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During the past year, Attorney Bob Snee was hired by a young couple in Portland to get their newborn infant returned to them after the state took custody. The parents had refused eye ointment, Hep B vaccine and Vitamin K shot at birth.  None of these treatments are required by law, and none of them were essential to the life of this infant.

Many parents have been fearful to birth their children in hospitals or bring their children to doctors in the case of broken bones or bad cuts, for the simple reason that medical personnel have become so aggressive in pushing vaccines that they threaten to call Child Protective Services if the parents do not submit their children to vaccination.

During the past year, Attorney Bob Snee was hired by a young couple in Portland to get their newborn infant returned to them after the state took custody. The parents had refused eye ointment, Hep B vaccine and Vitamin K shot at birth.  None of these treatments are required by law, and none of them were essential to the life of this infant. Yet aggressive medical staff separated the healthy infant from her breast-feeding mother. Bob Snee was successful in getting the infant returned to her parents, but at extreme emotional expense.

Since then Oregonians for Medical Freedom have been active in changing the definition of child abuse, so that it does not include failure to vaccinate.

Oregon DHS has issued an urgent statewide policy memo to all staff regarding immunizations and well-child visits. Oregonians for Medical Freedom members Brittany Ruiz and Legislative Policy Coordinator Bo Snee working with Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, introduced SB 687 into the Senate Committee on Human Services.

This bill was to update the current law that the definition of child abuse did not include failure to or delay of immunization. While this bill never made it out of committee, the information and testimony provided by a multitude of Oregonians for Medical Freedom coalition members made a tremendous impact on the committee members that caused this memo to be released.

The memo states:(B) Medical neglect is a refusal or failure to seek, obtain or maintain necessary medical, dental or mental health care. Medical neglect includes withholding medically indicated treatment from infants who have disabilities and life-threatening conditions.

However, failure to provide the child with immunizations or routine well-child care alone does not constitute medical neglect. When the CPS worker is making a determination of medical neglect, this determination must be consistent with medical findings.

Susan Jorg is a resident of Estacada.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: The Estacada News strives to

provide space on this page for a wide range of opinions. But we do not agree with all opinions expressed here. For example, The News will continue as an advocate for immunizations as wise preventive measures parents should take to protect their young children from many diseases. Polio, for example, has been wiped off the map in the

U.S., and has almost been eradicated worldwide, simply because of efforts to immunize children against this disease. Vaccinations are safe and are endorsed worldwide by medical professionals.

— Steve Brown

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