ACTION ALERT: Protect Childcare Provider/Employee Medical Freedom

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Protect Childcare Provider/Employee Medical Freedom

Dear Ohio Legislators and ODJFS Bureau of Child Care Licensing and Monitoring:

I urge you to oppose a proposed amendment to Ohio Administrative Code 5101:2-13-07, or similar changes, without also adopting exemption options, including reasons of conscience, religious convictions, and medical contraindication.

The revision in question is as follows: "(3) Have written documentation on file of current immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) from a licensed physician as defined in Chapter 4731, of the Revised Code, physician's assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, certified nurse midwife, certified nurse practitioner or licensed pharmacist."

Individuals who seek exemptions do so for a variety of reasons including negative personal experiences; extensive research of ingredients, risks, and benefits; and religious concerns about the procedure.

Vaccination is an invasive medical procedure with inherent, significant risks including death. Mandatory vaccination violates the principles of informed consent, personal liberty, and religious freedom defined in the Geneva Convention, the Ohio and United States Constitutions, the Civil Rights Act, the American Medical Association’s Code of Medical Ethics, the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, and Ohio Revised Code 2317.54 Informed consent to surgical or medical procedures or course of procedures.

Ohio has a rich tradition of supporting civil liberties and religious/conscience freedoms. Therefore, as a citizen of Ohio, I respectfully request that you oppose these changes to Ohio Administrative Code, or similar changes, without also adopting exemption options. On behalf of all Ohio citizens, I thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

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It came to Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom’s attention that Ohio Department of Job and Family Services may be working to add a change to Ohio Administrative Code. Possible proposed changes.

OAMF made multiple attempts to reach out to ODJFS through multiple channels to receive clarification on this and we have yet to hear back. As several of our members have pointed out, the requirements have been in place for some time. However, the requirements were within an OAC Appendix. The document seen here depicts changes to OAC.

So our best guess at this time is that their intentions are to move the rules from the Appendix directly into OAC. If this is the case, our concern is that they could intend to drop the exemption language that’s currently in the Appendix.

What is OAMF’s position on this possible change?

OAMF believes that mandatory vaccination violates the principles of informed consent, personal liberty, and religious freedom defined in the Geneva Convention, the Ohio and United States Constitutions, the Civil Rights Act, the American Medical Association’s Code of Medical Ethics, the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, and Ohio Revised Code 2317.54 Informed consent to surgical or medical procedures or course of procedures.

What can I do to help protect childcare worker’s rights?

  1. Complete the above letter of opposition.
  2. Write an email or call the ODJFS Bureau of Child Care Licensing and Monitoring:
  3. Write an email or call your legislators:
    • House Commerce & Labor Committee Chair, Gayle Manning, Rep55@ohiohouse.gov, 614-644-5076.
    • House Commerce & Labor Committee Vice-Chair, Bill Dean, Rep74@ohiohouse.gov, 614-466-1470.
    • House Commerce & Labor Committee Ranking Member, Michele Lepore-Hagan, Rep58@ohiohouse.gov, 614-466-9435.
    • House Health Committee Chair, Derek Merrin, Rep47@ohiohouse.gov, 614-466-1731.
    • House Health Committee Vice-Chair, Don Manning, Rep59@ohiohouse.gov, 614-466-6107.
    • House Health Committee Ranking Member, Janine Boyd, Rep09@ohiohouse.gov, 614-644-5079.
    • Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee Chair, Rob McColley, McColley@ohiosenate.gov, 614-466-8150.
    • Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee Vice-Chair, Joe Uecker, Uecker@ohiosenate.gov, 614-466-8082.
    • Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee Ranking Member, Nickie Antonio, Antonio@ohiosenate.gov, 614-466-5123.
    • Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee Chair, Dave Burke, Burke@ohiosenate.gov, 614-466-8049.
    • Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee Vice-Chair, Stephen Huffman, Huffman@ohiosenate.gov, 614-466-6247.
    • Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee Ranking Member, Nickie Antonio, Antonio@ohiosenate.gov, 614-466-5123.
  4. Attend the ODJFS meting in person:
    • Thursday, February 21, 2019, 9:30am-2:30pm.
    • You must RSVP by end of day Tuesday, February 19, 2019 by emailing Angie Kaiser at Angela.Kaiser@jfs.ohio.gov.