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Freedom Alliance is committed to preserving and upholding the principles of bodily integrity, medical freedom, and informed consent.

In line with the ethical principles outlined by the Nuremberg Code (1), and UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2), Freedom Alliance will campaign for your rights to choose what path of medical treatment is right for you and your family. We will work to ensure there are no penalties or disadvantages attached should you choose to decline a medical product or treatment, including medical testing, for any reason. 

Whilst we champion scientific breakthroughs that save lives, and support the right of any person wishing to receive a vaccination to do so, we will always vigorously oppose any level of vaccination mandate, whether explicit – making a vaccine outright compulsory – or tacit – making full participation in society conditional on vaccination status. We will also apply the same principles to medical testing. It is an individual’s right to accept or decline any medical test as they see fit, and we will work to ensure there are no penalties or freedom-curtailing measures applied to individuals as a result of personal medical decisions. Freedom Alliance is a pro-choice party and does not believe any individual should be discriminated against for their personal medical choice.

Freedom Alliance will also work to ensure medical professionals rigorously adhere to their own ruling body’s guidelines of informed consent when offering any medical product or treatment, including vaccination. Doctors in the UK are bound by the terms of the Montgomery ruling, which states:

“The doctor is therefore under a duty to take reasonable care to ensure that the patient is aware of any material risks involved in any recommended treatment, and of any reasonable alternative or variant treatments. The test of materiality is whether, in the circumstances of the particular case, a reasonable person in the patient’s position would be likely to attach significance to the risk, or the doctor is or should reasonably be aware that the particular patient would be likely to attach significance to it.” – Judgment in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11, paragraph 87.

The ruling also notes that frequency of risk is not the only factor that should be taken into consideration when informing patients (3). Therefore, Freedom Alliance believes it is incumbent on doctors to make patients aware of all material risks of vaccination before they consent to receive them, including risks that may be considered more uncommon. This is especially important in the context of the coronavirus crisis, where an array of fast-tracked, experimental, and unlicensed vaccines will shortly (when writing in November 2020) be available to the population, and the extent of potential risks and adverse events, both short and long-term, is not known. 

Freedom Alliance also believes that parents or legal guardians are the appropriate parties to make medical decisions for children, and will challenge the current application of the Gillick competency ruling (4), which permits children to make medical decisions without parental knowledge or consent. While the UK legal system correctly recognises that children under 16 are not mature or responsible enough to offer their own consent for an array of actions, this principle is frequently flouted where it comes to vaccination, an area in which Gillick competency is often invoked to justify administering vaccinations to children – including under duress – without parental consent. 

Children are not competent decision-makers where it comes to serious and potentially life-altering processes, which is precisely why we have age-based consent laws to protect them. Freedom Alliance will seek to overhaul the current institution of the Gillick competency ruling to ensure it reflects that reality. Whilst Freedom Alliance recognises vulnerable children in exceptional circumstances may sometimes require legal protection to make their own medical decisions, in the large majority of cases, where parents or guardians are recognised as competent caregivers, Freedom Alliance believes medical practitioners must require the express, informed consent of parents or guardians to apply any medical procedures to children. 

To sum, Freedom Alliance believes in requiring the transparency and accountability of the medical profession in gaining the full and informed consent of all patients prior to administering any treatments. We believe in medical care coming from consent, not coercion or deception (including deception by omission), and that no individual should feel pressured into accepting a medical treatment they have reservations about. Further, we are committed to ensuring that no child is expected or pressurised to make adult decisions they are not ready for. Freedom Alliance will protect the autonomy and freedom of you and your family to make the healthcare choices that are right for you – with no social or economic penalties resulting from what you decide. We genuinely believe that it is your body and your choice.

References:

1) https://www.bmj.com/content/313/7070/1448.1

2) http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=31058&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

3) https://www.themdu.com/guidance-and-advice/guides/montgomery-and-informed-consent

4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4962726/