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Fact #24  Several European countries have banned Thimerosal from vaccines. In 2004, California and Iowa banned Thimerosal from vaccines. Today, there is no federal ban on Thimerosal, although a bill has been introduced.
On May 14, 2004 Iowa banned Thimerosal for use in vaccines, with a bill signed by Governor Thomas Vilsack. On September 28, 2004 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California signed a bill banning Thimerosal for vaccines for pregnant women and babies that will take effect in July 2006. From Mothering Magazine, August 2004:
"Those opposed to the use of thimerosal in vaccines are calling for the support of the Mercury-Free Vaccine Act of 2004 (HR 4169). Sponsored by US Representatives Dave Weldon, MD (R-FL), and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the bill seeks to enact an agreement reached in 1999 among the Public Health Service, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and vaccine manufacturers to remove the preservative thimerosal from vaccines. Composed of 50 percent mercury, thimerosal is a neurotoxin particularly harmful to the developing nervous systems of fetuses and infants. Today, despite the 1999 agreement, thimerosal remains an ingredient of a number of vaccines--including the newly recommended flu vaccine. According to Weldon, "This legislation is necessary to ensure that we don't roll back the clock when it comes to eliminating this mercury exposure to developing fetuses and infants. We can eliminate this exposure now and it is inexcusable not to." Maloney adds, "It's a simple concept: kids shouldn't be given anything that's toxic. Who would argue with that? Vaccines can be made without mercury, so why not remove the mercury and remove any doubt?""
The Mercury-Free Vaccine Act of 2004 was introduced in May 2004 by US Representatives Dave Weldon, MD (R-FL) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). It has yet to pass.
Fact #25  In 2002, a mysterious "Lilly Rider" was inserted into the Homeland Security Bill at the last minute, insulating Eli Lilly from potential litigation regarding vaccines and Thimerosal.
According to the New York Times in November 2002:
"Lobbyists for Eli Lilly & Company, the pharmaceutical giant, did not have much luck when they made the rounds on Capitol Hill earlier this year, seeking protection from lawsuits over a preservative in vaccines. Senator Bill Frist, Republican of Tennessee, tucked a provision into a bill that went nowhere. When lawmakers rebuffed a request to slip language into domestic security legislation, a Lilly spokesman said, the company gave up. Now, in a Washington whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie, the provision has been resurrected and become law, as part of the domestic security legislation signed on Monday by President Bush. Yet in a city where politicians have perfected the art of claiming credit for deeds large and small, not a single member of Congress - or the Bush administration - will admit to being the author of the Lilly rider. "It's turning into one of Washington's most interesting parlor games," said Dave Lemmon, spokesman for Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat of Michigan, who has promised to introduce legislation to repeal the provision. "There's a lot of guessing, a lot of speculation as to who did this. The provision forces lawsuits over the preservative, developed by Eli Lilly and called thimerosal, into a special "vaccine court." It may result in the dismissal of thousands of cases filed by parents who contend that mercury in thimerosal has poisoned their children, causing autism and other neurological ailments."
The Lilly Rider was finally removed from the Bill in January 2003.
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