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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
"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
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.