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Uprising Against HPV Vaccine Mandate Sweeps Rhode Island

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“The parents have the right to make the choice for their family, and if they feel it is not appropriate for their family, they should be able to simply say no.” — Aimee Gardiner, Rhode Islanders Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations

Rhode Island health bureaucrats are facing an uprising among parents, lawmakers, and even some doctors after issuing a  deeply controversial vaccine mandate last month. Unless it is reversed, the decree purports to require that all 7th grade students, generally about 11-years old, be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease (STD) prior to starting school in September. Despite making headlines nationwide amid growing protests and public outrage about what critics say is an attack on parental rights, state officials reportedly have no plans to back down on the HPV shot. Neither do activists, though, and state lawmakers are already vowing to take action.

Leading the public outcry against the mandate is the recently formed grassroots group Rhode Islanders Against Mandated HPV Vaccinations. In a statement to The New American, Aimee Gardiner, co-leader of the organization, said the goal was to protect parental and civil rights. “Mandating a vaccine that is attached to school attendance that is not a public health threat or transferable in the classroom is not okay,” she said. “It is bad public policy, and it is a bad use of power from the Rhode Island Department of Health.”

The campaign, which seeks to have the governor overturn the mandate, uses the Twitter hashtag #NOHPVmandateRI. Gardiner explained that the public was not even informed about the mandate, except in an announcement on the health department’s website, “which is not a place of regular checking for any average citizen.” Most citizens found out about it either from threatening letters sent by schools, or from recent media reports surrounding the growing statewide movement to quash the mandate. Outrage is still growing.

“This vaccine strikes people in different ways,” Gardiner continued. “Many are upset that this is a sexually transmitted disease and the Department of Health is mandating it. That crosses the line with personal and family values and points of appropriate discussions, as many parents feel an STD conversation is not needed at 11 years old.”

Citing U.S. government data, Gardiner also noted that the Gardasil vaccine in question has three times more reported adverse reactions than all other vaccines combined. Numerous deaths and permanent disabilities have been reported following administration of the vaccine. Gardiner also said that there is no proof that the vaccine has stopped a single case of cervical cancer, and that the shot has not been around long enough to know what the long-term side effects might be.

“The Department of Health says it has no plans to reverse the mandate,” she continued. “However, we also have no plans of stopping our efforts until the mandate is reversed.”

Last week, about 100 members and supporters of the group, including three doctors and four state lawmakers, held a rally and press conference at the Cumberland Public Library ahead of a presentation by health bureaucrats on the vaccine mandate. The outraged crowd, mostly concerned parents, carried hand-made signs with slogans such as “my child, my choice,” “no mandate,” and “it’s a family’s choice, not the government’s,” showed pictures published online by local media outlets and activists.

Among those speaking was Dr. Mark Brady, who told the crowd that the vaccine mandate “smacks of paternalism” and that the health department “cannot demonstrate a clear and present danger from the virus.” Another doctor, Christopher Black, told the crowd that he did not want his patients, children, or friends’ children to be part of an “experiment.” “Who is going to back us up when something goes terribly wrong?” he asked.

Others spoke out against adverse reactions to vaccines suffered by their own children. Dr. Stephen Petteruti, for example, said his stepson suffered temporary blindness after a vaccination, which has still not been investigated, The Valley Breeze reported. Local mother Michelle Rennick, meanwhile, described as many as 10 different diseases that afflicted her daughter after receiving the controversial HPV vaccine. Taxpayers have paid out around $3 billion to victims of vaccines or their families, because U.S. lawmakers granted vaccine makers immunity from having to pay damages owing to injuries or deaths caused by their products.

On August 25, the Coventry School Committee unanimously adopted a resolution by committee member James Pierson opposing the mandate. Citing medical ethics on informed consent and more than a dozen lawmakers who are opposed to the mandate, at least one of whom was in attendance, the resolution calls on Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo and health bureaucrats to reverse the decree. Only one other state and the District of Columbia have similar mandates, the resolution added. Every parent who spoke at the Coventry meeting was opposed to the mandate. Other local school authorities are expected to follow suit.

State health bureaucrats, though, citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), claim that the HPV vaccine they mandated is safe and will protect the young children from the Human Papilloma Virus. “The bottom line is that HPV is the most sexually transmitted disease in the U.S.” argued Tricia Washburn, chief of the immunization office at the Rhode Island Department of Health, last month. “We are interested in protecting the public health. We feel it shouldn’t be treated any differently than any of the other vaccines recommended by the CDC.”

