Dear Representative Mims,
On behalf of Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights we would like to express our utter disappointment with your unilateral decision to again kill the philosophical vaccine waiver bill without giving it the opportunity to be heard by your peers. We understand that many legislators actively lobbied to hear the legislation.
We find it very disheartening and even baffling as we read publications that quote you stating, "I believe we ought to have a very limited role in government, period." What you are doing, Mr. Mims, in fighting against our legislation to restore a parent's fundamental right to make health care decisions for our own children is the antithesis of what you proclaim you believe. What do you believe?
In an interview in January of this year, less than a month before killing house bill 1420 that would afford a parent to be judicious for their children regarding vaccines, you said you believed in more individual responsibility and the promotion of family values. You stated, "I think we have to get back to a day where families are taking responsibility for their actions, and mom and dad are taking responsibility for their family."
Really? How can parents take responsibility for our families if duplicitous politicians with misplaced allegiance toward government bureaucrats refuse to do the right thing and support legislation that supports parents rights? Considering the runaway vaccine program is in fact a GOVERNMENT program; we are having a very difficult time understanding your strong stance against what we are determined to accomplish.
Other key legislators also did not allow our bill to be brought up in committee, but we feel like they are listening to what we are sharing, going so far as to offer a hearing when you refused to participate in one altogether. Other legislators ask questions and welcome more information. They give explanations and advice as to how we can make this legislation something they can and will pass moving forward; this has not been our experience with you.
You have been impossible to communicate with this season, ignoring multiple calls from your constituents, choosing not to reply to emails that pertain to the subject of vaccine options and refusing to give Mississippians a real explanation of your actions, or lack thereof. This only fuels the fire, Mr. Mims. We have no choice but to assume that your loyalties lie not with the people of Mississippi, but elsewhere.