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Legislators in Texas have been working toward passing a host of laws to reform the state’s Child Protective Services agency. New legislation has been crafted to improve the agency which has seen multiple dilemmas resulting in detrimental safety problems for children in the state. There have been several bills introduced this year aimed at improving the agency. One bill, in particular, House Bill 39, seeks in part to require medical exams to be performed more quickly on children who have been newly placed into the foster care system.

HB 39, introduced by Rep. Gene Wu (D-Houston), would mandate that the state’s Department of Family Protective Services schedule a medical examination for children who have been in temporary state custody for longer than three business days. Children in rural locations would be required to receive a medical exam within seven business days.

While the bill was originally centered around hastening medical exams for new foster children, questions arose regarding whether vaccines would be included as part of these medical exams. Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington), the vice chairman of the Texas Freedom Caucus, introduced an amendment to HB 39 to make vaccinations exempt from the required medical treatments. The bill saw a turbulent debate upon Zedler’s amendment as the discussion turned to childhood vaccines and who should be responsible for crucial medical decisions when custody is obscured.

“You get that child back five, eight, 10 days later, and they’ve now had that surgery or they’ve had these vaccinations,” Zedler said according to Dallas Morning News. “That’s an issue of liberty.”

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Wu was vocal about his belief that the law allows the state to assume authority in such situations. “Let me make very clear: the moment a child is removed from their home- the moment the child is removed- by law, the child is now a child of the state of Texas,” said Wu. “We have the responsibility to make sure that child is safe and is given proper medical care. That is the law.”

“When we put into the law that we are limiting the ability of our agency that is tasked with taking care of a child that is in their custody and they are legally responsible for, we are setting a dangerous precedent,” Wu continued. “This is the same thing I told you when we argued over my bills and this is the same thing I will tell you again when we argue over this bill.”

Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) questioned Wu’s choice of wording: “Mr. Wu, you used the word ‘belongs to the state of Texas.’ Do you want to rethink that wording?” he asked. Strickland then interrupted Wu’s response and went on to ask “True or false: that CPS has taken children and found that they were wrong in doing so? And returned the child? Has that happened, Representative Wu?”  Wu acknowledged that it has occurred “on rare occasions.”

Stickland challenged not only Wu but also Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place), who sought to add an additional amendment in response to the amendment of Zedler’s, which would allow “cancer-preventing” vaccines to be administered, particularly the HPV vaccine.

Davis noted statistics related to cervical cancer deaths and low HPV vaccination rates in Texas and said that “the HPV vaccine will eliminate cervical cancer.” Stickland asked Davis if she believed that parents had the right to choose medical procedures for their children. Davis responded that she believed “children that have been taken from their parents and are in protective custody undergoing a medical examination should be given a vaccine that prevents them from developing cancer.”

Stickland asked Davis if she understood that they were discussing the issue of children in temporary custody with no parental rights terminated during the medical exams. “Agreed, but cancer is not temporary,” Davis answered.

Strickland repeated his question of whether she thinks parents have the right to choose medical procedures for their children, and Davis said that “we have to find a balance because there is absolutely in my opinion zero science behind the fact that any vaccines are systematically harming children.”

Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano) also challenged Davis’ amendment and said that it appeared that her amendment would transfer decision-making authority from families to a physician. Leach asked Davis if her amendment “goes against the wishes” of a child or the parents.

Leach added that he was not interested in deciding which vaccines are “good or bad” or who needs to be vaccinated, but was focusing on the question of who would have the authority to make vaccination decisions under her amendment. “Who at the core at the very basic level, who should make this decision?” Leach asked Davis.

Davis’s amendment was tabled in a 74-64 vote; Zedler’s amendment to prohibit vaccines during medical exams was passed in a 74-58 vote, with another amendment attached by Wu to allow for tetanus shots to be administered in emergencies.

Zedler later said to The Texas Tribune that the majority of parents that he’s communicated with are not overall opposed to vaccines but are troubled by the scheduling. He also said that  “the only one that might possibly be [an emergency] is a tetanus shot.” 

In the video below, Wu makes the ominous claim that parents — who’ve not been found guilty of any wrongdoing — no longer have care over their children and that those children now belong to the state. When the state begins to claim they own our children, something is very wrong.

