I’m going to try and talk about compulsory vaccination and compulsory immunization and their place or lack there of one within our legal and moral system.
I want to mention the compulsory medical procedure pros and cons, but more-so focus on whether the government requirement of medical procedures is constitutional or not, for minors and adults.
I won’t be talking about the effectiveness of vaccines, rather I will discuss the rights issue. The problem here is that there is research showing that vaccines work and research showing vaccines can cause problems,and all sides on the issue must realize that.
Also, I think deciding whether vaccines are safe or not is more of a scientific and personal issue. What I will be talking about is my opinion (and hopefully yours in the comments) on whether compulsory vaccination is right or not in our legal system.
While I believe immunization and vaccination are scientific and personal, that does not prevent me from believing compulsory immunization is a legal and public issue because it affects all of us, exerting the opinion of a majority upon a minority, through force.
[Doctor Ron Paul discusses the issue of Compulsory Immunization]
As an “entry-level” example of this issue, California Assembly Bill 499 was a bill that would allow for children as young as 12 years old to get sexually transmitted disease vaccinations without the consent of their parents. There are many issues with this, including the issue that vaccination campaigns and manufacturer companies will run ads convincing these young girls to get the vaccinations, likely in government school cafeterias, without the approval of their parents: legal guardians.
So we have a government petitioning children in government schools, where the only authority children know is the employees, to get vaccinated, before their parents even know or approve, despite being the legal guardians under the law?
If this government already participates in compulsory immunization and vaccination to use a school system respective parent’s salaries are taxed for, and parents are using the school system after a passage of this or similar legislation, school officials will surely intimidate students into vaccinating or immunizing without parental knowledge or consent, and surely utilize tactics to remove “unapproved” children.
[Judge Andrew Napolitano on compulsory vaccination]
If vaccines work so well, and I am not implying they do not, why is it necessary that everyone be required and forced? In a free society, certain individuals would choose to get them and others wouldn’t. If the vaccines are effective and important enough to require and force, then why not let their benefits and discussion do the convincing? If the product, or in this case, medical procedure, is valid and effective, others will be convinced into participating and supporting, rather than forced. Forcing will not solve the issue in any manner other than motivating others to resort to force, rather than discussion and adoption.
It is my opinion that Mandatory vaccines violate the Constitution in three different amendments.
First, mandatory vaccines violate the individual’s first amendment rights to Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression. Your beliefs include your body and the philosophy by which you run it can include not getting vaccinations and that is protected under the first amendment. This does not mean private business and individuals are forced to assemble or alter their rules, but instead, that government may not force a medical procedure upon an individual who owns his body, which is the case if you are free to practice speech, religion, and expression.
Second, mandatory immunization and vaccination violate the 9th amendment, which does not limit individual Rights to those enumerated within the Constitution. Ownership of body was a prerequisite to the text and principles declared in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. If it was not believed that you owned your body, the Bill of Rights might as well be void, because it was based upon natural Rights and self-evidence.
Third, forced vaccinations violate the 14th amendment, which protects individuals against the state making any law that unreasonably violates your rights or robs you of life and/or liberty, and is applied to the States.
So while I believe that you are free to choose to undergo medical procedures under the advice of a medical professional, and for businesses to respond and create or not do so, I do not believe it is legal, moral, or Constitutional, for government to make medical procedures compulsory, because that violates the fundamental natural right of owning your body and being free from force for opinion and way of life.