Pandemic bill gives power to quarantine people; but is it constitutional?

Posted on September 27, 2009. Filed under: health care | Tags: , , , , , |


Concern over one virus has made thousands of people across the country — many have died and some worry that it could grow into a full blown pandemic. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is preparing  a very controversial bill. Massachusetts proposing legislation that would allow police to force  quarantining of residents and even impose martial law. Without a war. Could that possibly be constitutional?  Apparently they’re worried that the swine flu is a public safety issue. They’re talking about a law where the police can knock on your door or may or may not necessarily knocking it or just go in and essentially quarantining citizens.

” What they’re doing more than talking about in the state of Massachusetts.  A law that will allow Governor  Deval Patrick to declare an emergency. Once he declares an emergency he can authorize non healthcare licensed personnel, read that to mean police — to vaccinated people against their will and  force adults to take vaccination, without a trial, without charges- without even a search warrant. This is what the statute authorizes. It also authorizes the police to remove children from adults, to vaccinate them against the will of the child and the will of the parents.   Are they gonna just have neighbors turn and other neighbors?  Do they have a list of people who got vaccinated?  The constitution says the police can’t break into your home and the police can’t take your children away from you and parents decide what medication that children get.  (more…)

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