Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Govenment is Attempting to Take Away More of Our Rights

Measure Eases Vaccine Rules

Here are some excerps from the article:

"Congress is considering a bill that would allow the government to order that vaccines be given to every U.S. citizen in a national emergency, even if a vaccine has previously harmed some people.

The bill would also make it almost impossible for anyone harmed by these substances to sue the manufacturer or drug researchers. "

"This is a drug company stockholder's dream and a consumer's worst nightmare," said Barbara Loe Fisher, director of the National Vaccine Information Center. "It is a sad day for this nation when Congress is frightened and bullied into allowing one profit-making industry to destroy the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing citizens their day in court in front of a jury of their peers."

"Information about the drugs' effectiveness or its potential to do harm could not be obtained through normal federal Freedom of Information channels. Manufacturers would be immune from lawsuits arising out of negligence claims in cases where people have been made sick or have died."

"Since the public would have trouble obtaining documents proving a drug is causing adverse reactions, Fisher said, there is little chance of challenging a drug company in court."

"The last resort for ordinary Americans who are victims of corporate negligence, is the civil justice system. So, we are against any proposal that leaves people without a just remedy [like this one]," said Erin Mayton, deputy director and counsel of communications for the American Trial Lawyers of America."

This really sickens me. How can we be the 'land of the free' and have so many of our rights taken away?

We were born with free will, granted to us by God. Let's exercise this free will and make sure this bill NEVER passes!


Jessica said...

man, almost makes me wanna register to vote!! is very irritating!!

Anonymous said...

You can thank your Republican President and your Republican Congress for supporting measures like these. I have to say, however, I don't think the other party is much better.

As far as Jessica's post above, I hope you're joking about not being registered to vote. It's sad that in the greatest country in the world where people have the most freedoms, we have such a dismal voter turnout and so many people don't exercise their right to vote.

Not only do you have the right to vote, as an American you also have the responsibility to vote to make the system work. Do you want other people to make decisions like this for you? If not, go register to vote, write your elected officials (they do read mail/email and often respond) and vote for heaven's sake before they take that away too!