Tough vaccination bill passes State Senate

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SACRAMENTO - The California Legislature on Monday passed a bill requiring mandatory vaccinations for children, moving to end exemptions from state immunization laws based on religious or other personal beliefs.

The bill will now go to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration.

The measure, which would be one of the toughest vaccination laws in the nation, would require more children who enter school, or day care, to be vaccinated against diseases including measles and whooping cough.

The bill was introduced because of concern about low vaccination rates in some communities and an outbreak of measles at Disneyland that ultimately infected more than 150 people.  Parents for and against feel very strongly about the issue: "I think its not fair and it one more way for parents rights to be removed," said a father of two who chose not to vaccinate his kids for religious reasons.

"I think that’s ( SB277)  great because you don’t want your kids to get sick nor get other kids sick if yours are," said a mother of a 6 month old who was vaccinated last week.

Those with medical conditions such as allergies and immune-system deficiencies, confirmed by a physician, would be excused from immunization. And parents could still decline to vaccinate children who attend private home-based schools or public independent studies off campus.

Brian Stenzler, is the president of the Calif Chiropractic Assoc., an outspoken opponent of the measure, he says the bill is unconstitutional because it takes away informed consent. "The authors of the bill says you have a choice or consent because you can decline, but then your kids can't go to school. Public school is a right under the constitution so it becomes coercion and not consent."

The state Senate approved the bill earlier this month, but must concur with minor amendments to the legislation approved by the state Assembly on Thursday. The Senate voted in favor of the bill Monday afternoon. The Governor has 30 days to veto.

Read the full story at Los Angeles Times.

18 comments

  • Phil Thomlinsen

    What are the illegals all up in arms about? They get free vaccines, right? Along with everything else that us taxpayers give them.

    Just get your shots so you don’t give my kids any diseases that you brought north with you.

    • Christina

      If your child has THEIR vaccinations, then what are YOU worried about? It’s a parent’s choice. Some people don’t want to put poisons into their child’s body, and they have that right. And, whatever you might say about their not being poisonous is not true. Mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum… along with many other toxic substances found in “vaccinations” ARE harmful. Why wouldn’t people be upset about their parental RIGHTS being stolen? It is unconstitutional!

      • ali

        If you want to live in this society, you must do things to protect this society. Vaccinations certainly don’t thrill any parent but why should you get to push the responsibility onto everyone else.

      • Corinne

        Maybe you should do a “current” research of what is in vaccines before making statements like that!

    • BillFritz

      You are nothing but a bigot. Remember one thing you stupid SOB, that is if you ever even knew. THIS IS A NATION, EVEN TWO CONTINENTS, THAT ARE MADE UP OF IMMIGRANTS. i MYSELF AM iRISH AND REMEMBER SIGNS SAYING “HELP WANTED BUT NO IRISH NEED APPLY!” SO ASSHOLES LIKE YOU CAN GOT STRAIGHT TO HELL!

  • JuniorSD

    I agree with you Christina and you’re right. But hey, some people are oblivious and asleep that they don’t know the truth about vaccines. Even Bill Gates himself said, “The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s heading up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on NEW VACCINES, health care, reproductive health services, we could LOWER that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent (about 1 billion people)”. To me, that doesn’t sound like he wants to save lives through vaccines but rather reduce the population through the things he mentioned for population control. Wake up people!

    Don’t believe me, go watch his video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WQtRI7A064

    • KE

      Funny, since Bill Gates did not vaccinate his owns kids. Do your homework. Elitists more often than not, do not vaccinate and if you research the highest educated counties in the state, you will see they have the lowest vaccination rates. Good for thought. Regardless of your opinion on vaccines, we need to remember the rights we have under the constitution and the rights as parents to make decisions for ourselves and families. It should never be up to the government to decide what is good for us. It is exactly how Hitler ruled. I don’t know about you, but I am not interested in living in a concentration camp and losing my children “for the better good.”

  • Mom

    People please show respect. Make your comment but there’s no need to be disrespectful. This is already touchy subject. Just imagine how the world would be if everyone was respectful. That’s it. Have a happy 4th of July, raise those flags up high people.

  • James West

    Unfortunately a lot of people are uneducated about vaccines. I guy I knew was paralyzed from the neck down from a vaccine and died shortly afterwards.

    Many parents will spread their children’s vaccine shots over the course of a few month, so their immune system isn’t overwhelmed from getting a bunch of diseases at the same time.

  • BillFritz

    THANK GOD! AND MAY “PARENTS” BURN IN A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR ENDANGERING CHILDREN! REMEMBER THAT CHRIST SAID THAT, “AS YOU TREAT THE LEAST OF THESE SO DO YOU TREAT ME!”

  • BillFritz

    When I was three I came close to joining God, I wish I had! But Meningitis was cured by MEDICATION! I did not have to suffer through POLIO because I had the vaccinations. I remember “The March of Dimes!” So DON’T tell me about children in Iron lungs etc., “Christ said that as you, treat the least of these so do you treat Me! !” Not much grey area here I’m afraid.” I may say I’m sorry, but I’m not, I am sorry for the abused children, but not for the abusing parents. “Tis said that “To error is human, to forgive divine.” But I am only human, not divine. I have to leave forgiveness to God. Who ever you conceive it to be. “It’s also said that there’s enough room in Hell for all of US!”

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