One mom found out that entrusting her daughter to Detroit Public Schools meant she had no say in vaccinating her daughter—they did it anyway at school.
It was only a couple weeks ago that we learned about a teacher illegally buying a student the morning after pill, then this week comes the story of a school giving vaccinations to a child without parental consent.
You can read the story of the vaccination here. In part it says:
Sighle Kinney is fuming after her 14-year-old daughter was given four shots by the school nurse at Marcus Garvey Academy without her permission...The daughter said she was called out of class by the school nurse on Jan. 30 and sent to the school’s clinic, which is operated by St. John’s Medical. While there, she was given four vaccinations, including the one for HPV. It was the shot for HPV that really touched a nerve.
In the interview (embedded below), Kinney says,
“I’m her mother. That’s my call; that’s not their call.”
She’s right, of course. There are few exceptions when a child can be treated without parental consent, such as when her life is in danger and no one can be reached. Vaccinating children at school randomly doesn’t fall under any guidelines of being okay.
Kinney’s daughter was given the vaccines for meningitis and the flu, but worse than that she was given the Hepatitis A vaccine (made from the cell line created with an aborted fetus) and the HPV vaccine, both of which are very controversial.
(Source: With link to PDF with list of all vaccines made from aborted fetal lines and any ethical alternatives, as well)
Although (and very disappointedly) St. John Providence Health System is Catholic, clearly they have decided that when it comes to vaccines, they can not only give vaccines that come from stem cell lines from aborted fetuses, such as the Hepatitis A vaccine, which has no current ethical alternative, but they seem to believe it’s okay to do without parental consent.
Ironically, the statement of the school claimed confidentiality in discussing it (there’s a head scratcher) and the hospital said this:
St. John Providence Health System is aware of a situation involving a student treated at the health clinic at the Marcus Garvey Academy. We will meet with the student’s family to ensure that the issue is addressed appropriately.
Here’s the problem with St. John’s statement. There is no way to undo what they did.
You can’t take back a vaccine. Even a tattoo has less permanent implications. Once a vaccine is in a person there is no "vaccine removal service" that can suck it out of you.
Let’s be clear: Vaccines are a choice. No one is telling you to vaccinate or not, but some of us don’t do them. I don’t have children, but I refuse even ethically made vaccines for myself because I don’t like them; I just don’t want something created that way in my body; for me the cost outweighs the benefit. If someone forced my child to get an HPV vaccine, or a fetal cell vaccine, I wouldn’t likely be calm enough to be on TV like this mother is. Even a flu shot without my expressed consent wouldn’t be okay.
I’ve been a public school teacher. I am not anti-public school and am deeply thakful to those who serve in them daily, but when I see situations like this, it’s hard for me to put my faith in a system that continues to usurp it. From sea to shining sea, the powers that be are making decisions that are the individual’s.
How dare a school system give four vaccines to a girl when the mother has a notice on file not allowing more than an aspirin? Watch the interview with the mom below. This isn’t a person endangering her child; it’s a woman who is raising her child and entrusted her to a public school system that betrayed her family. I suspect St John’s is going to be paying for this ethical and probably legal violation it made. But once again, no matter what actually happens as a result of this awful decision, the 14-year old girl has been vaccinated—and you can’t change that.
This story makes me shudder. I am afraid if I were a mom I might lock my kids in the house. It’s one thing to make a choice others disagree with, but it’s quite another thing to make a choice for a competent person. Detroit Public Schools and St. John’s Hospital have violated every standard of ethics one could imagine and, as the mother says, must be held accountable for its actions to the most serve way possible by law because this must not happen again. If schools can superfluously inject four vaccines into a child without a parent’s consent, what more power could they have one day if they are allowed? How about we never give any school or hospital that opportunity?
Note: While Catholics do allow vaccines, there is much they say against it too. resource on the ethics of fetal cell vaccines from Children of God for Life: The Aborted Fetal Cell Line Vaccines And The Catholic Family: A Moral and Historical Perspective