medical mandates. This motivated Leah to expand her advocacy beyond foster care to all children nationwide and to start Stand for Health Freedom (SHF) in 2019.

A graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law, Leah holds dual bachelor degrees in political science and Spanish from Indiana University. In addition to her advocacy work with SHF, Leah is the owner and former operations director of MaxLiving Indy, one of the largest natural health centers in the Midwest. She is also an educator on holistic health as well as a sought-after speaker on issues ranging from religious rights to greening your home.

“Parental rights and religious freedom are God-given natural rights that cannot arbitrarily be taken away by government authorities. Parents are the single most important factor in a child’s success; I stand in full support of this sacred relationship.”

Sayer JI

Director and Co-founder

Sayer Ji is a widely recognized researcher, author, lecturer, activist, and educator on natural health modalities. Among his many roles, he is an advisor to Stand for Health Freedom, a reviewer and editor of the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, an advisory board member of the National Health Federation, a steering committee member of the Global GMO Free Coalition, and the co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed Inc., a revolutionary scientific validation framework.

Most notably, Sayer is the founder of, the world’s most widely referenced, evidence-based natural health resource of its kind. He founded the platform in 2008 to provide an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. Today, has more than a million visits per month, serving as a trusted resource on myriad health and wellness topics to physicians, healthcare practitioners, clinicians, researchers and consumers worldwide.

Sayer attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he studied under the notable American philosopher Dr. Bruce W. Wilshire. He received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1995, with a focus on the philosophy of science. His new book, Regenerate: Unlocking Your Body’s Radical Resilience through the New Biology, was released in March 2020 and is an Amazon bestseller.

“I truly believe that education will be our greatest shield against accelerating the erosion of civil liberties, including the right to bodily sovereignty, as well as the greatest catalyst for positive change on this planet moving forward.”

Bailey Kuykendoll

Associate Director

Designer and visual marketer Bailey Kuykendoll began advocating for health and religious freedom and parental rights in 2014 after learning she was pregnant. A self-described skeptic, she’s not afraid to ask questions and do copious amounts of research to reach her own conclusions.

She’s also not afraid of hard work. As SHF’s Relationship Manager, Bailey truly keeps the organizational boat afloat. Working closely with health freedom advocates in each state, she ensures that SHF has campaigns for health-freedom-related bills and petitions on our website and across social media, spreading the word to encourage people to contact their legislators. She builds campaigns, graphics, website pages, and relationships.

Bailey earned a design degree from Harrington Institute of Design in 2008. She then served as a production assistant on several shows for HGTV, followed by working behind the scenes on the X Factor, small indie films, music videos, and documentaries. Bailey joined Health Freedom Florida after moving to the East Coast, becoming co-president of the grassroots organization in 2019. While at Health Freedom Florida, she successfully filed a state bill designed to stop discrimination based on your health status. She joined SHF in the fall of 2020.

“God placed a calling on my heart back in 2008 to be a part of something bigger for Him. Twelve years later, the opportunity came knocking to help others lean into their natural-born rights and take a stand for themselves and their families. I knew this is where I was called to be, and I have never looked back.”

Valerie Borek


Valerie Borek is a passionate advocate for health rights and family privacy. A mother of two with degrees in law and biochemistry, she is perfectly positioned to lead SHF advocates through complex health-rights policy. Her work is guided by a love for American values, uncovering truth, and a passion for empowering others. Valerie has served as SHF’s policy analyst since 2021.

Valerie’s understanding of the value of freedom to make one’s own health care choices is not just academic. Health freedom has kept her boys alive and thriving. Her choice to have home births jump-started her advocacy for health privacy. Her eldest son survived a rare and deadly cancer because her family was able to navigate medical care while holding onto values that were sometimes at odds with recommendations.

Before joining SHF, Valerie specialized in health and parenting rights at her boutique law firm, especially surrounding birth and vaccine rights. She advocated for informed consent in health care and transparent food labeling in her state. She helped found the Birth Rights Bar Association and was honored to present their argument to the Delaware Supreme Court that midwifery is not the practice of medicine, in support of a trailblazing midwife.

“Health is the foundation of how we show up in this world to love, serve, and create. Americans are blessed to live in a country that gets stronger the more we protect fundamental rights, like informed consent and privacy, so individuals and families can thrive.”

Mary Katherine LaCroix


Mary Katherine LaCroix became involved with SHF as a volunteer in 2019 when the religious exemption for childhood vaccines was at risk in her home state of New Jersey. She believes strongly that parents have the responsibility for their children’s health, education, and faith formation and that only they have the right to make medical decisions and manage their care.

She has worked in fundraising for more than 25 years at various educational, cultural, human services, and political organizations. A graduate of the University of Scranton, she holds a degree in History and English Literature.

Mary Katherine is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with and help grow SHF, believing that together we can achieve even greater impact in protecting our rights and caring for our loved ones. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and large extended family, as well as volunteering to support the special needs community.

“Parents are taught that they must trust the experts. That’s what we did, until we learned that the experts can be wrong and don’t always know what is best for your child. Parents should instead feel empowered by their natural, God-given ability to advocate and care for their children. SHF is here to give them the tools to do just that.”

Sheila Ealey

Political Analyst

Dr. Sheila Lewis Ealey is the founder and former director of the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana, a therapeutic day school for children who are on the autism spectrum or struggling with other nonverbal intellectual disabilities. The wife of a former U.S. Coast Guard Officer, she is also the mother of four children. Her son was diagnosed with severe autism spectrum disorder at 18 months. He is now a young man and considered moderate and emerging.

Sheila and her twins were featured in the documentary “Vaxxed.” She has traveled extensively, advocating for medical freedom. She continues to educate disenfranchised parents about their fundamental rights to religious and philosophical exemptions, their ability to live sustainably on a limited budget, and the importance of nutrition and biomedical interventions for optimum health with autism. She also writes individual homeschool curriculums for parents of children with autism or intellectual disorders. Sheila is a trustee for the Autism Trust, USA, and on the board of directors of Children’s Health Defense.

Over the past 20 years, she has educated herself to use natural healing modalities for the body and brain. Her formal education includes degrees in communication, special education curriculum, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership in Special Education. Sheila serves as an assistant content advisor and political analyst for SHF.

“It is not the Constitution’s job to protect our liberties, as it is not a philosophical document but a legal one. Its purpose is to limit the powers and authority of our federal government in hopes of preventing an intrusion upon our unalienable rights. We are obliged to maintain our government within its limits.”

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