Natural Solutions Foundation
Protecting Religious Vaccine Exemptions
Statement of Ralph Fucetola JD
Before the New Jersey Assembly Health Committee
Monday, March 16, 2015
The Trustees Vaccination Statements
Part One: Dr. Rima: http://drrimatruthreports.com/informed-consent-means-you-can-say-no/
Part Two: Gen. Bert: http://drrimatruthreports.com/stand-with-me-against-vaccines/
Part Three: Counsel Ralph: http://drrimatruthreports.com/forced-vaccination-as-a-barbaric-ritual/
I was in Trenton this morning (16 March 2015) to make a statement before the NJ Assembly Health Committee.
A-1931 would compel religious expression in order to “qualify” for a religious exemption to vaccination. Current law simply relies on the parent’s written assertion that the parent has a religious objection. The new law would burden religious expression by compelling speech. Under the Constitution there can be no religious test, no govt forbidding of any religious speech — and certainly no govt compelling of religious expression. If parents can be compelled to explain their religious beliefs, some bureaucrat would be empowered to deny them the free exercise of their religious beliefs. With only one committee member voting to uphold religious liberty, after “listening” to several hundred people speaking against the bill, and three for it (Paid lobbyists? One of whom was photographed sleeping in the committee room) the Committee reported the bill to the whole Assembly for consideration. The battle moves there. RF
Honorable Committee Members,
I am a life-long New Jersey resident. I graduated from Rutgers College and Rutgers Law School and practiced law in New Jersey from 1971 until my retirement in 2006. I have been an ordained minister since 1974 and I am both the President of the Institute for Health Research and a trustee of the Natural Solutions Foundation, an international NGO focused on health and health freedom. I come before you as a private person. I oppose A-1931.
In recent weeks many concerned communicants are coming to me to talk about vaccination of themselves and their children. They are deeply conflicted, fearing for their children and wanting to do the right thing. Many of them have serious moral and philosophical scruples which lead them to religious conscientious objection to vaccination. In providing ministerial counseling to these people I often discuss the obligations of a parent to their child and the ethics of taking risks with the child. Some parents feel they have a religious, moral obligation to protect their child from known risks. They believe they cannot challenge what they see as the child’s God-given immune system without doubting their faith and denying their belief in a beneficent God.
I assert the Right of Informed Consent, enshrined in the First Amendment, the Helsinki Declaration and the AMA Code of Ethics, which, by definition, necessarily includes the Right to refuse any treatment. Without that right to refuse any treatment, Informed Consent is meaningless, a mere mockery.
I personally stand with moral exemplar Mahatma Gandhi who famously wrote “Conscientious objectors to vaccination should stand alone, if need be, against the whole world, in defense of their conviction.” And that is the intensity of religious belief that motivates the admittedly small percentage of New Jersey families as well as non-parents who choose not to vaccinate for religious reasons. I come here today to ask you to resist further burdening the religious expressive association rights of these families and of those who see these rights for themselves.
What you are being told by the high-powered, CDC (tax payer) funded vaccine mandate supporters is simply disinformation. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) speaks for bureaucracy, not for free health choice. 
Last year a New Jersey administrative court judge awarded a nurse compensation after being fired when she refused vaccination on philosophical grounds, ruling that the religious exemption should be understood to reach all such personal beliefs that are as important to the person as deeply held religious beliefs are to the believers. To do otherwise would be to put the First Amendment into jeopardy. 
This is the correct view of the law of vaccine conscientious objection, and any attempt by the legislature to burden the free exercise of religion will be reversed by the Courts, as violations of expressive association rights.
Instead of restricting religious liberty, if you believe you must pass a law, I urge the legislature to adopt extensions of the exemption law, to codify the case law that protects philosophical and religious conscientious objection to vaccination and any mandated medical treatment.
In 1903 the North Carolina Supreme Court wisely observed, in State v Biggs, (46 SE Reporter 401): “Medicine is an experimental, not an exact science. All the law can do is to regulate and safeguard the use of powerful and dangerous remedies, like the knife and drugs, but it cannot forbid dispensing with them. When the Master, who was himself called the Good Physician, was told that other than his followers were casting out devils and curing diseases, he said, ‘Forbid them not.'” (p.405)
The Constitutional restrictions on governmental interference with religious liberty and expressive association are strong.
The religious beliefs of each person must be respected: “…neither this court nor any branch of this government will consider the merits or fallacies of a religion. Nor will the court compare the beliefs, dogmas, and practices of a newly organized religion with those of an older, more established religion.” Universal Life Church, Inc. vs. United States, 372 F. Supp. 770, 776 (E.D. Cal 1974)
I sincerely admonish the Assembly of New Jersey to respect the religious scruples of the non-vaccinating members of society. A-1931 seriously burdens religion by compelling state-approved expression, by requiring more than a simple assertion of Right permitted by the current law.
Thank you for acting in our best interests and preserving our God-given and Constitution-guaranteed First Amendment Freedom. The integrity and privacy of the family and each individual in New Jersey requires no less.
Ralph Fucetola JD
Natural Solutions Foundation
UPDATE: Louise Kuo Habakus
I am just back from Trenton. Over 400 NJ parents and professionals gathered at our state capital today to oppose a new Assembly bill that proposes to gut the religious exemption and effectively mandate vaccination for virtually all children.
No matter. 300 people were enough in Oregon but not NJ.
Despite the impassioned, compelling, and articulate testimony of over 100 who took the microphone to voice strong opposition, plus the hundreds who oppose the bill but declined to testify in the interest of time, the Health Committee voted to move the bill to the full Assembly.
– Chairman Herb Conaway changed his bill to match S1147 with no public notice
– He granted each person just 60 sec to speak
– He left the room with certain committee members for a long period of time without explanation
– He would not allow me to discuss conflicts of interest or the Merck lawsuit brought by 2 whistleblower employees alleging fraud to preserve its mumps vaccine monopoly
– He did not express any acknowledgement of the extraordinary presence of many hundreds who showed up… filling all 80 chairs, plus 175 standing along both sides of the room, spilling out the door, and another 150+ in a large overflow room
– Only 3 testified in support of the bill
– Committee members looked anxious and tense. There was very little discussion.
– Asw Jimenez deceived her constituents, saying she would oppose this bill (she voted in favor).
– Asm Eustice and Asm Green both expressed support to parents. They abstained.
– Thank you, Asm Peterson — the sole member to vote in opposition.
– Can you imagine what goes on behind closed doors in the Pharma capital of the world?
The situation in NJ is grim. There are now companion Assembly and Senate bills that have moved out of committee and headed for both houses.
I can’t impress strongly enough what is at stake. The NJ legislature wants to pass a law so it can determine who’s religiously sincere for the express purpose of increasing vaccine compliance.
Who will stand in judgment of those who stand in judgment? Implementation of this bill will destroy who we are and what we stand for.
It’s time to gather your people and start making your voices heard. We need to organize by legislative district. Contact your Senator and 2 Assemblypeople. Request a meeting and bring a large number of people. I will be working with the NJ Coalition for Vaccination Choice to get this done.
If you can convene large groups, we can get a Coalition member to lead discussions.
Act now. These bills will be hastened to both houses as soon as they feel confident. It’s not quite time to contact Gov Christie yet.
Stay tuned. Thank you to everyone who showed up today heart emoticon