Contact Senator Feldman Now! SB135 Targets Parental Rights, Gives Minors Ability to Consent to Vaccination Against Parents’ Wishes

UPDATE: There will be a hearing for SB135 before the Senate Finance Committee on 2/18/2020 at 1 PM.

โ€ผ๏ธ๐—–๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—”๐—–๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก!โ€ผ๏ธ

๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€, ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ช!

๐’๐ž๐ง๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐…๐ž๐ฅ๐๐ฆ๐š๐ง, ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“, ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„! ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜€!

Senator Brian Feldman sponsored SB135, introduced in the early morning hours on Friday, January 10th, ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜.

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.

https://legiscan.com/MD/bill/SB135/2020

๐–๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ ๐’๐ž๐ง๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐…๐ž๐ฅ๐๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ ๐ก๐ข๐ฆ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ!

Senator Brian Feldman

(410) 841-3169, (301) 858-3169
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3169 (toll free)
e-mail: [email protected]

https://msa.maryland.gov/โ€ฆ/mdmanual/05sen/html/msa13991.html

If youโ€™re a constituent of his โ€“ in District 15 โ€“ let him know!

Find your district and representatives here:

https://maryland.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=177afa87a67746a4ac5496b2d0897fb7

The most effective emails are not form letters, but rather written in your own words. Even a brief โ€œI oppose this bill, thank youโ€ is effective and will be tallied. Talking points to discuss in your email:

ยท This bill proposes that state government should usurp parental authority and supersede individual parental rights. This is fundamentally unconstitutional and grossly invasive.

ยท 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. Itโ€™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?

ยท 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.)

ยท The Supreme Court ruled in 1979: โ€œMost 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.โ€
(https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-supreme-court/442/584.html)

Please spread the word! Letโ€™s flood Senator Feldman’s office with polite, respectful, forceful emails and phone calls. He needs to hear our voices!

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