UPDATE: There will be a hearing for SB135 before the Senate Finance Committee on 2/18/2020 at 1 PM.
‼️𝗖𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗧𝗢 𝗔𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡!‼️
𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘆𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝘄𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗡𝗢𝗪!
𝐒𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐅𝐞𝐥𝐝𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭 𝟏𝟓, 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗩𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝘄! 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀!
Senator Brian Feldman sponsored SB135, introduced in the early morning hours on Friday, January 10th, 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗱 𝟭𝟲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘂𝗽 𝗯𝗲 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗹𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁.
Text of the bill:
Authorizing a health care provider to provide an immunization to a minor without the consent of certain individuals if the minor is at least 16 years of age and consents to the immunization and the health care provider determines the minor is mature and capable of giving informed consent with regard to the immunization; authorizing a health care provider to provide an immunization to a minor under certain provisions of the Act whether or not a parent is not reasonably available or objects to the provision of the immunization; etc.
𝐖𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐒𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐅𝐞𝐥𝐝𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐥!
Senator Brian Feldman
(410) 841-3169, (301) 858-3169
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3169 (toll free)
If you’re a constituent of his – in District 15 – let him know!
Find your district and representatives here:
The most effective emails are not form letters, but rather written in your own words. Even a brief “I oppose this bill, thank you” is effective and will be tallied. Talking points to discuss in your email:
· This bill proposes that state government should usurp parental authority and supersede individual parental rights. This is fundamentally unconstitutional and grossly invasive.
· 16-year-old minors are not legally allowed to vote, to smoke, or consent to any other invasive medical procedure. These kids are not able to give fully informed consent, nor do they necessarily know the details of their own medical history. It’s inappropriate to place the burden of medical decision making on minors at this age. If this precedent is set, what other medical decisions might the state take away from parents?
· Over 50% of children in the U.S., including Maryland, have a serious chronic health condition. One in sixty children in Maryland (2%) and 1 in 37 boys (3%) are on the autism spectrum. One in six children in the U.S. has a developmental disability and that number is rising. Healthcare providers administering medical procedures may not recognize these disabilities in high functioning children with special needs. How can these children give consent to invasive medical procedures without parental guidance? (If you have a special needs child, tell your story and explain why this bill would be a disaster for your family.)
· The Supreme Court ruled in 1979: “Most children, even in adolescence, simply are not able to make sound judgements concerning many decisions, including their need for medical care or treatment. Parents can and must make those judgements.”
Please spread the word! Let’s flood Senator Feldman’s office with polite, respectful, forceful emails and phone calls. He needs to hear our voices!