Less than one day after a prominent doctor warned that a totalitarian push for universal vaccination might be developing, California Democrat Sens. Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein began calling for exactly what the medical expert feared.
At the same time, California lawmakers are moving to force parents to vaccinate their children – even if the families object to immunizations on religious grounds. A bill taken up by the state’s senate would allow parents to decline the vaccines only if immunizations pose a medical threat to children with conditions such as allergic responses or weak immune systems.
“While a small number of children cannot be vaccinated due to an underlying medical condition, we believe there should be no such thing as a philosophical or personal belief exemption, since everyone uses public spaces,” California’s Democrat senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, wrote in a letter to state Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley Wednesday.
“As we have learned in the past month, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children not only put their own family at risk, but they also endanger other families who choose to vaccinate.”
Meanwhile, California state Sen. Ben Allen announced he is co-sponsoring legislation with fellow Democrat Richard Pan to end parents’ rights to exempt their children. Gov. Jerry Brown has signaled his support for the legislation, even though he preserved religious exemptions to state vaccination requirements in 2012. (Read more about the push for universal vaccinations HERE)