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Forced Vaccination Judged Unconstitutional in Colombia

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The Court stressed that decisions involving medical procedures should ultimately be made by patients themselves, not the government.

The Constitutional Court in Colombia recently ruled that mandating the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is unconstitutional. However, the precedent-setting judicial decision went beyond HPV vaccine mandates and affirmed the ethical principle of informed consent to medical risk taking.

According to the Court, which is the highest judicial body tasked with interpreting that country’s Constitution, the state cannot make decisions regarding the bodily integrity of its citizens because to do so would violate human dignity.1 2

The Court stressed that decisions involving medical procedures should ultimately be made by patients themselves, not the government. It cautioned Colombia’s Ministry of Health that it “must obtain the informed consent [of patients] prior to administering the vaccine” to them.1

The ruling by the Court raises questions now about a law (Ley 1626 de 2013) passed by the Colombian government in 2013 that “guarantees” the “free and obligatory” vaccination of Columbia’s population with the HPV vaccine. The law originally mandated the HPV vaccine for young girls in primary and secondary schools (grades four through seven). Coverage was subsequently expanded to include girls through 11th grade.1 3

For those not attending school, the 2013 law mandated the HPV vaccine for girls between the ages of nine and 17 years old.1

The Colombian newspaper El Espectador has reported that spokespersons for the Ministry of Health have said they’ve not yet received notice of the Constitutional Court’s ruling but noted that, despite the 2013 law, anyone who wishes to opt out of receiving the HPV vaccine may do so by requesting an exemption to the vaccine in writing.1

On Aug. 4, 2017, a group known as the Colombian Rebuilding Hope Association filed a class action lawsuit against the Colombian government and Merck Sharp & Dohme on behalf of 700 people alleging they have been harmed by the Gardasil HPV vaccine. The lawsuit seeks compensation of approximately $30.5 million for “damage allegedly due to the vaccine, mainly symptoms that affect the immune and neurologic systems.” It also calls for a “declaration that the vaccine is unsafe.”4

There has been heightened concern about the HPV vaccine in Colombia since 2014 when more than 200 girls in the town of El Carmen de Bolivar in the northern part of the country were hospitalized after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. The girls, all between the ages of nine and 16 years old, came down with symptoms “ranging from fainting to numbness in the hands and headaches.”5


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8 Responses to Forced Vaccination Judged Unconstitutional in Colombia

  1. Sandy Lunoe Reply

    September 10, 2017 at 7:33 am

    In 2015 the Norwegian Labour party suggested forced vaccination but they have been lying low about the issue after the neighbouring country Sweden deemed forced vaccination as unconstitutional.

  2. Animal Mama Reply

    September 7, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Now let’s pray this happens world wide as we stand strong together and demand NO FORCED VACCINATION.

  3. Ted Kuntz Reply

    September 1, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Columbia is more of a champion of human rights than the United States, Italy or France. Wow!! How the world has changes.

  4. Colorado Reply

    September 1, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I do believe that’s the shot my wife has to take if she ever wishes to attend school to elevate her position to an lpn or rn. We can not find any educational centers in CO who allow opt outs for students. Travel to Columbia to get a nursing education? There has to be a better way.

    • Ms Redding Reply

      September 2, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Colorado still has a non medical exemption. Vaccines are not mandatory for school or college.

      • Colorado Reply

        September 6, 2017 at 11:17 am

        But the programs involving RN and LPN require on the job training, a sort of internship or mandatory hours contributed approach. Because you’ll be in a medical environment, the college institutions insist on compliance with vaccination schedule before you can even begin class. Can you please clarify what this exemption is and how we might go about using it for schooling in the medical fields? Thank you.

    • sheldon101 Reply

      September 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      What a great idea, requiring those who want to be part of conventional medicine to follow the rules of conventional medicine.

      If someone doesn’t want to follow conventional medicine, there are plenty of alternatives. The safest for the patient and the practitioner are therapeutic touch and homeopathy. The benefit of therapeutic touch is not only that it doesn’t work, but patients are unlikely to rely on it alone. Homeopathy doesn’t work either but the danger is that patients will avoid proper treatment for too long. I still remember those videos showing groups of individuals trying to commit suicide using overdoses of homeopathic pills. The only problem was for those with lactose problems.

      However, I’d actually say that those who don’t get the HPV vaccine might not be required to get it as it is passed thru sexual contact and thus wouldn’t be a danger for patients. I would mandate the flu vaccine as however effective it is each year, patients shouldn’t die because their nurse has weird ideas. Nursing and medical schools should require the flu vaccine each year. After all, no one forced them to attend them instead of naturopathic schools.

  5. Steve Hinks Reply

    September 1, 2017 at 2:01 am

    A HUGE THANK YOU to Monica León del Río and the Rebuilding Hope Association. This is a massive victory and will lead the world fight against this terrible vaccine.

    The WHO recommend this vaccine BUT if you go to their own database of adverse drug reaction reports at http://www.vigiaccess.org and type in ‘HPV vaccine’ you will find over 76,000 reports with 297,020 Adverse Reactions, including 400 reactions with fatal outcome and 897 neoplasms.

    The truth must prevail.

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