Arizona Governor Jan Brewer just sent 50,000 “congratulations” cards to parents of newborns in the state. But they come with an added agenda. Brewer encloses a vaccination record and reminds the parents that vaccinating your children is the most important thing you can do.
But Jaime Eisenbise is upset about the cards, saying that a vaccination given to her son 5 years ago gave him autism. She thinks parents’ most important role is to keep their children safe, not get them vaccinated.
Since the 1990s, Hallmark has been providing free cards to states to remind them to vaccinate their children. Arizona pays for the postage – with a grant provided by the federal government.
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While Arizona does not force parents to vaccinate their children, the card is just one of many tools state and federal government uses to push vaccines on the populace. With the government now mandating insurance under the auspices of Obamacare, expect increased pressure, if not outright mandates, for childhood vaccinations.
This takes us back to the root of our problem: government mandates and federal usurpation of the people’s rights. Notice that a corporation and the federal government provided all of the funding for this program. Apparently Hallmark has received criticism for their “For America’s Babies” cards before:
Immunization Greeting Card
The following facts and information about Hallmark’s “For America’s Babies” program are offered to clarify some recent reports about the program.
Through For America’s Babies, now in its 16th year, Hallmark donates customized cards to state health departments. The cards convey good wishes on the birth of a baby and include a detachable section where parents may keep the child’s immunization record, as a reminder of immunization recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Currently 29 states/territories are enrolled in the program. Hallmark supplies the cards free of charge, and the state coordinates delivery through hospitals, county health departments or direct mail. We contact the CDC annually to confirm that the immunization record correctly represents CDC recommendations.
The program began in 1995, when a child advocacy organization based in Kansas City, Mo., home of Hallmark’s headquarters, approached the company with the idea. The program was well-received in Missouri, and expanded to Kansas the following year. Based on response in these two states and interest expressed by others, Hallmark made a commitment to donate cards to all interested states beginning in 1997.
While I do think the people at Hallmark have good intentions, why do they need to get involved? Shouldn’t doctors and patients work together to decide what’s good for the patient? Any America First readers have facts about the CDC “working with” pharmaceutical companies to come up with the recommended vaccine schedule? I was shocked last year to find out from a friend that their child’s doctor now recommends they get a vaccine against chickenpox. You might be able to make an argument for vaccines in eradicating serious illnesses, but chickenpox? That one sounds like big pharma trying to make money off of parents, doctors, and insurance companies.