Petition Opposing Passage of the Emergency Health Powers Act in NY

The petition:

To Governor Pataki and all New York State Elected Officials
Oppose the Emergency Health Powers Act in New York State

We, the people of New York, are opposed to the Emergency Health Powers Act (S5841 and A9508) that was introduced into the New York State legislature on November 30, 2001.

While we appreciate the efforts of the state to protect citizens from biological and other forms of terrorism, it must not do so at the expense of our civil liberties.

Forcing vaccinations, abolishing patient privacy, criminalizing the refusal of medical treatment, seizing and destroying private property, controlling communications, food, fuel, drugs and other items while providing a waiver of accountability to the perpetrators of these acts is unconscionable.

The anticipated use of such hazardous agents as smallpox and anthrax vaccines underscores our belief that no Governor or Department of Public Health should be provided with such sweeping, unlimited powers.

On September 11th, thousands were sacrificed in New York City when two great towers fell. Today in New York State two great towers stand yet - the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution. Would you bring down what the terrorists could not?

We call upon you to ACTIVELY RESIST all efforts, plans and actions to promote and pass the Emergency Health Powers Act in New York State.

Respectfully submitted,
The Undersigned 

Sign and/or circulate the petition to defeat these bills -
Want to act now? Add your signature to the online petition

Download and print the petition for circulation in your community -
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Here is a list of officials to send printed petitions and letters to. Send your original signed petitions to Gov. Pataki and photocopies to as many legislators as you can.

Let Your Neighbors Know

Want to post some signs about the petitions and this bill?  Here are two formats. If you cannot open this (MS Word) emerg-post.doc properly after saving to your hard drive, use petition/emerg-post.txt and paste into your favorite text editor. Format it as you wish, then print and tape it up all around town!

At the National Level
An online petition presented by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons at http://www.aapsonline.org/alerts/petition.php voices opposition to the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (upon which the states are basing their new bills) and calls on President Bush to desist immediately from all efforts, plans and actions to promote and pass this bill.  

Go to State Emergency Health Powers Act Info page

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