From Nuremberg to California: Why Informed Consent Matters in the 21st Century, by Barbara Fisher

Informed consent for a vaccination means you have the right to know what’s in the vaccination, potential adverse reactions, and the ability to decide whether or not you want the vaccination. It’s an important principle, and is routinely ignored in the administration of vaccines. From Barbara Fisher at

Since I was asked to make a presentation about vaccine exemptions in 1997 at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., I have publicly defended the informed consent principle, which was defined as a human right at the Doctors Trial at Nuremberg in 1947.1

Informed consent means you have the right to be fully informed about the benefits and risks of a medical intervention and the freedom to make a voluntary decision about whether or not to accept those risks without being coerced or punished for the decision you make. Informed consent applies not just to risks taken by participants in scientific experiments, but also to risks taken by patients under the care of physicians.2,3,4,5

Informed Consent Principle Applies to All Medical Risk-Taking

Today, when a person publicly advocates for informed consent protections in vaccine laws, an “anti-vaccine” label is usually immediately applied to shut down any further conversation.6,7 Perhaps because a conversation about ethics opens up a wider conversation about freedom. The right and responsibility for making a decision about risk-taking rightly belongs to the person taking the risk.

When you become informed and think rationally about a risk that you or your minor child may take — and then follow your conscience — you own that decision. And when you own it, you can defend it. And once you can defend it, you will be ready to do whatever it takes to fight for your freedom to make it, no matter who tries to prevent you from doing that.

Never Do Anything Against Conscience

Albert Einstein, who risked arrest in Germany in the 1930s when he spoke out against censorship and persecution of minorities, said, “Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.”8 There is no liberty more fundamentally a natural, inalienable right than the freedom to think independently and follow your conscience when choosing what you are willing to risk your life or your child’s life for.

To continue reading: From Nuremberg to California: Why Informed Consent Matters in the 21st Century

2 responses to “From Nuremberg to California: Why Informed Consent Matters in the 21st Century, by Barbara Fisher

  1. Every time we visit the hospital, they remind us that we haven’t had our influenza shots. And every time, they shut up when I tell them “The efficacy is not proven.”. One brave nurse did reply that they give the shots because people ask for them. I replied that yes, fear is the greatest motivator, but I’ve decided to ignore their constant pleas on the TV, radio, and print, as there are better ways to go through life than being constantly afraid of life (that from my Dad).



    • The flu shots they want to give you would probably have a thimerosal preservative, too. Thimerosal is mercury-based and adversely affects the brain. I’d be surprised if they told you that, thus your consent would be uninformed unless you already knew about thimerosal.You are wise to refuse the shots; I don’t get them either.


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