North Hollywood, CA, September 7, 2010 — The Mothers’ Alliance Ireland (MAI), a committee of Christian Democrats the Family First Party dedicated to protecting the rights of parents and the welfare of children, has spent almost a decade researching the HPV/cervical cancer link and is now actively protesting mandatory vaccination of adolescent girls. MAI and concerned mothers from various counties throughout Ireland have written letters to the media, passed out information leaflets, held public meetings and contacted public health officials and politicians protesting this legislation.
Although Ireland has historically been a country filled with political strife, when it comes to the health and safety of their children, Irish mothers set aside all political differences. That is just what is happening all across the country – concerned mothers and political activists have united to call a halt to the Irish HPV vaccination programme.
Gardasil was launched in Ireland much like it has been in other countries around the world; with a massive media campaign telling about the deadly risk of cervical cancer and how it can be avoided with a few simple injections of the latest ‘miracle vaccine.’
Several hundred Irish girls between the ages of 12 and 13 were offered their first jab of this ‘miracle vaccine’ in May 2010, when the pilot program was launched in selected areas. 80% accepted the offer. When the time came for the second jab, only 64% took the government up on their offer. In September, the Irish government plans to offer Gardasil to the rest of the eligible girls throughout Ireland. Mothers around the country are expressing their sincere concerns.
These mothers have watched, as over 19,000 reports of adverse events after HPV vaccine injections have been reported in the United States. They know that with only 1 to 10% of the victims actually filing reports, that there could be anywhere from 190,000 to 1,900,000 young women who have been injured in the United States alone.
Nora Bennis states, “Mothers Alliance Ireland is determined to continue our campaign to have this dangerous vaccine withdrawn BEFORE any more of our young girls are seriously hurt by it. We intend to do everything we can to stop it. We are calling for safe, affordable, necessary and effective vaccines to be made available to all, respecting at all times the right of people to refuse.”
Mairead Hilliard, Irish Vaccine Informed Parents, says, “I have been campaigning for some years that parents should be given the manufacturer’s information on State promoted vaccines so that they can make an informed choice before giving their consent to any vaccine, including the HPV vaccine. I think it is outrageous that Irish parents have been misled about the safety of the HPV vaccine.”
Jackie Hogan from Clonmel sums it up: ”As parents, our priority is to protect our children and keep them safe from harm. Sometimes, out of fear we might jump in and make a hasty decision, believing information received from people in authority. We need to start relying on ourselves and trusting our own common sense. We need to make decisions on what WE feel is right for us and our children.”