WIC Threatening Unvaccinated Kids with Starvation
In case you were wondering just how out of control things have gotten as a result of the one-sided, astroturfed media feeding frenzy in recent weeks targeting the unvaccinated, here is one for the record books.
1935 Germany 2015 America. Will the unvaccinated be forced to wear the modern equivalent of a yellow Star of David at some point in the near future? Not so far fetched in my estimation given the current environment filled with irrational, hate filled disinformation that has little to do with objective science let alone tolerance within the context of a supposedly free society.
Over the past couple of days, I have received emails from poor mothers who have been threatened at WIC appointments for having children that were either not current with their shots or totally unvaccinated. So much for the divisive and totally false media claim that unvaccinated children come from rich, snobby, liberal leaning families that shop at Whole Foods. The truth that the media doesn’t want you to know is that the ever growing trend cuts across all socioeconomic, religious and political affiliations.
WIC , if you recall, is a federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC provides the following at no cost to poor families: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care and community services.
These poor mothers, many who are single without any family support and barely scraping by, are being told that a new WIC “policy” has been implemented that gives them one month to get their children up to date on their vaccines.
The price of noncompliance?
No WIC benefits which is akin to a starvation sentence for the children of these below poverty line mothers.
The thing is, no such policy exists!
What we have here are misguided, vigilante bureaucrats within the WIC program trying to do what they think is right but what is, in fact, totally illegal
Vaccination laws are state laws and WIC is a federally funded program. WIC employees have zero input on whether a participant’s children are vaccinated or not.
Click here for the WIC eligibility requirements. You will notice that nothing is said anywhere about vaccination status as a requirement for benefits.
If you or someone you know is participating in the WIC program and is experiencing this kind of illegal harassment, know your rights and don’t be afraid to exercise them. Here’s what to do based on the level of bullying being experienced. If step one works, then no need to proceed to the escalating levels of push back.
- Bring a printed copy of the WIC eligibility requirements. Show that no vaccination status is mentioned anywhere as a requirement for benefits.
- Have your local WIC Office call the national WIC office at this phone number to set them straight: 703-305-2062
- If your local WIC office continues to harass you, present a copy of your valid vaccination exemption form for the state you live in. Click here for a list of exemption options for your state.
- Contact your US Senators and US congressperson and inform them that WIC is trying to starve your children over vaccines. Click here for a directory.
- Contact the local media and/or a local attorney that handles injury cases on a probono basis.
This type of completely illegal government harassment is as heart wrenching as it is enraging.
To think that the poorest and most vulnerable among us are being threatened with starvation because they have opted to delay or forgo vaccines, which is completely legal in 48 of 50 states (and in the other two states, bills are in the works to allow for religious or philosophical exemptions).
Push back! Many times this simple act is enough to stop the harassment.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.