Of course, the CDC is currently facing its own vaccine-related scandals after a whistleblower, senior CDC epidemiologist Dr. William Thompson, revealed that he helped the federal agency unlawfully conceal data linking the MMR vaccine to drastically increased rates of autism—especially in black children. Doctors and U.S. lawmakers are demanding a formal investigation of the dangerous fraud, and accountability for those responsible for the deception. But so far, nothing has been done.

Unlike most states, Rhode Island currently mandates all CDC-“recommended” vaccines for children in schools. But nationwide, concerns about the “recommendations” are spreading like wildfire—particularly considering that the number of “recommended” vaccines from the unconstitutional bureaucracy has ballooned from 10 shots before age six in 1983 to almost 40 before age six today.

In response to the growing uproar against the HPV mandate in Rhode Island, health bureaucrats emphasized that parents could still use legally protected religious or medical exemptions to opt their children out of the vaccine. But critics such as Gardiner say that is not acceptable. “The parents have the right to make the choice for their family, and if they feel it is not appropriate for their family, they should be able to simply say no,” she said, adding that the religious exemptions are tracked within the educational system. The mandate applies to children going into seventh grade in both government and private schools.

Some lawmakers, though, are planning a legislative counter-attack that could rein in the bureaucracy and its trampling of parental rights. Republican State Representative Justin Price, for instance, vowed to file legislation that will “put the power back in parents’ hands.” He also wants to add a philosophical exemption that would allow more parents to opt out their children, in addition to requiring that parents receive more information on the vaccines to assist in obtaining informed consent.

Another lawmaker, State Representative Sherry Roberts, accused the health department of going too far. “This disease is not an airborne contagion that puts students in the classroom at risk,” she said in a statement quoted in media reports. “The decision to vaccinate 11-year olds against a sexually transmitted disease should be left to the parents and legal guardians of those children.” Activists also vowed to push for legislation entirely removing the power of state health officials to mandate vaccines.

As The New American magazine has been reporting for years, countless doctors and health professionals around the world havelong questioned both the safety and efficacy of vaccines. Even the package inserts warn of potentially fatal and debilitating reactions to the shots’ contents, some of which are manufactured using aborted babies. Either way, though, the decision on whether or not to vaccinate children must remain with parents and doctors—not bureaucrats. Anything less is an assault on medical ethics, liberty, parental rights, and common sense.

Note: This article was reprinted with the author’s permission. It was originally published by The New American. Alex Newman is a correspondent for that publication. His coverage areas include economics, education, and politics.

20 Responses to Uprising Against HPV Vaccine Mandate Sweeps Rhode Island

  1. cynthia parker Reply

    August 30, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    This is a ridiculous bill. Were the legislators unaware of the hundreds of parents of children disabled or killed by Gardasil who wrote in to comment on Katie Couric’s blog after her interview of families affected by Gardasil damage? Didn’t look at the personal testimony at The Truth About Gardasil dot com? Didn’t look at the huge number of adverse reaction reports filed at VAERS caused by Gardasil? I read that it has caused more adverse reactions, up to and including paralysis and death, than all other vaccines put together. How dare they mandate it for every seventh grader in the state? How paternalistic to say that they’re just trying to make sure that no matter who the kids sleep with, they’re just trying to reduce the chances of their possibly getting cervical cancer thirty or forty years from now. Probably missed the recent study which showed that those who got the vax were MORE likely to get a dangerous strain of HPV (there are at least twenty cancer-causing strains, and the vaccine only protects against two of them) than those who had NOT gotten the vax.

    More likely though that, like in California, the pharma companies spread the love among the legislators with the understanding that they’d promote this obscene bill. I hope every last parent in Rhode Island takes every possible measure to resist this medical tyranny.

    • Bob Reply

      September 2, 2015 at 11:02 am

      I highly doubt the legislators care one bit about any side effects this vaccine may have. Their allegiance is to the makers that help fund their next campaign. If a few children have to fall by the way-side in their efforts to “make us safe”, so be it.

  2. Cypher Reply

    September 2, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I find it bizarre that people are finally starting to wake up to the dangers of some vaccines and the importance of having choice, but at the same time they are OK with making the childhood vaccines mandatory.

  3. Mary Reply

    September 2, 2015 at 8:01 am

    The solution to this dangerous mandate is simple. REFUSE to send your child to school. If all parents simply refuse then the mandate will change.
    This vaccine is dangerous!
    I am a Registered Nurse in the midwest and I would NEVER give this vaccine to anyone…..PERIOD!
    It is time to take a stand and yoir state must do so.
    By the way……..virtually ALL of these mandated vaccines have virtially NO positive impact upon the health of the recipients and are notoriously problematic.
    My sister was MURDERED by the oral polio vaccine, and as a result I have made it my life long mission to know everything possible about vaccines.
    I take NO vaccines except a tetanus shot every 10 years….period!

