By DR. ANN SURA

There is currently a massive grassroots effort to gather signatures to put SB 277 on the November 2016 ballot for the people of the State of California to vote on. The SB277 referendum, headed by former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, is a group of dedicated volunteers who are out every day all over the state.

The people of California — not the government — should have the right to decide what is best for their families. It should not matter whether or not you vaccinate your children, choose a different schedule of vaccinations, choose not to vaccinate certain vaccines, or not to vaccinate at all. This law isn’t really about vaccines; it is about liberty, which is the foundation of our constitution. It is about retaining informed consent, which is instrumental in the practice of medicine. It is about allowing families to make decisions with their doctor as to what is right for their unique situation.

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It is, fundamentally, about the over-reach of our elected officials taking campaign money in return for promises which then remove the foundation of liberty guaranteed by our constitution. So, please, let’s leave the hate out of the debate and fight united for liberty.

The SB277 referendum is a statewide grassroots group of dedicated people working to restore our liberty, our choice, and our medical freedom. We don’t have millions of dollars to hire professional signature gatherers. But we have passion. We have heart. We have families. And we have a strong belief that continues to drive us every day to go out and gather signatures.  

We believe we can do this. We believe that in a state of 38 million people and 17.7 million registered voters that there are more than 500,000 people who believe in liberty. We believe we can achieve what our opponents are calling the impossible — that we can gather those 500,000 signatures by September 25.

Whether you are for vaccinations, totally against them, or somewhere in-between, understand that SB277 and the referendum isn’t about being for or against vaccines. It is about liberty and the people’s right to have a say. So sign the referendum to get the question put to the voters then vote how you like on the issue in the November 2016 election.

It’s time to take a stand and take back our voice within our government. If you are a citizen of California, please stand up for liberty. Stand up for families. Help us make our voices heard by our elected officials. Visit sb277referendum.com to find out where you can sign the referendum today. Time is running out as the deadline to gather 500,000 signatures is September 25.

~ Dr. Ann Sura is a naturopathic doctor and manager of NaturaMed Natural Family Medicine in Kings Beach. She holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Regents University, New York.

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