Bill to Limit Vaccine Exemptions Moves a Step Closer in California
A California bill that would allow students to opt out of mandatory school vaccinations only if they have a medical condition that justifies an exemption is one step closer to becoming law, though it still has a long way to go. The bill was introduced in the California Senate in response to a measles outbreak at Disneyland in late December that’s now linked to almost 150 infections.
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Among several hundred supporters and protesters outside the Capitol building in Sacramento on Wednesday, the bill sparked a debate about individual rights and responsibilities.
Opponents wore American flags. One child held a sign that said, “Force my veggies, not vaccines.” They say eliminating the personal belief exemption threatens their ability to do what’s right for their kids.
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