    • Jennifer Reply

      September 2, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Mary, you should skip Tetanus too!

      Suzanne Humphries has some great videos on youtube regarding how it is NOT effective. Also another video with her and an immunologist…talking about how it would only work if you put the needle into the exact place you had the cut(if it were to somehow contain Tetanus).

      US stats so low on Tetanus…I couldn’t find any stat post 1999 on the CDC website. And that was 40 cases a year in the ENTIRE US, for 1999.

      The bacteria is not just lying around. Comes from animals…rusty nail thing came from horses loosing their shoes; way back when.

  4. mike bellomo Reply

    September 2, 2015 at 8:47 am

    First they encouage children to be sexual then they miraculously have the cure for the resulting diseases from promiscuity.

    • JH Reply

      September 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      A great book to read about the lies they tell young people (that promiscuity or even sex can be safe) is _Unprotected_ by Miriam Grossman. ISBN 978-1595230454

      I refuse to give my child the HepB vaccine as well as HPV because the risks associated with the vaccines are significantly higher than the diseases themselves.

      Not all HPV strains are even covered in the HPV vaccine and the risks outweigh the supposed protection. If contracted, one gets HPV first, then, it may develop into cervical cancer if not diagnosed and treated quickly so the absolute LIE that it prevents cervical cancer is insidious. It’s a scare tactic. (I know this personally.)

      Abstinence works 100% of the time and young people need to be educated about the multiple sexually transmitted infections/diseases out there that they contact with just ONE sexual encounter/needle, not necessarily intercourse. But, to this argument, sexual activity should NOT be occurring in schools therefore, requiring a vaccination for an STI/STD should be forbidden as a requirement to attend a state-funded school. Stop treading on me!

  5. mike bellomo Reply

    September 2, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Create the problem and then have the solution.

  6. Ellen Reply

    September 2, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Excellent response to the article, cynthia! I couldn’t agree more. It’s long past time for parents to wake the heck up and stop this madness that is killing and maiming our children.

  7. Elizabeth Reply

    September 2, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Oh for the good old days of ‘abstinence’
    among the majority vs ‘anything goes’ !
    Less mental & physical problems to worry
    about anyway. I agree !- with OPTIONAL
    VACCINES such as this, parents should
    have the options. This is from the viewpoint
    of an Arizona resident whose school-age
    child had been required to get the
    Gardasil and Hep A vaccines. Arizona must have
    a really good reason for this , ‘ shudder ‘.
    Being from the midwest, quite a lot is strange
    stranger & strangest when you move every
    few years. Lucky ! -no adverse reactions.
    Horrible when you get a vaccination and have
    to equate that with ‘rolling the dice’.

  8. Colorado Reply

    September 2, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Great article. We’re afraid to take our children to the doctor over this vaccine issue. Love the idea to completely absolutely remove the power for state health officials to mandate vaccines, as a national rule. Can my child only get the 1980’s vaccine schedule? REQUEST: Still waiting on a flyer from NVIC that I can hand to nurses and doctors whom constantly pushes vaccines on us. The volume of pro vaccine propaganda that hospital workers are exposed to is absolutely remarkable. We need to counter that during personal office visits, with paperwork of our own. I’ve told many practitioners about nvic.org, but writing down a web site on scrap paper is not the same as a specific piece of paper which is meant to be handed by a concerned parent, to the pro vaccine nurse or doctor. Thank you.

  9. April Tatro-Medlin Reply

    September 2, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Maybe They are doing this to induce “blended learning” where some children attend school from home on the computer at virtual charters. In Nevada they intend to have at least 100,000 kids in “blended learning” & funding laws were changed to allow funds to follow the child- even at private schools ($5000 each)or charters.So far there have been 2000+ requests.They are advertising that the money will go to the parents so there is sure to be many more requests. Also, Check into National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD) #51. After 9/11 400 dormant laws came to life- it’s why we no longer recognize our country in the U.S.NSPD #51 may contain info on vaccine mandates being legal in more situations.

  10. April Tatro-Medlin Reply

    September 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I agree with “Mike Bellomo”. They are trying to sexualize the children here in NV by changing Sex Education curriculum to Sexuality Education.
    A former Planned Parenthood clinic owner can be seen on You Tube describing the program they had in place to go into public schools & teach kids about sex to create a market for the clinic. They would hand out defective condoms & give girls low dose birth control that had to be taken at the same time everyday or it was ineffective.She would make $25 for every 1st term abortion & more for 2nd term.Video is titled “Abortion Provider Speaks”by Father John Hollowell. I was “pro-choice” my entire adult life until I saw this video 2 months ago & others by abortionists. A MUST SEE VIDEO FOR ANYONE WHO SEEKS THE TRUTH.

