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California May Ban All Exemptions to Vaccinations

If the new bill SB277 pushes through the Senate, there may be no more excuses for parents who cite religious or personal beliefs as reasons for not vaccinating their children. The California House has passed a proposal 46-30 that outlaws all exemptions from vaccinations, with the exception of medical.

"If SB277 is approved by the Assembly and Governor Brown signs it, California parents will be forced to give their children more than 40 doses of 10 federally recommended vaccines or homeschool unless they can find a doctor to write a medical exemption that doctors deny to 99.99 percent of children under federal guidelines," a representative from Californians for Vaccine Choice said.

Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children will be offered alternatives. They can homeschool their children or use public school independent study. Legislators say that if this bill passes, California will join Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states with such strict requirements.

The advocacy group Vaccine California pushed this agenda which made its way to the California House because they say they were concerned about the increasing numbers of unvaccinated people in California.

Not everyone is thrilled about the new bill. In fact, thousands of parents have visited the Capitol in protest, stating that the state is taking away parental rights.

The final vote by the state Senate required to send this bill to Governor Jerry Brown will take place on Monday.

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