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West Virginia Christian Student Barred From School for Refusing Vaccination

Posted by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 9:29 PM
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West Virginia Christian Student Barred From School for Refusing Vaccination



A high school senior in West Virginia is fighting for what she believes is her right to refuse to be vaccinated.

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Hudok is poised to be the valedictorian of her class, but was told this past September that because she did not obtain the required vaccinations, she cannot come back to school. Her father, Phillip Hudok, who teaches at Olivia’s school, Pickens School–a small institution that teaches K through 12, told Christian News Network that their family opposes vaccinations for several reasons.

“I’ve been against them for years,” Hudok said. “We believe that it’s a defiling of the body. … We believe that the Lord has given us bodies that are very well designed and are able to fight [diseases without these shots].”

“We don’t believe it’s a medically sound thing to do,” he continued. “We believe that Autism is caused by a lot of these vaccines.”

“We believe it’s an intrusion into the family,” Hudok added as a third reason as to why he is against the required shots.

Hudok said that he has been studying vaccines for a number of years, and has even produced documentaries on the issue. Now, the topic has turned personal as Olivia faces off with her local school district about the matter.

The day that Olivia did not return to school, she released a videotaped explanation as to why she was not bending to the demands of the school district and the state health department.

“Yes, I have failed to become vaccinated, and I do not plan to concede just because the DHHR has mandated it,” she said. “Vaccinations should be voluntary. There are medical, philosophical, and religious reasons that demand an individual’s right to decide.”

Phillip Hudok explained that the matter began when the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources noted that the Center for Disease Control has made recommendations that youth obtain new booster shots for meningitis, diphtheria and whooping cough.

“The state DHHR instructed the county DHHR that they were instituting this policy statewide and that by law it had to be enforced,” he said, noting that the mandate pertains only to 7th and 12th graders.

However, Hudok takes issue with the matter because he feels that the requirement is not really law at all.

“The DHHR tried to get [the requirement] passed through the legislature. The legislature wouldn’t pass it,” he said. “So, they went around the legislature and passed it by what’s called ‘administrative rule.’”

“There are appointed positions, and they’re acting as if they have the power of the legislative branch of government,” Hudok remarked.

The Hudok family has since filed a lawsuit against the mandate, asking the court to grant an injunction, but the case is currently on hold until a ruling is handed down in a similar challenge in Kanawha Circuit Court. Phillip states that his county is the only one in the state so far that has not thrown out lawsuits against vaccine requirements. Two other challenges have recently been filed in various counties as well.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, West Virginia has one of the most stringent vaccination laws in the nation. While all other states provide religious exemptions from vaccine requirements, West Virginia and Mississippi are the only two that do not provide any type of waiver.

Olivia Hudok

“Hopefully, the legislature will pass an immunization religious freedom act in the upcoming legislative session so that people like me with religious convictions have a law protecting them,” Olivia said. “A religious freedom act would protect the responsibility of parents to make decisions in raising their children, as they are entrusted by God.”

Phillip Hudok said that the Deputy Attorney General Barbara Allen told the court recently that if parents refuse to have their children vaccinated, the state should be entitled to “medical power of attorney and forcibly vaccinate them.”

For now, Olivia is obtaining instruction at home, and does much of her schooling via Skype. Her father also acts as her teacher, and she meets with a French instructor every week. In addition, she is taking two college courses at nearby Davis and Elkins College.

When asked what parents should do whose children are in a similar situation, Phillip Hudok said that people need to educate themselves before making a decision.

“They better investigate before they vaccinate,” he advised. “[If something happens to your child,] the pharmacy companies have immunity as long as they list the side effects in what is called a drug insert. If you look at the drug insert, [it says] you can have seizures.”

In the meantime, Olivia says that she hopes that she will somehow be allowed to go back to school.

“It is my intention to return to school and finish as a member of Pickens School’s Class of 2013,” she said. “I hope that the school system will do the right thing and not bar me because of vaccines.”

State and county officials were not available for comment at press time.


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emmy526
by New Owner on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:23 AM
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This is from the article and very disturbing!


Quote:

Phillip Hudok said that the Deputy Attorney General Barbara Allen told the court recently that if parents refuse to have their children vaccinated, the state should be entitled to “medical power of attorney and forcibly vaccinate them.”

sweetangie79
by Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:36 AM

Is the stae then going to be responsible for alergic reactions or even death.  They are out of line.

emmy526
by New Owner on Nov. 21, 2012 at 6:42 AM

since pharma is rarely responsible, i doubt the state will be held to any standards. 

Quoting sweetangie79:

Is the stae then going to be responsible for alergic reactions or even death.  They are out of line.


MommyO2-6631
by Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:44 AM
This is just another thing i fear if i don't get my kids vaccinated. It really makes me feel pressured to do it. I don't think i should feel pressured to do anything i don't want to in a FREE country.... or maybe they just need to tell the truth to everyone that the united states isn't a free country. Vent over.
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emmy526
by New Owner on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:48 AM

i'd leave the country before i EVER let my govenment tell me what to do with my or my kids bodies...don't give in to government pressure just to satisfy them--you don't really know what these vaccines will do to your kid's health in the long run, as there are no studies on it, or any credible research, either.  

Quoting MommyO2-6631:

This is just another thing i fear if i don't get my kids vaccinated. It really makes me feel pressured to do it. I don't think i should feel pressured to do anything i don't want to in a FREE country.... or maybe they just need to tell the truth to everyone that the united states isn't a free country. Vent over.


Baby4us09
by Bronze Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:26 AM
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Hope this sets a president for MS.  Then they will both have Religious waivers. They need to be able to hold the state accountable as well because they shouldn't be able to make medical decisions for the cchildren. Not their children other peoples cchildren and then if something terrible happens to them it isn't their fault because its mandated. Its no one's fault. Then the parents need to scramble to figure out what they are going not do for their vaccine injured child. State will not pay, Big Pharma will not pay and insurance companies don't cover everything but yet they all require it.

Isabelles_mommy
by Bronze Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 6:16 PM

wow I am floored. I am so glad that they are standing their ground but scary. I so would leave the country if they tried to force me to vaccinate my children. 

kitty8199
by Silver Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:02 PM
Very

Quoting emmy526:

This is from the article and very disturbing!



Quote:

Phillip Hudok said that the Deputy Attorney General Barbara Allen told the court recently that if parents refuse to have their children vaccinated, the state should be entitled to “medical power of attorney and forcibly vaccinate them.”


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sreichelt26
by Member on Nov. 23, 2012 at 4:00 AM
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This is one of many reasons we're homeschooling. *if* my kids were going to new in public school, I would make sure I was in w state that took exemptions. And I'd move out of the country in a heartbeat before they tried to force vaccinations. We're already looking at Canada anyway.
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HiNeedNiki
by Member on Nov. 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM
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Man, things are truly scary here. Let's all just go to canada before they make a new law requiring everyone to get vaccinated before boarding an airplane!! Just need to pack some sweaters, ay? ;)
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