UPDATE 1/10/2020: Delegate Grammer Agrees to Pull HB66

โ€ผ๏ธ๐”๐๐ƒ๐€๐“๐„โ€ผ๏ธ 2/3/2020: This bill has been withdrawn.

๐“๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ, ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐๐ž ๐š ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ!

If you feel so obliged, emailing or calling to thank Delegate Grammer for listening to Marylander’s is a wise choice.

โ€ผ๏ธCALL TO ACTION!โ€ผ๏ธ

๐—œ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—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—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐——๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐˜…, 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˜€! ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ!

Delegate Robin Grammer sponsored HB66, introduced in the early morning hours on Thursday, January 9th, 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Ÿฐ 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 consents to the immunization and is at least 14 years old and the health care provider determines that the minor is mature and capable of giving informed consent; authorizing a health care provider to provide an immunization to a minor under a certain provision of the Act whether or not a parent of the minor is reasonably unavailable or objects to the provision of the immunization; etc.

https://legiscan.com/MD/bill/HB66/2020

We need each and every one of you to call and email Delegate Grammer and let him know why you oppose this bill!

Delegate Robin Grammer

(410) 841-3298, (301) 858-3298
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3298 (toll free)
e-mail: [email protected]

https://msa.maryland.gov/โ€ฆ/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa17048.html

If youโ€™re a constituent of his โ€“ in District 6 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. This draconian overreach directly contradicts the principles of the Republican Party platform, on which Delegate Grammer ran and was elected to office.

ยท 14-year-old children are not legally allowed to vote, to smoke, to drive, 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 Delegate Grammerโ€™s office with polite, respectful, forceful emails and phone calls. He needs to hear our voices!

You can also contact members of the Health and Governmental Operations Committee and tell them why you oppose this bill:

https://msa.maryland.gov/โ€ฆ/mdmanโ€ฆ/06hse/html/com/05heal.html

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