Think tank will unite doctors dedicated to safeguarding informed consent in vaccination
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2019
Newport Beach, Calif. — The nonprofit educational organization, Physicians for Informed Consent (PIC), has opened registration for the PIC Workshop & Luncheon. Scheduled for March 17, 2019, at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa, California, the event will focus on medical ethics, mandatory vaccination, and public health law.
“PIC was founded in 2015 in response to SB277, the California mandatory vaccination law which eliminated the right to informed consent for parents of children who attend private and public schools,” said Dr. Shira Miller, PIC founder and president. “Since our inception, we have received an outpouring of support from doctors, scientists and attorneys—from California to New York and abroad—who oppose mandatory vaccination laws. Like the PIC Inaugural Meeting & Luncheon, this event will again unite our fellow colleagues in an educational think-tank environment.”
As part of a full day of scientific and legal sessions, the PIC Workshop & Luncheon will include a lecture by Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche entitled “How Mandatory Vaccination Violates Medical Ethics.” Professor Gøtzsche is a physician and specialist in internal medicine; the founder and former director of Nordic Cochrane Center, Copenhagen, Denmark; and cofounder of the Cochrane Collaboration. He has published more than 70 papers in “the big five” (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and New England Journal of Medicine), and his scientific works have been cited more than 40,000 times.
Lectures and workgroups will be aimed at safeguarding informed consent and protecting at-risk children from vaccine injuries. “Best Practices for Physicians Recommending a Medical Exemption to Vaccination” will be taught by Dr. Toni Bark and Greg Glaser, PIC’s pro bono general counsel and national coalition director, and “Vaccine Case Law and Precedent in the United States” will be presented by leading U.S. attorneys Mary Holland, Jacques Simon, Greg Glaser, Richard Jaffe, Brad Hakala and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Mr. Kennedy will also lecture on “Mandatory Vaccines & Public Health.”
Vaccine injury is a public health problem. In 1986, in reaction to mounting lawsuits from severe vaccine injuries, the U.S. government instituted the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) and removed liability for vaccine injuries or deaths from vaccine manufacturers and healthcare workers. Since then, every dose of a childhood vaccine has been charged an excise tax to fund the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund for the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. To date, $4,060,857,713.42 has been paid out for cases of severe vaccine injury or death—to only a small fraction of petitioners.
“When a parent is coerced into consenting for the vaccination of his or her child, he or she is not granting informed consent but rather coerced consent,” said Dr. Miller. “Not only is that unethical, but it’s also not evidence-based.”
Mandatory vaccination laws are embedded in an environment that’s effectively immune from the tort system, civil litigation, and publicity, so great diligence is required on behalf of physicians in order to provide informed consent to their patients. The Workshop & Luncheon is open to PIC M.D./D.O. and Doctoral Members, and will unite doctors, scientists and attorneys who are pro-informed consent in vaccination. Space is limited, and attendees are encouraged to register early. To register, please visit https://physiciansforinformedconsent.org/workshop/.
Physicians for Informed Consent is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization dedicated to safeguarding informed consent in vaccination. For more information, please visit https://physiciansforinformedconsent.org/.