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W.Va. senators deny parents due process

March 24, 2012
The Inter-Mountain


Sen. Ron Stollings, a medical doctor in the West Virginia Legislature, made several statements in a Feb? 22 WOWKTV interview. He is quoted as saying, "states with vaccine exemptions have higher rates of diseases like measles, mumps and diphtheria." He adds "kids who are not vaccinated could put kids at risk who are."

Both blanket statements are simply untrue and perpetuate unrealistic fears. Sen. Stollings goes on to say, that he "is working on a study resolution that he and other senators plan to introduce in the Education Committee. The study would last a year and show both sides of the vaccination issue in hopes of ending the issue in the state."

Parents across the state were pleased with the reasonable efforts the Senate appeared to be taking, and were assured that the issue would be given attention throughout the year during Senate Interim Committee meetings.

Although the need for non-medical exemptions regarding childhood immunization, as 48 other states provide, was brought to the legislative forefront in the in the form of Senate Bill 50 on the first day of the 2012 Legislative Session, many ranking Senate members drug out the legislative process in order to not deal with citizens' demands. Sen. Plymale, chair of the Senate Education Committee, where the bill began, refused to answer the emails, phone calls or faxes from over 100 parents asking for help in ending mandated health care for our children.

Only after more than 200 parents rallied on the Capitol steps on Feb. 22 demanding their voice be heard and demanding their Constitutional rights, did Sen. Stollings promise a "study" in a quote to WOWKTV. However, Sen. Stollings also ignored phone calls, emails and faxes from parents for nearly two months. And in the end, all of the stall tactics worked. Although the Senate did vote for the issue to be studied during the interim sessions, the House received the "study resolution" late in the day of the last day of the 2012 Legislative Session and were not given an opportunity to vote on the measure.

If Sen. Stollings' goal is to end the issue (of forced immunization) in the state, as he was quoted, he will not be pleased with the backlash which is brewing. Parents suffering as a result of current unconstitutional, antiquated law who were ignored, placated and treated with complete disrespect are rallying vigorously and planning a larger grassroots movement in the coming months.

The grassroots movement, We the Parents, has enjoyed favorable press, especially on a national level, and will continue to get the word out on all levels. In addition, expect billboards, radio interviews, rallies, documentary viewings and major media saturation on local levels specific to West Virginia counties. The movement includes parents, professionals, churches and veterans, and is growing by leaps and bounds. They are committed to the goal of ensuring that Mountaineers are indeed always free.

For more information, visit or call Lori Lee at 304-532-5412 or email at info@blue

Addie Bryson




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