  11. JH Reply

    September 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    If you really want to further your education in this field, April, investigate Margaret Sanger and the origins of the Planned Parenthood. Investigate the eugenics movement as well.

    The U.S. federal government has gotten too big and I hope enough citizens rise up and fight back this onslaught of vaccine requirements with no liability.

    All that glitters (or yells the loudest or has the most lobbying money) is not gold.

    • Helen Landau Reply

      September 3, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Planned Parenthood = Eugenics = the Big Bad Government
      how nice. No wonder it is so hard to convince NORMAL people that the vaccines are dangerous. What, with all these right wingers /fascist flinging themselves to the movement like the dirty flies to the candle.

  12. APV Reply

    September 2, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    IOM: Food proteins present in vaccines cause the development of food allergies

    The US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) charged the Institute of Medicine (IOM) with providing a thorough review of the current medical and scientific evidence on vaccines and vaccine adverse events.

    The IOM has concluded in its report that:


    “Adverse events on our list thought to be due to IgE-mediated hypersensitivity reactions
    Antigens in the vaccines that the committee is charged with reviewing do not typically elicit an immediate hypersensitivity reaction (e.g., hepatitis B surface antigen, toxoids, gelatin, ovalbumin, casamino acids).
    However, as will be discussed in subsequent chapters, the
    above-mentioned antigens do occasionally induce IgE-mediated sensitization in some individuals and subsequent hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis.”

    For those who may not be familiar, here are the basics of allergy – a two step process:

    Sensitization: When exposure to an allergen (food protein) occurs for the first time, there are no symptoms. Over a period of a few weeks, the immune system develops antibodies specific to the allergen. The person
    is now sensitized. In other words, the person has developed allergy to the specific food item. “IgE-mediated sensitization”, is the technical description for development of allergy.

    Elicitation: When a sensitized person is exposed to the same allergen again, they develop an immediate reaction (usually within minutes). Also called hypersensitivity reaction. This is called elicitation. A severe,
    life-threatening case of elicitation is known as anaphylaxis.

    So in simple English, the IOM committee has concluded that food proteins such as gelatin, egg (ovalbumin) and milk (casamino acid is derived from milk) that are present in vaccines, cause healthy non-allergic people to
    develop allergies to those food items upon receiving the vaccine.

    Dr. Schuchat’s response to Sen Elizabeth Warren:
    WARREN: The diseases can, but not the vaccines. Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines have contributed to the rise in allergies or autoimmune disorders among kids?

  13. AK Crow Reply

    September 5, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Studies show that a percentage of people and animals develop ever increasing levels of BSA IgE antibodies to each vaccine given. Vaccines are mandated not for non mortalty related ilnesses and informed consent or screening for high BSA IgE responders is not done. Here are a number of concepts worth considering and citations at the end that can be copied and pasted in pubmed.gov or web to see or search yourself with terms like: BSA AND IGE AND VACCINE.
    I. Why not improve vaccines to reduce adverse effects instead of denying a problem. People who do a little research find taking an increasing number of vaccines is increasing likelihood that they will cause illness or death. . . people and animals now die annually due to IgE antibody response to cow proteins that are sadley and unnecessarily in every American vaccine. There could be solutions like screening for high BSA IgE levels and not administering vaccines to at risk people…or removing the erroneous proteins thus making clean vaccines.
    The people and animals who do respond to vaccines by making IgE antibodies to bovine serum albumin, (BSA – a cow protein), found in and increased by each vaccine received, are the people at high risk for anaphylaxis and death…and what other problems this may cause to the living hyper responders is not documented.

    II. Annual death due to measles is reduced now to 0; this reduction has been done duely with nutrient dense food availability and vaccines – not soley vaccines…look at data charts to see scurvy and measle deaths declined together BEFORE introduction of vaccines.
    Is it the recurrence now of poorer nutrition that has given measles resurrection? Lack of nutrient availability, reduced good bacteria, and blood sugars may play a role… Consider:

    A. Low levels of Vit A and C leave people at greater risk to get many diseases… Recently passed legislation has increased allowable level of Glyphosate residue on foods. Glyphosate pesticide blocks our digestion and use of nutrients including Vit A and this increase in Glyphosate mirrors resurrection of eradicated and new diseases. See how in Interdiscip Toxicol. 2013 Dec;6(4):159-84. doi: 10.2478/intox-2013-0026. “Characteristics of celiac disease point to impairment in many cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are involved with detoxifying environmental toxins, activating vitamin D3, catabolizing vitamin A, and maintaining bile acid production and sulfate supplies to the gut. Glyphosate is known to inhibit cytochrome P450 enzymes. Deficiencies in iron, cobalt, molybdenum, copper and other rare metals associated with celiac disease can be attributed to glyphosate’s strong ability to chelate these elements. Deficiencies in tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine and selenomethionine associated with celiac disease match Glyphosates known depletion of these amino acids.” Low levels of Glyphosate also kills good bacteria before the bad.

