The Obama administration could be compelled to respond to a petition on the WhiteHouse.gov website which opposes mandatory vaccinations, with over 100,000 Americans expressing their opposition to forced shots.
Entitled ‘Prohibit Any Laws Mandating the Force and Requirement of Vaccinations of Any Kind’, the petition states;
“No human being should be FORCED to be vaccinated against their will and/or personal/religious beliefs. I petition against making vaccinations of any kind mandatory. This includes forcing children to be vaccinated to attend public schools, activities, and daycare centers. This also includes adults working in the public or private sector.”
Although the White House does not respond to every petition that reaches its signature goal, the ‘We the People’ website states, “If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”
The petition has already met its 100,000 target, which will force the White House to at least consider a response. Each signatory is an American citizen who has to provide a name and address.
Some claimed that the website had deliberately frozen the number of signatures on the petition after it was stuck on 56,791 signatures for a period of two days.
The petition was prompted by a national debate over the past month which began after Senator Rand Paul said that vaccines should be voluntary. Since then, the media has engaged in a full court press effort to bolster the public image of vaccines while savaging “anti-vaxxers” as a danger to public health.
Many in the media also blamed California’s measles outbreak on “anti-vaxxers,” with USA Today’s Alex Berezow declaring, “Parents who do not vaccinate their children should go to jail.”
New legislation introduced in California would outlaw waivers that allow parents to exempt their children from basic vaccinations on personal or religious grounds.
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