Wu vs Stickland

In this horrifying moment, Gene Wu for State Representative 137 claims a child in temporary custody, whose parents have NOT been found guilty of any wrong doing, belong to the state. Watch for yourself and then decide how you feel about this idea that, when parental rights have not yet been terminated, the state owns these children! If this doesn't scare you into action, I'm not sure what will. We must stop this complete disregard for parental rights. NOW. Thank you, Rep. Jonathan Stickland for your unwavering comittment to parental rights.#TFVC#parentscalltheshots#thechoiceshouldbeyours#dontCaliforniaMYTexas

تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎Texans For Vaccine Choice‎‏ في 19 مايو، 2017

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New Hampshire-based writer Annabelle Bamforth is focused on breaking the left/right paradigm through new media and local politics. Annabelle is the editor-in-chief of Emmy-winning journalist Ben Swann's Truth In Media Project and a producer for Mr. Swann's Truth In Media episodes.
  • Nevajac Frye

    Years ago I started an organization called, “Justice for Families, Inc.” with the focus on child protective reform. Originally I thought what I was seeing was a rogue local office that was off the rails and committing illegal and egregious actions. I started simply as a support group for parents whose children had been snatched based on false or distorted allegations. Well! What a can of worms I opened up! Starting with this simple premise led me all the way up to Washington, and filthy, rotten corruption on a massive scale. I got involved politically, worked with the media, and many, many collateral organizations and bureaucracies. Of course, the main problem with this issue is that small children are the pawns, the victims. There aren’t many years in a childhood, and those very few years are effectively ruined by a system that was supposed to protect. When Hillary Clinton said, “It takes a village to raise a child”, she was not referring to it in the warm & fuzzy way – the “village” in Hillaryspeak is The State. One of her heroes is C. Henry Kempe, a Communist Party educator who said that children “must be removed from the coarse influence of their families and raised by the State.” Of course there is massive fraud about $$$$, but – the child protection racket is also about social engineering. This is a non-partisan issue and I developed many allies within the government, all the way up. Everyone on the inside knows about this issue – and how corrupt and vile it is, however, because it involves children, everything is conducted in the dark, hiding behind the cloak of confidentiality, making children the perfect pawns – and victims.

    • Damiana

      It’s easy for politicians to disregard children – what good are they? They don’t vote and never make campaign contributions, so I predict that no politician is EVER going to make a decision that benefits nobody but children.

  • Domina Elle

    I’m always amazed that people still believe they are free. You are not free. As far as the power establishment is concerned you don’t own yourself the state owns you. The state owns your children. The state assumes presumes to be the highest authority over our bodies minds and lives. The state has declared consensual sex between consenting adults is not a human right. Every facet of our lives is under government control. The slaves are kept comfortable enough to be convinced they are free. The best kind of slave and much more cost effective.

    • Damiana

      You seem just fine with all this whenever you hear about cops abusing children in “bad schools,” so don’t act like ANY of the shit you just said is a real problem for you.

  • Phil Freeman

    Parens patriea!

  • John Bradley

    Please send me a copy of Representative Wu’s Autopsy report…..

  • Caroline

    Is Wu willing to be responsible for all vaccine injuries and deaths resulting from any vaccination while the child was “property” of the state? This is so outrageous.

  • Dorito Reiss

    “Tetanus shots” (I don’t know why they’re allowed to call them that because they never give just the tetanus portion…it’s always a DTaP or TDaP, or TD…) are not useful in an “emergency situation.” If the patient has been exposed to tetanus the vaccine after the fact wouldn’t even start creating antibodies for weeks and the patient would be dead already. And why are democrats so in love with the state controlling everything and everyone? Why do they fear freedom?

  • Nancy

    THEY SHOULD NOT DO ANY MEDICAL PROCEDURES OR VACCINES unless they get the parent’s permission. Vaccines have many adverse reactions and no child should be getting these shots anyway, they are poison. Especally a shot like HPV, which only 1% even die from cervial cancer. So whomever wants to jab those kids has a financial interest in big pharma…watch out, they are everywhere…they want to give everyone this poison, and especially foster kids, like all the prescription drugs they put them on to keep them numb and unable to express their desire to go home. CPS has been a out of control agency that has become an adoption mill funnel for the state and Title IV federal subsidies. They need to be abolished, no amount of money can fix them. In fact, it’s money that has corrupted them. Take away those federal funds and watch how many kids they take after that. This agency should be for only those who are in immediate danger of harm and neglect. Not for the reasons they remove kids and thousands are sleeping in their offices, and warehoused manned by volunteers, and group homes and foster homes and being abused or worse than where they were removed from. Neglect is a term they use for 80% of the cases, dragging parents thru at least 2 years of court, and making parents do ridiculous classes and all the people making money off of one child, in the court room alone it’s 8 at least, this doesn’t count Dr.s, psychiatrists, and GAL’s. The system isn’t broke, it’s working as it was intended. To break up the families and make the state raise the kids, and the state is failing miserablly, alot of them ending up in sex trafficing…does no one notice how much power they give them and now this? They will go and shoot that kid up with every vaccine they got, then label it special needs and then that is when the big bucks come in. How about someone pass a bill that abolishes them, takes it out of the civil family court into the criminal court, and that is if the parents did do the crime but at least there would be real evidence instead of preponderance of evidence as it is now, no exculpatory evidience is allowed, heresay and lies are allowed. All you people are doing is giving them more power because right now, they are suppose to tell the parents if they are doing any medical procedures and or druging them but they aren’t . They do clinical trials on foster kids, you think they don’t get money for that too? Stop this ridiculous bill.

  • Chris Baker

    What a goddamn clown.