The bill still has to go through the assembly, but on Thursday the California state Senate OK’d a bill which would eliminate the parents’ ability to opt out immunizing their children due to personal beliefs. The alternative for parents who don’t vaccinate their children is homeschooling.
This move follows a measles outbreak from a few months ago back, which is said to be linked to low vaccination rates.
mandatory vaccine law just passed in California, how much longer until the rest of the country follows?
— luna•▲ (@merawana) May 15, 2015
— Heath Borders (@heathborders) May 15, 2015
I hope this makes it through the State Assembly. It’s not an issue of choice, it’s an issue of public safety. http://t.co/FMiGw10FTd
— Kristian Ramirez (@kristianramirez) May 15, 2015
Not all reactions to the news are positive, though.
Bad news from California. Democratic legislators seek to abolish religious & medical freedom & parental rights: http://t.co/NZz8PQGxHQ
— Jennifer Margulis (@JenniferMarguli) May 15, 2015
— Mike in Beloit, WI (@USA_Libertarian) May 15, 2015
Mandatory vaccinations in California? Incredibly dangerous precedent this would set. http://t.co/AXAHgvJZYQ
— Paco Ⓥ (@Dedos_Perdidos) May 15, 2015
The bill also supports education for unvaccinated children, but they still must be homeschooled or in independent study, away from other children.