Calif. lawmakers to vote on mandatory vaccination bill

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SAN DIEGO -- A controversial mandatory vaccination bill being debated in Sacramento is pitting personal rights against public health.

“This is our bodies,” said Kelli Williamson. "It's scary that someone else can decide for my one-year-old what goes into her body other than myself or my family.”

Williamson is a new mom. She strongly opposes AB277, which would remove a parent's right not to vaccinate their school-age children due to a “personal belief exemption” or for religious reasons.

The new law comes on the heels of the measles outbreak that began at Disneyland last December. The CDC declared it over last week.

“I am not against vaccines,” Williamson said. “I feel the focus has been taken off of the responsibility of the vaccines to be better.”

So far she has chosen not to vaccinate her one-year-old daughter for fear of what she believes are too great of risks and possible side effects. Under the new law, her child and others like her would not be allowed to attend school - private or public.

“I really hope it doesn’t come to that but if it does I will move out of state.”

Instead, Williamson believes we should be looking at new, safer ways of administering vaccines with more transparency.

“The big one, MMR vaccines, measles, mumps and rubella – that needs to be separated." said Williamson. “Why do we need to put three together make it the most toxic vaccine for convenience?”

The Senate Education Committee will vote on the issue Wednesday.

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  • Blatent encroachment on our rights to decide for ourselves and our children.

    Really, take away our right to decide for ourselves and parental rights to decide for their children? More people die from aids, smoking, alcohol, diabetes, overeating, poor nutrition, diet pills, car accidents, or even crossing the street and the lawmakers go after our rights and parental rights to decide freely for their children? This is insanity and encroachment on our individual freedoms! It goes so far as to force you to take vaccinations that have not been proven safe to your satisfaction. Means you will have to take the governments word that it is safe rather than you being able to use your own due diligence. And we all know the government tests and standards are perfect and not subject to pressure from the pharmaceutical industry.

  • BornandRaisedSanDiego

    Nobody in the state of California or anywhere else has the right to tell me what I “have to do” to me kids. Nobody. This is just another power grab by a bunch of out of control politicians in Sacramento running this state into the ground. This is completely ridiculous.

  • Kristen Riedel

    Let me get this straight, once the baby leaves the woman’s body, she no longer has any right to decide what happens to it? Parents who make an informed decision, possibly based on a tragic outcome for their older child, will be forced to take the risk again or rear their children as social pariahs? How is ANYBODY being allowed to make medical decisions for strangers consistent with the American idea of freedom?

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