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As we have previously reported, the state of Oregon wants to take away the right to informed consent and vaccine choice and mandate vaccines for all children statewide. The bill was introduced by Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a State Senator in Oregon who is also a medical doctor.
The public attended a hearing on the bill last week, and much of it was video-taped. In the clip above, attorney Robert Snee from Portland is shown addressing the Senate Committee on Health Care, which includes Hayward.
Attorney Snee begins in this clip by addressing the American Medical Association’s published Code of Ethics which states physicians may claim a religious or philosophical reason not to be immunized. Snee makes the point that if physicians have the right to such exemptions, how is it legal to take that right away from citizens of the State?
Attorney Snee then quoted from an article published in the American Academy of Family Physicians featuring Oregon Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, M.D. In the article, Hayward is addressing the issues she was facing with taking drugs during pregnancy. Dr. Hayward suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS), and according to the article abstained from taking her MS drugs during pregnancy because of her presumed concern over her unborn child.
After her second child was born, according to the article, she consulted with a neurologist about her options in breastfeeding her second child:
The subspecialist informed Steiner Hayward in no uncertain terms that she was going to start interferon therapy immediately and she would not be allowed to breastfeed.
But Steiner Hayward had other ideas.
“Breastfeeding protects against autoimmune disorders, and I have MS,” she said, laughing and shaking her head. “So I did the research and told her I thought interferon was too big to get into breast milk and that I was going to go ahead and breastfeed.
“She, of course, thought I was crazy and told me I was not to do that. So I went out and found another neurologist who respected the fact that I was an FP and I knew what I was talking about, and he agreed that (breastfeeding) was OK.” (Source.)
At this point in his testimony, Attorney Snee was stopped by Steiner Hayward who was sitting just across from him, in a very visibly upset tone, claiming that the attorney was “impugning her integrity” by relaying the story from the American Academy of Family Physicians article.
She then went on to explain why she disagreed with her doctor’s recommendation not to take her MS drugs and continue breastfeeding, based on her own research and what she felt was “best for my child.” She states:
So I would be very grateful if you did not take my decision, my personal decision about my medical care out of context.
Attorney Snee responded that he had no intention of impugning anyone, but that he was simply pointing out that the sponsor of the bill in Oregon who wanted to take away the right to informed consent on medical procedures such as vaccines made a decision to disagree with a medical treatment that affected someone else, and that her right to do so was the same right citizens were seeking to retain for themselves.
Watch the video above. This is a perfect example of medical tyranny in action in the United States of America, happening right in the legislative branch of the Oregon State government.
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward wants the right to make her own personal medical decisions for her and her children, even if means disagreeing with a medical specialist who presumably had more knowledge than her in the matter of the pharmaceutical product she was considering.
However, this medical doctor, who is also a lawmaker, does not want anyone else in Oregon to have the same freedom of choice in regards to other medical products like vaccines. This would include other doctors and medical professionals who do not share the same views on vaccines and the science behind them as does Steiner Hayward, so she wants to use the power of government to force everyone else to believe like she does.
One of the doctors in Oregon who would be forced to give some vaccines to patients that he presently does not give vaccines to, would be Paul Thomas, M.D., FAAP. Dr. Thomas is a board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He also testified against SB 442 in front of the Senate Committee on Health Care in Oregon: