One of my parents pulled her child out of school and is homeschooling, but not all parents can. Here is what some are doing.
A November 15th rally at California’s capitol building is sponsored by Our Children, Our Choice CA, a grassroots organization started by two stay-at-home moms who created their own Facebook page. They organized a similar event at the capitol building on October 18th that drew thousands of concerned parents who pulled their children out of school for the day to protest what they saw as a violation of their rights as parents to make medical decisions for their children.
“We are not here to take a stand against vaccines,” Tess Van Dusen told the crowd on October 18th. “We are here because we are mothers; we are fathers; we are grandparents; we are teachers and staff members, and it is our natural instinct to protect our children. If you choose to get this vaccine, we stand with you,” said Van Dusen. She and Amber Faddis are founders of the organization. “If you choose not to get this vaccine, we stand with you. We all choose what is best for our children because they are our children, and they are our choice.”
A retired cop sent me this statement, a statement to consider as we watch people lose their jobs over a mandate, and I have a good friend who is an EMT and is facing a mandate.
“When you find a loved one unresponsive and you call 911, and while you are waiting for the EMTs, does it cross your mind what an EMT’s medical history is? Would you turn him or her away if your beliefs did not match up? Would you pass on giving your loved one a fighting chance to get to a hospital and get care?
“When your house is on fire and your child is stuck inside and firefighters come to your home and put their own life on the line to save your child, do you first ask them what their medical and political beliefs are before they save your child? Would you ask them to leave and not help your child because you don’t agree with their beliefs?
“When you have a family member who is down to the last hours of life and you can’t get to him or her because there are not enough DOT workers to keep the roads safe and clear for travel – DOT workers who were in a snowplow by themselves and were very rarely in contact with the general public while working – do you feel better missing out on saying goodbye? Is your life better now that those people who made a different medical decision than you aren’t on the road?
“When you have a home intruder trying to break into your house to hurt your family, do you call 911 and only ask for a cop who shares your beliefs and turn him or her away because he or she does not, and hope the intruder is intimidated by your personal beliefs and makes the choice to walk away and not hurt you?
“When your loved one gets in a car accident and is rushed to the hospital and time is critical to save his or her life, do you first ask if the doctors and nurses who are going to save your loved one’s life have the same beliefs as you? Are you going to prevent them from saving your loved one’s life if they don’t?
“We live in the USA. We have lived among people who make decisions every single day that don’t align with our own … this isn’t about a medical decision anymore. This is about a new generation that believes everyone should think the same, everyone should agree on everything, and everyone should see eye-to-eye. That is never going to happen, and you can’t force people into it.”
The statement finishes with, “I am not for or against vaccines. I am 100% for people making decisions that are best for them and their families’ health. I have zero judgment either way.”