Founder and President of the Institute for Health Freedom
Con to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"
"Americans in general and legislators in particular need to remember that the role of our government is to protect individual rights; not to run individual lives. Our country was founded on the principle of individual liberty, not state control. Times change, technologies change, and we see new health care advances every day. But one thing remains the same: Americans have an inherent desire for freedom of choice.
The United States should set the world standard for liberty by giving parents the freedom to decide whether or not to vaccinate... If parents are not even allowed to reject questionable vaccines for preventable diseases, such as Hepatitis B, then what will be forced upon their children in the future? Where do we draw the line for vaccinating children?
Government certainly has a legitimate role in making sure all parents understand the risks and benefits of vaccines. But in the end, parents should be the ones making important health care decisions for their children."
"Vaccinating Children: Where Do We Draw the Line?," www.forhealthfreedom.org, Jan. 22, 1999