    B. Blood sugars over 140 disable immune cell function; I personally have taken glucose readings from non-diabetic healthy children; 4 of 6 children in at risk communities – had readings 141 to 170 while active but drinking soda, the blood glucose returns to normal by next morning but immune challengers had the advantage equal to the frequency and duration of the soda…it’s interesting to me that a notable measles outbreak was at candy land…

    1.Vaccine. 2012 Dec 14;30(52):7615-20. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.10.029. Epub 2012 Oct 23. Equine IgE responses to non-viral vaccine components. Gershwin LJ at al


    2. J Comp Pathol. 2007 Jul;137 Suppl 1:S51-6. Epub 2007 Jun 11.
    Vaccine safety in the neonatal period. Day MJ

    A percent of horses gain IgE antibodies to bovine serum albumin in vaccinea and the increased anaphylaxis


    3. Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy. May 2000, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 152-156

    4. Presence of IgE antibodies to bovine serum albumin in a patient developing anaphylaxis after vaccination with human peptide-pulsed dendritic cells. Andreas Mackensen

    5. IgE reactivity to vaccine components in dogs that developed immediate-type allergic reactions after vaccination. Ohmori K
    Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2005 Apr 8;104(3-4):249-56.

    Daily foods with Vit A raise retinol not periodic large dose…Vitamin A policies need rethinking. Mason J in Int J Epidemiol. 2014 Oct 10.

    Vaccine latest press release:



  14. Mabel Raymond Reply

    December 18, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I have suffered from Human papillomavirus HPV) for 2years, I was given some tablets at the hospital but I refused to take it, They said I have to be on it for life so I don’t want take a drugs everyday for life. No point in taking medicine everyday when u won’t get cure from it and I was advice to seek for natural herbal cure, after some time I found dr Osas on the internet and he is the most trustful herbalist that have herbs to cure stubborn symptom’s. I emailed dr Osas, for 2weeks been his patient he cured my (HPV) with his herbal. I only used his natural herbs for two weeks it was 100% cure. I’m not (HPV) patient anymore. I’m happy about it i finally got cured out of this mess that has been in my body for 2years. I will also recommend you if you’re living with (HPV) or herpes symptoms i also want you to be free contact dr Osas with the email attach to my post. doctorosasherbalhome@gmail.com or contact his number via +2348112252378 or you can as well add him on whatsapp with same number

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  15. reyes Reply

    January 5, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I has suffered for Human papillomavirus HPV) for 2years, I was given some tablets at the hospital but I refused to take it, They said I have to be on it for life so I don’t want take a drugs everyday for life. No point in taking medicine everyday when u won’t get cure from it and I was advice to seek for natural herbal cure, after some time I found dr galiga is the most trustful herbalist that have herbs to cure wicked symptom’s,I emailed dr galiga, for 2weeks been his patient he cured my (HPV) with his herbal. I only used his natural herbs for two weeks it was 100% cure. I’m not (HPV) patient anymore. I’m happy about it i finally got cured out of this mess been in my body for 2years. I also recommend you if you’re living with (HPV) or herpes symptoms i also want you to be free contact dr galiga with the email attach to my post. drgaligaherbalcenter@gmail.com

  16. Paul Zara Reply

    January 29, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I has suffered for Human papillomavirus HPV) for 2years, I was given some tablets at the hospital but I refused to take it, They said I have to be on it for life so I don’t want take a drugs everyday for life. No point in taking medicine everyday when u won’t get cure from it and I was advice to seek for natural herbal cure, after some time I found dr aza is the most trustful herbalist that have herbs to cure wicked symptom’s,I emailed dr aza, for 2weeks been his patient he cured my (HPV) with his herbal. I only used his natural herbs for two weeks it was 100% cure. I’m not (HPV) patient anymore. I’m happy about it i finally got cured out of this mess been in my body for 2years. I also recommend you if you’re living with (HPV) or herpes symptoms i also want you to be free contact dr aza with the email attach to my post.dr.azaherbalhome@gmail.com or call his number on +2348107155060

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